MySQL Workbench

8.0.12.CE 29 Jul 2018

Efficiently design, manage and document database schemata.


Developer website: MySQL Inc.

MySQL Workbench is a next-generation visual database design application that can be used to efficiently design, manage and document database schemata.

It is available as both open source and commercial editions. The Community (OSS) Edition is available from this page under the free software/open source GNU General Public License (commonly known as the "GPL").

What's New

Version 8.0.12.CE:
Functionality Added or Changed
  • Important Change: MySQL model files last saved before MySQL Workbench 6.3 are no longer supported unless the models can be upgraded for use with the 6.3 release series.
  • All editions of MySQL Workbench and the bundled libraries were upgraded to use OpenSSL 1.0.2o. (Bug #27829782, Bug #28326884)
  • libgnome-keyring was depreciated and replaced with libsecret in this release on Linux platforms. Some users with existing stored passwords will be prompted to enter a password after upgrading. (Bug #27635281, Bug #89898, Bug #20291538, Bug #75345)
  • SSH tunneling support was added to the MySQL Workbench Migration Wizard and also to the wbcopytables command-line utility for copying data. (Bug #27556268, Bug #89671)
  • Performing multiple data export operations while the Administration - Data Export tab stays open now preserves custom file paths, rather than switching to the default paths for re-export operations. Exported files are automatically renamed with an incremental numeric suffix to enable repeated export.
  • In addition, a new dialog box prompts for confirmation before overwriting an existing exported file when the same path and file names are reused. (Bug #27029840)
  • OGRFree() was deprecated and replaced with CPLFree(). Thanks to Christian Hesse for the patch. (Bug #26086599, Bug #86339)
  • The SWIG prerequisite listed in the INSTALL document provided with source distributions was updated to the latest version. (Bug #25811732, Bug #85717)
  • Support for the --incremental-with-redo-log-only option was added to create backups directly from the redo log. (Bug #24960233)
  • The option to skip secure authorization is no longer available in the advanced options that apply to data import and export operations. The --skip-secure-auth option was removed in the MySQL 5.7 release. (Bug #21697062, Bug #78060)
  • The character set and collation pairings available after selecting Create a new schema in the connected server (from the main toolbar) now are sorted alphabetically in lists. (Bug #21681041, Bug #78079)
  • A new SQL export option in the Forward Engineering SQL Script wizard sorts tables alphabetically in the generated script, rather than sorting tables according to foreign-key references by default. (Bug #18551598, Bug #72289)
  • MySQL Workbench now supports the Chinese character set gb18030. (Bug #18547307)
  • The SQL editor supports online renaming of indexes with the ALTER TABLEstatement. For example:
  • ALTER TABLE `sakila`.`actor` RENAME INDEX `idx_actor_last_name` TO `idx_actor_last_xxxx`;
    Bug #18547288)
  • MySQL Workbench now uses utf8mb4 as the connection and client character set, replacing utf8mb3.
Bugs Fixed
  • Some of the controls and data were not shown within the Administration-Users and Privileges tab. (Bug #28246905, Bug #91414)
  • An attempt to add a column to an existing multicolumn index (primary key) of a table caused MySQL Workbench to stop working. (Bug #28244024, Bug #91371)
  • On Windows platforms, pasting valid content into the SQL editor was followed by the operating system becoming unresponsive. (Bug #28184916, Bug #91249)
  • A query containing SELECT COUNT(*) FROM DUAL, when saved to a script file and then opened, caused MySQL Workbench to exit. (Bug #28101684, Bug #91070)
  • With code completion enabled, defining a custom variable within a subquery caused an unexpected exit. (Bug #28040983, Bug #90915)
  • With an active MySQL 8.0.11 server connection, MySQL Workbench displayed an error message when a valid attempt was made to openPerformance Reports or Performance Schema Setup. (Bug #28034685, Bug #90889)
  • Attempting to open a new query tab from the home screen (File, New Query Tab from the menu) returned an error message and closed MySQL Workbench. (Bug #28032431, Bug #90885, Bug #27781092)
  • The binlog-format option was not listed as expected within the Administration - Options File tab. (Bug #28008041)
  • When Alter Stored Procedure was selected from the context menu, MySQL Workbench stopped working. (Bug #28006985, Bug #90830, Bug #23259608, Bug #81334)
  • The advanced option, $internal$show-internal-schemas, within theAdministration - Data Export tab did not expose internal schemas as expected. (Bug #27938719, Bug #90665)
  • MySQL Workbench stopped working when the CHANGE MASTER TO statement was typed directly into the SQL editor, followed by options. (Bug #27910024, Bug #90568)
  • A stored procedure without a parameter direction (IN or OUT) caused MySQL Workbench to exit when it attempted to create or alter the procedure. (Bug #27908753, Bug #90555)
  • The source-database connection password used to reverse-engineer a database was not requested and the connection failed if the password was not stored in the vault. (Bug #27882813)
  • With SSH enabled, all new connections were made to the same MySQL server instance, regardless of the port number specified. (Bug #27882278)
  • The operation that synchronizes tables with the MySQL database produced an error message when an existing column was moved to a position after a newly added column. This fix ensures that ADD COLUMN always precedes CHANGE COLUMN within the script when both are used together. (Bug #27871632, Bug #90459)
  • The table editor did not apply any changes made in the order of an index to the generated ALTER TABLE statement. (Bug #27868813)
  • Snippet execution finished with an error when the scripting shell was used. (Bug #27746883)
  • An unclear error message was displayed during the table-export operation when the file path was invalid or left empty. (Bug #27746585)
