Remotely connecting to MySQL

  • Posted August 25, 2014

Tried every tutorial that I’ve found about remotely connecting to the MySQL database. I’ve commented out the bind-address from my.cnf and used GRANT PRIVILEGES ON root@% for all databases.

But I still get the error: SQLSTATE[HY000] [2003] Can’t connect to MySQL server on ‘IP ADDRESS’ (61)

when connecting from a different server. While connecting locally with phpMyAdmin works.

Any idea what I can do to get this working?


Your root account, and this statement applies to any account, may only have been added with localhost access (which is recommended).

You can check this with:

SELECT host FROM mysql.user WHERE User = ‘root’; If you only see results with localhost and, you cannot connect from an external source. If you see other IP addresses, but not the one you’re connecting from - that’s also an indication. If you see %, well then, there’s another problem altogether as that is “any remote source”.

You should be able to add this remote access with:



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Do you use phpMyadmin? If so, it is quite easy to log in, create a new user, then give that user permissions for various hosts when setting the login info.

So, if you have a static Ip, you just set that If you have a dynamic IP, and your IP is named caltel, you could do: If your dynamic IP is always within a block of IP’s you can set this: 75.18.%.%

Then, be sure to log in using that new User you just created.

I always use a separate user for remote logins rather than setting things globally or for root. The last thing you want is a user named root to be available from remote locations.

Something longer and a tad more complex: mysite_dbadmin or something. Also, in the past I have had issues with special characters in db passwords…I never explored why that was, I just switched to using passwords like: My99Super8899177Password (as opposed to something like: #3y^?>44tyos"")

Remove bind-address entries (so it just reads bind-address=). This will allow MySQL to use localhost, public_ip and any private ips to access MySQL. Setup iptables to restrict access to port 3306 to the IP address / IP range that will remotely access your MySQL instance. Don’t be tempted to allow root to be accessed from anywhere but localhost ;-)

If you are accessing MySQL from another DigitalOcean droplet setup private networking between the two droplets. DO Documentation here explains how

add or change this in your my.cnf

bind-address = your.public.ip

then restart mysql