List of Best MySQL Workbench Alternatives

MySQL Workbench is a visual tool used for the designing and modeling of MySQL databases and is available for all operating systems including Mac, Linux, and Windows. In this write-up, we will understand what the MySQL workbench is. After understanding the MySQL workbench, we will list some of the alternatives of the MySQL workbench.

What is a MySQL workbench

MySQL workbench is installed by downloading its package from its website and is used by the architects, developers, and database administrators for data modeling, SQL development, user administration, and server configuration. MySQL workbench has three important tools:

Modeling and designing tool:  The developers can visualize the physical designs of their databases in the MySQL workbench and it supports multiple databases in the same environment, components of tables like columns, rows, and it has a unique scripting language known as LUA used for different modeling notations.

SQL development tool: It is known as the heart of the relational databases and is used for the execution of multiple queries at the same time, the developers can edit, and run the queries using it, and it supports the color highlighters which helps the developers to highlight the important SQL statements.

Administration tool: This tool is used for the administration of user administration, server configuration, database backup and restorations, and server logs.

What are the best alternatives of MySQL workbench

Some of the alternatives to the MySQL workbench are listed below:


DBeaver is an open-source database tool for database managers and is loved by Linux users as the alternate of the MySQL workbench as it provides the many shortcuts which assist in executing different commands. Some of the major features of the DBeaver are:

  • Interactive graphical interface
  • It supports different databases that contain JDBC drivers like MongoDB, PostgreSQL, and Oracle
  • It allows many extensions (plugins)


HeidiSQL is a database management tool that maintains MySQL, PostgreSQL, and Microsoft SQL databases and it helps the web developers to manage the data by editing and arranging them in tables. Some of its major features are:

  • Multiple databases can be connected to the same window
  • Data can be transferred directly from one database to another very easily
  • It allows the bulk editing of data in tables
  • Monitoring of the client processes

SQuirreL SQL

SQuirrel SQL is an open-source database management tool that is Java SQL client based and used to deal with the databases containing the JDBC drivers to edit the data and find out the issues in the servers. The major features of SQuirreL SQL are:

  • It supports a feature of “Object Tree” that is used to find and edit schemas, tables
  • It can generate the charts of the tables
  • The users of SQuirrel SQL can bookmark the queries using the user-defined code templates


DataGrip is the paid alternative to the MySQL workbench but it is enriched with a variety of features. It provides fast access to the execution of the queries and keeps the history of the executed commands which can be quite helpful. You can jump to any table directly, support the navigation through foreign keys, and show you the behavior of the commands executed. Major features of DataGrip are:

  • It provides smart text editors
  • It evaluates codes completion and quick-fixes
  • It has a query console
  • You can import CSV format files

Valentina Studio

Valentina Studio is another paid alternative to the MySQL workbench that is used to manage the data of different servers or databases. It is a universal tool that can be used for multi-purposes like visual modeling, schema development, records management, and administration services. The Valentina Studio also offers:

  • Database management
  • Data Editor
  • Data Transfer
  • Continuous integration
  • Report generation


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Hammad Zahid

I'm an Engineering graduate and my passion for IT has brought me to Linux. Now here I'm learning and sharing my knowledge with the world.