Top five software applications to access MySQL/MariaDB servers

To manage a MySQL/MariaDB from web you can use the well-known phpMyAdmin script (available from cPanel, from Softaculous etc). But what happens if you want to use a Windows/Linux/Mac program to manage your databases? We will list here some programs that allow you to work with databases. With these programs you can connect to a local MySQL server or to a remote one. Also, all these programs have GUI – graphical user interface.

Notice that most web hosts block MySQL/MariaDB port 3306. Ask your host to add an exception in the firewall for your IP.

The best option is to download and test each of them to see which one do you like the most. So, in no particular order:

1.SQLyog

SQLyog is the most powerful MySQL administration tool for DBAs, developers and database architects.

sqlyog
SQLyog Window – Click image to enlarge

Homepage: SQLyog
Price: from $99($69 license+ $30 support); free updates for 1 year.
Info:
– strong/well-known product
– no Linux/Mac version; only Windows (32/64 bit) version available.

2.MySQL Workbench

MySQL Workbench is a unified visual tool for database architects, developers, and DBAs. MySQL Workbench provides data modeling, SQL development, and comprehensive administration tools for server configuration, user administration, backup, and much more.

MySQL Workbench
MySQL Workbench Window – Click image to enlarge

Homepage: MySQL Workbench
Price: FREE
Info:
– developed by MySQL/Oracle
– has versions for Windows (32/64 bit), Linux, Mac
– can’t use it with MariaDB anymore

3.HeidiSQL

HeidiSQL is a useful and reliable tool designed for web developers using the popular MySQL server, Microsoft SQL databases and PostgreSQL. It enables you to browse and edit data, create and edit tables, views, procedures, triggers and scheduled events.

HeidiSQL
HeidiSQL Window – Click image to enlarge

Homepage: HeidiSQL
Price: FREE
Info:
– free software; you can download installer/portable exe/source code
– no Linux/Mac version; only Windows (32/64 bit) version available.

4.Navicat for MySQL(Support MariaDB)

Navicat for MySQL is the ideal solution for MySQL/MariaDB administration and development. Connect to MySQL and MariaDB databases simultaneously within a single application. This all-inclusive front-end provides an intuitive and powerful graphical interface for database management, development, and maintenance. It delivers a comprehensive set of tools for those new to MySQL/MariaDB as well as professional developers.

Navicat for MySQL
Navicat for MySQL Window – Click image to enlarge

Homepage: Navicat for MySQL
Price: from $169
Info:
– available for Windows (32/64 bit), Mac, Linux

5.dbForge Studio for MySQL

dbForge Studio for MySQL is a universal GUI tool for MySQL and MariaDB database administration, development, and management. The IDE allows to create and execute queries, develop and debug stored routines, automate database object management, analyze table data via an intuitive interface.

dbForge Studio for MySQL
dbForge Studio for MySQL – Click image to enlarge

Homepage: dbForge Studio for MySQL
Price: FREE and Paid from $119.95 (support and upgrades for 1 year)
Info:
– no Linux/Mac version

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