MySQL through Workbench

Hi guys, I know there are already threads about this but somehow I kept on missing something. So I decided to put it here. I’m new to SSH and basically anything about this (but I know MySQL) so I’m really trying hard to understand these stuff lol. So please bear with me.

I wanted to access MySQL through Workbench. Here’s what I did so far:

  • Successfully setup my Droplet with an IPv4 and a private IP (I’m confused which I should use).
  • Got the console running and updated my mysqld.cnf file:
# .....
! .....
! .....
user            = mysql
pid-file        = /var/run/mysqld/
socket          = /var/run/mysqld/mysqld.sock
port            = 3306
basedir         = /usr
datadir         = /var/lib/mysql
tmpdir          = /tmp
language        = /usr/share/mysql/English
bind-address    =
# skip-networking
  • Restarted service after that.
  • Then through my Workbench I selected Standard TCP/IP over SSH with the following entries:
Field Value
SSH Hostname (Private IP Address, also tried the public IPv4)
SSH Username root
SHH Password (Droplet password)
SSH Key File Exported OpenSSH key PuTTYGen with no Key passphrase
MySQL Hostname
MySQL Server Port 3306
Username root
Password (MySQL password)
Default Schema

Using the public IP I get a fingerprint mismatch. Using the private IP, I get no response at all.

Feel free to ask more details. Enlighten me please!

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*I certainly don’t recommend root access from all hosts. *

If you’re using MySQL Workbench you can use:

**1) Enable local IP in “TRUSTED SOURCES” in your db cluster overview tab. ** 2) then once that’s successful, in MySQL Workbench use the default: a. connection method: Standard (TCP/IP) b. enter using all your db cluster connection details, download the CA and select “SSL CA File” c. click test connection and then save.

I hope this simple method helps someone else. SECURELY!

Any issues, respond here and I’ll try and help.


Having the exact same problem, can only connect though putty. No Workbench access nor web app access