How to enable remote access to the database hosted on the droplet

August 20, 2015 11.7k views
MySQL DigitalOcean Miscellaneous Nginx PHP

I'm trying to figure out how to enable database connection to the database on one of our droplets from the remote application. I believe the IP is the same as the droplet, but is the port also 3306 or any other?

Anything else that needs to be done to make it happen?

I tried by just using the default port (above), the ip address and right credentials for the given database, but no luck.

3 Answers

This tutorial includes a section on enabling remote connections in MySQL. By default the MySQL service only allows connections from localhost so some configuration changes and a user with permissions to access your databases from a remote host are required.

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Thanks @ryanpq - I'll follow this tutorial and see how I get on.

Tried this tutorial for adding IPs but my file at /etc/mysql/my.cnf does not have a section with [mysqld]

# The MySQL database server configuration file.
# You can copy this to one of:
# - "/etc/mysql/my.cnf" to set global options,
# - "~/.my.cnf" to set user-specific options.
# One can use all long options that the program supports.
# Run program with --help to get a list of available options and with
# --print-defaults to see which it would actually understand and use.
# For explanations see
# http://dev.mysql.com/doc/mysql/en/server-system-variables.html

# * IMPORTANT: Additional settings that can override those from this file!
#   The files must end with '.cnf', otherwise they'll be ignored.

!includedir /etc/mysql/conf.d/
!includedir /etc/mysql/mysql.conf.d/

where do I add

bind-address        = your_database_IP

and how do I add several IPs?


  • my.cnf includes conf.d and mysql.conf.d. So check the file ./mysql.conf.d/mysql.cnf you'll find bind-address there. :)

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