MySQL Workbench 8.0.21

MySQL Workbench 8.0.21

Reviewed by Chris Thomas

"Design, manage and document database scheme."

Overview

MySQL Workbench is a robust GUI tool that developers, database administrators, and data architects can use to manage their SQL databases. The software provides a plethora of tools that aid in the process of SQL development, data modeling, site administration, server configuration, user privilege management, and a host of other purposes.

Installation

Being that this is a significantly large program with an extensive number of features, the installation and setup process can take quite a while. Fortunately, the wizard-style setup process will be familiar to most computer users, and anyone that is capable of working with MySQL databases will have no problems completing the installation. This software can be installed on all major distributions of Windows, Linux, and Mac OS.

Interface

One look at the user interface and it's plain to see that MySQL Workbench is a powerful, feature-rich software. Although there are a number of menus, navigational panes, tabs, and button icons viewable within the main window, the functionality is split into three main aspects – database development, design, and administration.

Pros

  • Helps you save time and hassle by giving you visual tools that allow you to create, execute, and optimize SQL queries

  • Includes everything needed to create complex ER models including features that facilitate/reverse engineering and advanced change management/documentation.

  • Customer support is available via 14 different country-specific service hotlines, as well as via e-mail

  • DBDoc feature lets developers create point-and-click database documentation in both HTML and plain text formats, and the output document contains all of the models/objects that were created during the session

  • You can right-click on any existing table within the integrated SQL editor and utilize the “Alter Table” option to easily modify column names, data types, indexes, partitions, and triggers

  • The "Foreign Keys" tab simplifies the process of defining foreign keys by automatically populating column tables after you select the desired preferences

  • Supports extended entity relationship (EER) diagrams, which allow you to model databases abstractly by defining how columns and tables interact with each other

  • Supports one-click SQL code generation and SQL syntax colored highlighting

  • Lets you save and reuse your favorite SQL snippets with ease

  • Displays important server diagnostic information like memory, network traffic, and CPU stats

  • Provides a simplified interface through which you can view/edit MySQL server settings

Cons

  • Some of the more powerful features may take a while to become accustomed to. However, this advanced functionality is what makes this software a leading solution amongst SQL database users

Alternatives

Some of the more notable alternatives to MySQL Workbench are HeidiSQL, Navicat, SQLyog, and SQL Power Architect. However, MySQL Workbench far exceeds the aforementioned competitors in both its functionality and overall user-friendliness.

Conclusion

If you're looking for a way to create, edit, and manage MySQL databases, MySQL Workbench provides every feature you could ever possibly want and more. With seemingly unlimited capabilities, adequate help documentation, extensive customer support, and a visual interface that is second to none, this software is a must-have for anyone that deals with the advanced aspects of SQL databases on a regular basis.

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Antivirus information

Download3K has downloaded and tested MySQL Workbench on 14 Jul 2020 with some of Today's best antivirus engines and you can find below, for your convenience, the scan results:
  • Avast:

    Clean
  • Avira:

    Clean
  • Kaspersky:

    Clean
  • McAfee:

    Clean
  • NOD32:

    Clean
MySQL Workbench Antivirus Report

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