SSH Port forwarding failed when trying to connect to remote database via SSH

May 13, 2015 5.5k views
MySQL DigitalOcean Ubuntu


I am trying to connect to my remote database via SSH using Sequel Pro. This is my setup:

  • Name: MyWebApp
  • MySQL-Host:
  • User: localhost
  • Password: mySQLpassword
  • Database: rails
  • Port: 3306

  • SSH host:
  • SSH user: root
  • SSH key: ~/.ssh/id_rsa
  • SSH port: 22

When trying to connect I get:

SSH Port forwarding failed.

Lost connection to MySQL server at 'reading initial communication packet', system error: 0
Used command:  /usr/bin/ssh -v -N -o ControlMaster=no -o ExitOnForwardFailure=yes -o ConnectTimeout=10 -o NumberOfPasswordPrompts=3 -i /Users/tintin/.ssh/id_rsa -o TCPKeepAlive=no -o ServerAliveInterval=60 -o ServerAliveCountMax=1 -p 22 -L 61232/

OpenSSH_6.2p2, OSSLShim 0.9.8r 8 Dec 2011
debug1: Reading configuration data /etc/ssh_config
debug1: /etc/ssh_config line 20: Applying options for *
debug1: Connecting to [] port 22.
debug1: fd 3 clearing O_NONBLOCK
debug1: Connection established.
debug1: identity file /Users/tintin/.ssh/id_rsa type 1
debug1: identity file /Users/tintin/.ssh/id_rsa-cert type -1
debug1: Enabling compatibility mode for protocol 2.0
debug1: Local version string SSH-2.0-OpenSSH_6.2
debug1: Remote protocol version 2.0, remote software version OpenSSH_6.0p1 Debian-3ubuntu1.2
debug1: match: OpenSSH_6.0p1 Debian-3ubuntu1.2 pat OpenSSH*
debug1: SSH2_MSG_KEXINIT sent
debug1: SSH2_MSG_KEXINIT received
debug1: kex: server->client aes128-ctr hmac-md5 none
debug1: kex: client->server aes128-ctr hmac-md5 none
debug1: SSH2_MSG_KEX_DH_GEX_REQUEST(1024<1024<8192) sent
debug1: expecting SSH2_MSG_KEX_DH_GEX_GROUP
debug1: SSH2_MSG_KEX_DH_GEX_INIT sent
debug1: expecting SSH2_MSG_KEX_DH_GEX_REPLY
debug1: Server host key: RSA 42:f3:30:1b:ff:24:92:17:62:19:13:03:e9:65:0d:42
debug1: Host '' is known and matches the RSA host key.
debug1: Found key in /Users/tintin/.ssh/known_hosts:4
debug1: ssh_rsa_verify: signature correct
debug1: SSH2_MSG_NEWKEYS sent
debug1: expecting SSH2_MSG_NEWKEYS
debug1: SSH2_MSG_NEWKEYS received
debug1: Roaming not allowed by server
debug1: SSH2_MSG_SERVICE_ACCEPT received
debug1: Authentications that can continue: publickey,password
debug1: Next authentication method: publickey
debug1: Offering RSA public key: /Users/tintin/.ssh/id_rsa
debug1: Server accepts key: pkalg ssh-rsa blen 279
debug1: Authentication succeeded (publickey).
Authenticated to ([]:22).
debug1: Local connections to LOCALHOST:61482 forwarded to remote address
debug1: Local forwarding listening on ::1 port 61482.
debug1: channel 0: new [port listener]
debug1: Local forwarding listening on port 61482.
debug1: channel 1: new [port listener]
debug1: Requesting
debug1: Entering interactive session.
debug1: Connection to port 61482 forwarding to port 3306 requested.
debug1: channel 2: new [direct-tcpip]
channel 2: open failed: connect failed: Connection refused
debug1: channel 2: free: direct-tcpip: listening port 61482 for port 3306, connect from port 61484, nchannels 3

(I replaced my ip address, user name, and app name with fake data wherever I could.)

I've logged into my server through SSH multiple times already, so I can't figure why it's not working with Sequel Pro as well.

What am I missing here?

Thanks for any help.

1 Answer

OK, solved this myself. Instead of the remote IP ( I needed the local IP ( And the user should be "rails", not "localhost".

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