Remotely connecting to MySQL

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?

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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