Does anyone have any good ideas as to native MySQL GUI clients for Ubuntu?

So far I've tried MySQL Workbench, which never seemed to work properly, phpMyAdmin which I found a bit slow, and Navicat which is a windows port and runs under wine, but none of these is perfect. In an ideal world, I'm looking for something like a native version of navicat.

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    MySQL Workbench probably is the only native MySQL GUI Client for Linux. Oct 18, 2010 at 19:51
  • What version of Workbench did you try? A lot of the RC versions were unstable. Oct 18, 2010 at 20:31
  • The thing is, MySQL Query Browser and Administrator are far more friendlier than Workbench. To do simple tasks or very precise ones in Workbench I need to do too many steps. In Query Browser I just open it, go directly to the DB and start working. Same for Administrator. Much more friendlier. I rather use (in my opinion) mysql console than workbench until the actually make it friendlier (And also start working on a .DEB version of 5.5.x and 5.6 instead of only rmp and us having to do many steps to get it working. Dec 1, 2011 at 16:15
  • Please only recommend one software product per answer, folks! If you want to recommend more than one, post more than one answer. That way, we can upvote each answer separately.
    – Flimm
    Sep 5, 2022 at 7:04

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Sadly, you can't find these in the Ubuntu Software Centre in later versions of Ubuntu any more. This is because these two pieces of software have reached their end-of-life, and are no longer supported.

MySQL Workbench Install mysql-workbench is probably the most complete tool, but a bit sluggish according to me.

I prefer "MySQL Query browser" and "MySQL Administrator". These two can do all basic stuff, and are very user friendly.


  • I've been using them for years. Nice, lightweight and useful. Oct 19, 2010 at 8:07
  • In my opinion for administrative and DML task phpmyadmin it's a better and easier tool. Nov 4, 2010 at 13:24
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    phpMyAdmin is a very nice tool indeed, but it requires running an HTTP server with PHP enabled. MySQL is not only used for web projects.
    – W. Goeman
    Nov 4, 2010 at 21:33
  • Note that MySQL Workbench requires oracle login.
    – BillMan
    May 6, 2013 at 17:29
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    I've stumbled upon this answer because at the moment MySQL workbench is broken in Ubuntu 14.10 bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/mysql-workbench/+bug/1385147
    – Greg
    Jan 8, 2015 at 16:51

I like Emma. Emma is an open source project that isn't developed by Oracle.

Emma is available from the Ubuntu repositories in older versions of Ubuntu. Run:

sudo apt install emma

In newer versions of Ubuntu, Emma is no longer available in the Ubuntu repositories. See this question.


  • In Gnome Ubuntu 13.04, Emma crashes often for me. I moved to using Eclipse SQLExplorer as an Eclipse plugin.
    – Eyal
    Jun 13, 2013 at 13:09
  • Crashes even more often than MySQL Workbench. Sep 17, 2013 at 12:12
  • Works amazingly for me. I love it. Workbench on the other hand is slow and always causing me issues.
    – Gerry
    Oct 23, 2013 at 6:47
  • I've been using Emma for years, though it did crash some time ago but not anymore. It's for simple data viewing and minor editing tasks, for something more complex I use and recommend MySQLWorkbench Mar 10, 2015 at 7:54
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    how to start emma after installation? in shell when i type emma, it shows you need to install emboss
    – sprksh
    Jan 31, 2017 at 6:22

I use a free tool Valentina Studio, is FREE, works on 32/64 bit Linux, Windows and Mac OS X. Is the best way to transform your data into meaningful information; create, administer, query and explore Valentina DB, MySQL, Postgre and SQLite databases http://www.valentina-db.com/en/valentina-studio-overview enter image description here

  • I use valentina too, switched from WorkBench, but I really find it dificult to run queries in valentina studio ... hangs a lot
    – Decebal
    Jan 22, 2014 at 15:48
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    They provide deb files that installs perfectly, for both x86 and 64. Tested in Ubuntu 15.04 successfully. Aug 24, 2015 at 12:48
  • I have switched to this over SQLYog.
    – Nikhil
    Apr 2, 2016 at 0:51
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    Wonderful screen shot that shows the key features on one image. I just looked for design diagrams!
    – SaidbakR
    Apr 27, 2017 at 19:24
  • Its a tedious task to get valentina-db for free.The checkout process never completes. Jun 16, 2017 at 12:44

GUI tools that have not been mentioned here, that I know work under Linux without WINE:

Disclosure: I work for Ocelot.

