Installing MySQL workbench on 10.04 or 10.10 is not a problem, as the deb packages are available on MySQL's website. But there is no 11.04 deb package available.

So, how do I install MySQL workbench on 11.04 and keep it updated automatically when updates become available to ubuntu via apt-get update.


8 Answers 8


Run this command in Terminal (Ctrl+Alt+T):

sudo apt-get install mysql-workbench
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    Thanks, running an apt-get is almost always preferable + quicker than opening any web browser (in Linux) for me
    – sofly
    Feb 22, 2015 at 20:10
  • Before running the command, it is recommendable update the packages list: sudo apt-get update and after that run: sudo apt-get install mysql-workbench
    – jherax
    Apr 7, 2016 at 18:05
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    For UBUNTU 16, see askubuntu.com/a/58207/439867 Aug 5, 2016 at 2:20

Select "Ubuntu" from MySQL Workbench downloads page

You will have a choice of:

Ubuntu Linux ver. 10.10 (x86, 64-bit), DEB

Ubuntu Linux ver. 10.10 (x86, 32-bit), DEB      

and 2 slightly older versions:

Ubuntu Linux ver. 10.04 (x86, 64-bit), DEB

Ubuntu Linux ver. 10.04 (x86, 32-bit), DEB  

As you can see there are only 10.04 versions but you can download the .deb you need and when it is done downloading Ubuntu Software Center will open up with this screen:


and the rest is just normal Ubuntu. I needed it myself (mysql-workbench-gpl-5.2.33b-1ubu1010-i386.deb) so I can confirm it works.

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    I can second the fact that the 5.2.33b-1ubu1010 install works on 11.04 May 25, 2011 at 16:20
  • I was trying to install the 10.10 version, it would download, and automatically opened up the ubuntu software center. I clicked install and the ubuntu software center just froze. I tried the process twice, and got the same results each time. I will give the 10.04 version a try tomorrow. May 25, 2011 at 18:57
  • @oshirowanen I had the same issue as you with the software centre freezing - I clicked the 'intall in progress icon' and saw the message 'waiting for synaptic to exit' - sure enough I had synaptic open, and when I closed it everything ran through ok
    – user21688
    Jul 16, 2011 at 13:59
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    The official .deb didn't work for me, instead, the sudo apt-get install mysql-workbench works well.
    – Dorian
    Jan 29, 2013 at 1:43
  • @Dorian you do realise this was a valid answer for 11.04 and the current workbench was added after the answer?
    – Rinzwind
    Jan 29, 2013 at 7:43

Finally I found the easiest and direct way of installing MySQL Workbench on my 12.04 LTS.

(1) Simply install Synaptic package manager (from Ubuntu software center).

(2) Find MySQL Workbench under Database category (see the screen shot).

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EDIT: As of August 2012, MySQL has released MySQL Workbench for Ubuntu 12.04, available here


The cause for me was a broken MWB dependency on libzip.so.1 in Ubuntu 12.04 release.

Synaptic (Ubuntu software manager) saved me with these Ubuntu upgrade growing pains:


Package libzip1 has no available version, but exists in the database.
This typically means that the package was mentioned in a dependency 
  and never uploaded, has been obsoleted or is not available with the 
  contents of sources.list

Here's a link to the required oneiric libzip package


For the Ubuntu Oneiric 11.10 follow the instructions on this link.

I choose to install using ppa launchpad so I can confirm that worked for me at an amd64 distro.

EDIT: Link replaced as suggested below by CodeReaper


In fact, mysql-workbench is available in the Ubuntu repositories (universe/database), so it should show up in Synaptic/Software-center/etc.

 aptitude search mysql-workbench
 aptitude show mysql-workbench
  • Reconfirm this in 12.04's repositories, this information you have stated is conflicting with other information I have seen. Jun 6, 2012 at 19:55
  • Can you please tell me a little more detail?
    – DUKE
    Jun 7, 2012 at 3:44
  • mysql-workbench package is indeed available in the Ubuntu "universe" repo for 12.04: http://us.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ precise/universe mysql-workbench i386 5.2.38+dfsg-3 [11.7 MB]
    – hobs
    Jun 16, 2012 at 18:01

For Ubuntu (I have installed in Ubuntu 16) run below command:

sudo apt-get install mysql-workbench-community

referred link: mysql community website

and below command also works:

sudo apt-get install mysql-workbench

Did you do a Google search?

The first or second search results for ubuntu 12.04 mysql workbench should do the trick.

Please note: I am aware that LMGTFY-type answers aren't encouraged on this site; however I did not see the need to answer the question in detail if an easy-to-find blog post explained everything already.

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    Good suggestion, but I am a little scared about installing external packages (packages from unknown sources).
    – DUKE
    Jun 6, 2012 at 4:00
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    Usually there's no problem. If you're nervous, however, try the second link. You'll see that it contains links to files on packages.ubuntu.com. This site is hosted by Canonical, the company behind Ubuntu. If a package is on that site, then there's every reason to believe that it's safe to install.
    – SirCharlo
    Jun 6, 2012 at 4:06
  • second blog link is definitely the answer
    – hobs
    Jun 16, 2012 at 18:20
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    The post isn't available anymore in the second link. You should have copied the content in your answer ;( Actually the same website has a post on installing MWB on Ubuntu 12 blog.brunobraga.net/mysql-workbench-on-ubuntu-12-10
    – Ejaz
    Aug 31, 2014 at 12:35

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