Connecting to MySQL Server: A Guide for Beginners Using MySQL Command Line and Workbench

Learn how to establish a connection to a MySQL server effortlessly using both the MySQL Command Line Client and MySQL Workbench. Follow these step-by-step instructions to connect to your MySQL server, enabling seamless management and interaction with your databases.

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Connecting to MySQL Server using MySQL Command Line Client

Follow the below steps to connect MySQL server using MySQL command line tool

Open Command Prompt or Terminal

On Windows, press Win + R, type cmd, and press Enter. On macOS or Linux, you can open the Terminal.

Connect to MySQL Server

On the terminal or command prompt, enter the following command to connect to the server

mysql -u <username> -p

Replace the username with MySQL username and hit enter, it will ask you to enter the password. If you enter the password correctly, then it will connect to the MySQL server.

Connecting to MySQL Server using MySQL Workbench

Follow the below steps to connect MySQL server using MySQL workbench

Open MySQL Workbench

Start MySQL Workbench on your computer.

Create a New MySQL Connection

If you haven’t connected to the server before, click the “+” icon next to “MySQL Connections” on the home screen. Otherwise, you can click “Database” in the top menu and select “Connect to Database.”

Configure Connection Parameters

Fill in the following details in the connection setup window:

  • Connection Name: A descriptive name for your connection.
  • Connection Method: Standard TCP/IP over SSH (if applicable) or Standard TCP/IP.
  • Hostname: The hostname or IP address of the MySQL server.
  • Port: Default MySQL port is usually 3306.
  • Username: Your MySQL username.
  • Password: Your MySQL password.

Click “Test Connection” to verify that the connection details are correct.

Connect to the MySQL Server

After successfully testing the connection, click “OK” to save the connection settings and return to the main screen. Your new connection should be listed under “MySQL Connections.” Double-click it to establish the connection.

Watch the Video

Still if you are struggling to connect to MySQL server then you can watch the below YouTube video to understand more about it.

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That’s it for today. I hope you are able to connect MySQL server successfully on both terminal and workbench. Feel free to leave a comments if you are facing any issues. I will try to help you. Thank you, see you in the next post.

Bushan Sirgur

Hey guys, I am Bushan Sirgur from Banglore, India. Currently, I am working as an Associate project in an IT company.

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