MySQL Workbench OSS (formerly DBDesigner) 5.1.16

Work on SQL programming and test it to see if the code you wrote works

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  • Version:

    OSS (formerly DBDesigner) 5.1.16

  • Works under:

    Windows 2003 / Windows Vista / Windows XP / Windows 2000

  • Program available in:In English
  • Program license:Free (GPL)
  • Vote:
    4.7 (27)

MySQL Workbench is a free client application intended for MySQL databases to run both development and administrative tasks.

Helping Developers and Administrators Manage Databases

Most developers and system administrators perform their day-to-day tasks from the command line. Command line is great for getting work done fast but it’s inefficient in displaying complex relationships. MySQL Workbench provides a graphical user interface (GUI) for MySQL databases and makes visualization easier.

The application is intended for both administrators and developers. So the GUI has provisions to satisfy both groups. Even nontechnical users can use the tool to navigate databases. The installation is simple. Users can download and run the MSI file which will guide them through the installation process. After the installation, users can set up the database access credentials and they should be ready to go.

Display Tools

MySQL Workbench is designed as an enterprise-strength solution. It can connect to multiple MySQL databases. You can initiate unlimited undo and redo which can save you a lot of time. The search tool has advanced visualization options to make it easier to understand the schemas of the databases. The visual performance dashboard also provides tools to improve the performance of MySQL databases. It helps you identify IO hotspots and high-cost SQL statements. With the help of the dashboard, you can optimize your queries.

Database Migrations

The application has great options for database migrations. MySQL Workbench can convert your MySQL database to PostgreSQL, Microsoft SQL Server or Microsoft Access compliant databases. You can also use the migration tools to convert older MySQL databases to newer versions of MySQL.


MySQL Workbench is an essential tool to try out for any MySQL database users. It provides comprehensive tools for administration, data modeling, server configuration, performance enhancement and more. Also, the tool is free.


  • A free comprehensive solution for MySQL database management
  • GUI helps development and administrative tasks
  • Tools for data visualization, modeling, and performance enhancement of databases
  • Lots of options for data migration


  • Not easy to learn for nontechnical users
  • Too many features can make it confusing
  • Uses a lot of memory

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