MySQL - Connect with MySQL Workbench

Connect to your Public Cloud Databases for MySQL using MySQL Workbench

Last updated 8th March 2022


Public Cloud Databases allow you to focus on building and deploying cloud applications while OVHcloud takes care of the database infrastructure and maintenance in operational conditions.

This guide explains how to connect to a MySQL database instance with MySQL Workbench.


  • Access to the OVHcloud Control Panel
  • A Public Cloud project in your OVHcloud account
  • A MySQL database running on your OVHcloud Public Cloud Databases (this guide can help you to meet this requirement)
  • Configure your MySQL instance to accept incoming connections
  • A MySQL Workbench stable version installed and public network connectivity (Internet). This guide was made with MySQL Workbench version 8.0.28.


A MySQL instance can be managed through multiple ways. One of the easiest, yet powerful, is to use a Command Line Interface (CLI), as shown in our guide: Connect to MySQL with CLI or by using programming languages, such as PHP or Python.

Another way is to interact directly using a management tool like MySQL Workbench.



MySQL Workbench can be downloaded for free at the following link:

Once you have downloaded and installed it, follow the steps below to set up a remote connection to your MySQL instance.

Connect with MySQL Workbench


Click New Connection.

workbench welcome

In the Setup New Connection dialog box, fill in the Parameters tab form with the previously collected information.

Workbench setup

Store the password for connection in keychain.

Workbench stre password

Switch to SSL tab and set Use SSL to Require.

Workbench ssl

Once done, select your new connection.

Workbench home

Congratulations, in the Schemas tab, you will see your databases.

Workbench query result

Once connected, MySQL Workbench facilitates many actions such as querying your databases and managing used or even import data. Please read the official documentation to discover the whole feature list:

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