MySQL Workbench




MySQL is a popular open source database and is often used in conjunction with the MySQL Workbench. This tutorial explains how to set up the MySQL Workbench. It is important to point out that MySQL has to be installed in your learning environment and the MySQL Workbench has to be installed on your local computer. The two-step procedure to set this up is shown in the figure below. First, you have to use PuTTY or the Terminal to install and configure MySQL, which is covered in this tutorial. Second, you have to use the MySQL Workbench to create a connection to MySQL, which is covered in this tutorial.

MySQL Overview


Download the MySQL Workbench from here: Make sure that you download just the Workbench installer and not the MySQL installer (sometimes shown under recommended downloads), which contains other software besides the Workbench as well that you do not need and will only be confusing.


Open the downloaded file and step through the installation process. Then start the MySQL Workbench and create a new MySQL connection by clicking on the plus and enter the following information (replace username and password with your information):

Connection Name:
Password: password

Do not change any of the other fields. You can now make a connection.

Importing a Database

After opening a connection in the Workbench, right click in the left panel and select Create Schema. In this example, we will be importing the Heather Sweeney Designs database so we will use as Schema Name HSD. Under Default Collation select utf8 - default collation. Then click Apply, Apply again, and Close. If the database does not show in the left panel, right click and do Refresh All. Then right click on HSD and select Set as Default Schema. At this point the database has been created, but it does not contain anything yet.

We will now create the table structure and import the data, which is relatively simple. From the MySQL Workbench select File > Open SQL Script and navigate to the DBC-e07-MYSQL-HSD-Create-Tables.sql file (can be downloaded from the Blackboard). After opening the file click on the lightning bolt to run the script and it will create the tables for you. When you right click on HSD in the left panel and select Refresh All you will see the tables appear. Now you have to repeat the same steps to import the data, with the difference that this file is named DBC-e07-MYSQL-HSD-Insert-Data.sql (also available on the Blackboard).

Finally, let’s run an example query. Go to SQL File 1 (or open a New Query Tab) and enter


and press the lightning bolt again. It will run the query and present the resulting records.

8 comments on “MySQL Workbench”

  1. E Hubbard Reply

    Hello, where is the “DBC-e07-MYSQL-HSD-Create-Tables.sql” file for download from Blackboard. My class is CMPS 160 and I do not see this file listed on blackboard. Do you have another location we can use to get this file?

  2. Pamela Nowlin Reply

    Hello, I am unable to forward engineer my database because it is stating my password is incorrect. My instructor confirmed my password, but it still not working. I do now know what to do do proceed with my assignment. Please help.

  3. Edwina Ukachukwu Reply

    Hello, I have been trying to make a connection from MySQL Workbench to the Server for my CMPS 160 Class but the Connection Failed stating ” Host ‘ is not allowed to connect to this MySQL Server” Please what exactly is wrong? Help. Thank You.

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