Database driver MySQL
This guide provides instructions on how to set up and use MySQL with DBeaver.
Before you start, you must create a connection in DBeaver and select MySQL. If you have not done this, please refer to our Database Connection article.
DBeaver interacts with the MySQL server using a specific driver. It supports all versions of MySQL, but the correct driver must be selected: use MySQL (old) for versions 4.x and earlier, MySQL 5 for 5.x versions, and MySQL for version 8 and later. DBeaver also supports MySQL extensions such as NDB Cluster, OceanBase, and TiDB. For Google Cloud SQL, there is a dedicated Google Cloud SQL (MySQL) driver that supports MySQL version 8 and later. You must select the appropriate driver in the Connect to a database window for these extensions.
Table of contents:
- Setting Up
- Powering MySQL with DBeaver.
This section provides an overview of DBeaver's settings for establishing a direct connection and the configuration of secure connections using SSH, proxies, SSL, and the setup of ODBC/JDBC drivers for MySQL.
MySQL connection settings
In this subsection, we will outline the settings for establishing a direct connection to a MySQL database using DBeaver. Correctly configuring your connection ensures seamless interaction between DBeaver and your MySQL database.
The page of the connection settings requires you to fill in specific fields to establish the initial connection.
|Connect by (Host/URL)||Choose whether you want to connect using a host or a URL.|
|Driver Type||Select the appropriate driver for your MySQL database.|
|URL||If you are connecting via URL, enter the URL of your MySQL database here. This field is disabled if you're connecting via the host.|
|Host||If you are connecting via host, enter the host address of your MySQL database here.|
|Database||Enter the name of the MySQL database you want to connect to.|
|Port||Enter the port number for your MySQL database. The default MySQL port is |
|Authentication||Choose the type of authentication you want to use for the connection. For detailed guides on authentication types, please refer to the following articles:|
- Native Database Authentication
- AWS RDS IAM Authentication
- Azure AD Authentication for MySQL
- DBeaver Profile Authentication
- MySQL Kerberos Authentication
- Two-factor Authentication
You can also read about security in DBeaver PRO.
|Local Client||Specify the local client, see our article about Local client.|
|Server Time Zone||This setting is responsible for determining the time zone used by the MySQL server.|
|Connection Details||Provide additional connection details if necessary.|
|Driver Name||This field will be auto-filled based on your selected driver type.|
|Driver Settings||If there are any specific driver settings, configure them here.|
The Connection Details section in DBeaver allows you to customize your experience while working with MySQL database. This includes options for adjusting the Navigator View, setting up Security measures, applying Filters, configuring Connection Initialization settings, and setting up Shell Commands. Each of these settings can significantly impact your database operations and workflow. For detailed guides on these settings, please refer to the following articles:
- Connection Details Configuration
- Database Navigator
- Security Settings Guide
- Filters Settings Guide
- Connection Initialization Settings Guide
- Shell Commands Guide
MySQL driver properties
The settings for MySQL Driver properties enable you to adjust the performance of the MySQL JDBC and ODBC driver. These adjustments can influence the efficiency, compatibility, and features of your MySQL database.
For a complete walkthrough on setting up MySQL JDBC and ODBC drivers properties, you can refer to the official MySQL JDBC documentation and MySQL ODBC documentation. These guides detail each driver's properties and how they can be used to optimize MySQL database connections.
You can customize the MySQL driver in DBeaver via the Edit Driver page, accessible by clicking on the Driver Settings button on the first page of the driver settings. This page offers a range of settings that can influence your MySQL database connections. For a comprehensive guide on these settings, please refer to our Database drivers article.
ODBC and JDBC Driver Configuration
DBeaver provides extensive capabilities for managing MySQL database connections via ODBC/JDBC drivers. This functionality enables you to connect to your MySQL database using native ODBC drivers, offering an alternative when specific DBeaver drivers are not available.
This process is similar across most databases that support ODBC/JDBC drivers. For a comprehensive, step-by-step guide on how to install the driver manager, set up drivers, configure data sources, and establish connections in DBeaver, you can refer to our ODBC Driver Configuration article.
Secure Connection Configurations
DBeaver supports secure connections to your MySQL database. Guidance on configuring such connections, specifically SSH, Proxy, and SSL connections, can be found in various referenced articles. For a comprehensive understanding, please refer to these articles:
Powering MySQL with DBeaver
DBeaver provides a host of features designed for MySQL databases. This includes the ability to view and manage databases, along with numerous unique capabilities aimed at optimizing database operations.
MySQL database objects
DBeaver lets you view and manipulate a wide range of MySQL database objects. DBeaver has extensive support for various MySQL metadata types, allowing you to interact with a wide variety of database objects, such as:
- Foreign Keys
- Session Manager
MySQL Features in DBeaver
DBeaver is not limited to typical SQL tasks. It also includes numerous unique features specifically for MySQL. Beyond regular SQL operations, DBeaver provides a range of MySQL-specific capabilities, such as:
|Data Types||MySQL Enumerations and Sets|
|Security||MySQL User Management|
|Storage Engines||InnoDB, MyISAM, MRG_MyISAM, Archive,|
Blackhole, CSV, Memory, Performance_schema
|Database Management||MySQL Events|
|MySQL Stored Procedures|
Additional features compatible with MySQL, but not exclusive to it:
|Data Transfer||Data Import|
|Session Management||Session Manager|
|Backup and Restore||How to Backup/Restore data|
|Schema Management||Schema Compare|
|Data Visualization||GIS Guide|