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    No disrespect to you and your team but the UI for ocelot looks absolutely horrid. I mean.. does that software even fall in the same category as all the others? You are suppose to write your own SQL? That is what all the other applications are trying to avoid. Again.. no disrespect, I am sure a lot of effort has been put in the program... but man.. the UI is really really bad
    – AntonioCS
    Feb 4, 2019 at 11:39
  • We will not respond to the above because we believe this is not the right forum for arguing about design choices. But feedback is welcome via methods stated in our readme file. Feb 25, 2019 at 20:55
  • You take what you can get
    – AntonioCS
    Feb 26, 2019 at 21:09
  • For many reasons, I will recommend DBeaver.
    – Saeid
    Dec 26, 2019 at 8:47
  • It would be much better to have a separate answer for each one of these tools, so we can upvote them separately.
    – Flimm
    Sep 5, 2022 at 7:00

I know the answer is already accepted but I felt I should add SQLYog to this list anyway since it is such a powerful tool... There is no official build available for Linux but it works quite well on Wine.

SQLyog Datasearch screenshot

  • Can I also install it and on ubuntu 14.04 Lts ???
    – ltdev
    May 24, 2015 at 13:26
  • Like I said I am not aware of a build for Linux but you can use it with WINE which is a windows emulator on Linux
    – Nikhil
    May 27, 2015 at 5:15
  • Do I necessary need WINE too or I can install it without this ?
    – ltdev
    Sep 18, 2015 at 8:57
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    @Lykos I think you should ask again if you really really need Wine... dude.
    – m3nda
    Sep 26, 2015 at 6:20
  • Well .. Do I need Wine ?
    – ltdev
    Sep 26, 2015 at 15:09

I'm definitely late to answer here, but a friend and I were fed up of the overcomplicated Java Swing apps, so we built our own open source SQL editor & Database manager. It's 100% Open source - MIT licensed.

It's really modern compared to many of those listed here, but doesn't have as many advanced features, so it is not as well suited for DBAs, but it's GREAT for regular developers.

Beekeeper Studio

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Hope someone else likes using it as much as I do!

  • Nice project! It seems, though, that it can't create new databases, which is on of the features I'm looking for. Dec 7, 2020 at 10:31

I use Adminer. It's very lightweight and with a clear web interface. It's an alternative to phpMyAdmin.


Adminer Sceenshot

It can be installed like this:

sudo apt-get install adminer
sudo a2enconf adminer
sudo systemctl reload apache2

Then open http://localhost/adminer

But if you want newer versions you should install manually:



Another alternative is Tora (an opensource Qt multi-platform application).

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  • Have you any screen shuts?
    – shgnInc
    Dec 29, 2013 at 7:38
  • Tried the current 2.1.3. How to connect to the localhost mysql with this thing? Out of the box that is unclear. "No available connection provider" on Ubuntu 14.04
    – Marcos
    Jan 15, 2015 at 9:32
  • The website says "Look At Front Doors", it looks like it's no longer for this software project. Is it dead?
    – Flimm
    Sep 5, 2022 at 7:03
  • I have updated the link to the github project.
    – Jaime M.
    Sep 21, 2022 at 14:56

MySQL workbench does work on Ubuntu 11.xx but it will hang at some of the loading splash screens. You just need to use Alt+F4 to close the splash window and it will continue.


dbeaver (https://github.com/serge-rider/dbeaver) is good option aswell, i would disadvice mysql workbench because it is really unstable (on 16.04 and 14.04)


I solved this problem with the following method (I used to install quanta+ 3.5 in ubuntu 12.04. In the same repositories you can find mysql gui tools):

The tutorial is in this blog article.

Follow the tutorial, and replace:

sudo apt-get install quanta


sudo apt-get install mysql-query-browser mysql-admin

but maybe it is mysql-gui-tools, but i'm not sure.

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    Hello, yQy, welcome to AskUbuntu! I'm afraid I downvoted your answer. The linked blog article is not in English, and isn't very useful. Furthermore, it's always recommended that answers include the answer, and only provide links for further information.
    – Flimm
    Dec 6, 2012 at 19:27

One possibility is using SQLExplorer, either as an Eclipse plugin or a standalone "RCP" application. I use it as a plugin, but you can download a Linux standalone version, too. To start the standalone version extract it and execute the sqlexplorer file.

It's being actively developed (last version was in April 2013) and for many people IDE integration is a plus.

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