  • The shell script for copying bulk data was not generated as expected. Instead, an error message was displayed. (Bug #27745372)
  • Setting a valid command-line path for remote-server access using SSH tunneling in MySQL Enterprise Backup (on Linux) caused the validation step to fail when both the SSH and sudo users were the same. (Bug #27745200)
  • MySQL Workbench model files (.mwb) did not open as expected when double-clicked from File Explorer on Windows platforms. (Bug #27739848)
  • MySQL Workbench editors displayed text from the standard exception in the action output, rather than using an error message when SQL syntax errors were discovered. (Bug #27730102)
  • Two terminals opened when Start Command Line Client was selected from the context menu on the home screen (right-click an existing MySQL connection). (Bug #27721918)
  • Text objects when double-clicked within an EER diagram caused MySQL Workbench to stop working. (Bug #27711642, Bug #90119)
  • The shell script created during the Data Transfer Setup step of the migration process from a MySQL local connection to a MySQL SSH connection produced errors that prevented the copying of data from outside MySQL Workbench. (Bug #27670242)
  • Modifying the column order within an existing index on a table caused MySQL Workbench to exit unexpectedly. (Bug #27627986, Bug #89886)
  • The Audit Inspector cache process failed when the connection was within a group. (Bug #27567546)
  • When using the 'OmitSchemata':1 parameter in a Python script to generate a schema from an .mwb file automatically, the resulting SQL script still included the schema in each table name. This fix introduces the OmitSchemas option, which replaces both the UseShortNames and OmitSchemata options, to eliminate the schema name as expected. (Bug #27557537, Bug #84390)
  • The work area within an EER diagram was hidden after double-clicking one of the table objects to open the table editor. (Bug #27436624)
  • When two schemas were compared with Synchronize Models (from the Database menu), differences were reported consistently for stored procedures and functions even though the compared items were identical. (Bug #27436115, Bug #82151)
  • An existing MySQL model file, when selected from the home screen, generated an error (Error unserializing GRT data string too long) and did not open. (Bug #27420297, Bug #89257)
  • The sidebar panel of the EER diagram editor was cut off, making the leftmost subtabs inaccessible and forcing the diagram-zoom area to shift to the right. (Bug #27330971, Bug #89072)
  • An incorrect INSERT statement was generated when a value was inserted into aBIT column. This fix now prefixes all BIT data-type values with the character b(for example: b'0'). (Bug #27320396, Bug #89068)
  • When using the Reverse Engineer Database wizard, the objects selected during the Select Objects step could not then be deselected. (Bug #27319905, Bug #89064)
  • Column-collation changes, when made using the table editor, could not be applied. Instead, a message indicating that no changes were detected was displayed. (Bug #27297634, Bug #88985)
  • The tls_version option was not listed as expected within the Administration - Options File tab. (Bug #27272808, Bug #87964)
  • Syntax errors typed into the SQL editor are highlighted and each one can provide usage information within a tooltip while the pointer device hovers over the error. On hosts running macOS, the tooltip remained visible when the pointer device was moved off the highlighted error. (Bug #27255488)
  • When only one role in a model was assigned to a user account, the role could not be removed. (Bug #27054771)
  • Right-clicking within a new or existing script file that was opened with the Workbench Scripting Shell did not display the context menu as expected. (Bug #27037750)
  • The edit dialog box did not open when an existing snippet from SQL Additionswas double-clicked. (Bug #27036975)
  • The on-screen progress of a full backup operation never changed from Starting. The correct progress was indicated in the log. (Bug #27011013)
  • Creating an MySQL model from a script, with the imported objects added to a diagram, caused MySQL Workbench to exit. (Bug #27010684)
  • The version of gtkmm30 that shipped with Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.4 was incompatible with the version that MySQL Workbench compiled against. The version mismatch caused MySQL Workbench to close unexpectedly. (Bug #26797891, Bug #26705113, Bug #87380)
  • Catalog objects for an EER diagram were not listed, although the tables were visible in the diagram. (Bug #26747931, Bug #87662)
  • The JSON tab of the Edit Data for Value dialog box displayed large column values as negative numbers when the numbers were positive. (Bug #26741970, Bug #87646)
  • Some on-screen text within Workbench Preferences (Fonts & Colors) wrapped around to new lines rather than filling the open space on the same line. (Bug #26448300, Bug #85961)
  • The filter arrows that select objects for forward or reverse engineering within wizards generated an error instead of moving the objects as expected. (Bug #26435349, Bug #26922638, Bug #87980, Bug #25921645, Bug #86013, Bug #25852505, Bug #85837)
  • The SQL editor returned an error when valid characters were used with the utf8mb4 character set. (Bug #26142347, Bug #86454)
  • An error was reported during an attempt to back up encrypted tables using MySQL Enterprise Backup. This fix introduces the Encrypt Password option in the Options subtab for a new job within the Administration - Online Backup tab. Setting an encryption password is required to perform backup and restore operations on encrypted tables. (Bug #26135245)
  • With multiple connection tabs opened, selecting Close All But This from the context menu (right-click a connection tab) closed tabs at random. (Bug #25983146, Bug #86144)
  • Attempting to alter a table in MySQL Workbench produced an error message when the table was previously altered using a command-line client with the ENCRYPTION option set to Y or N. (Bug #25929075, Bug #86021)
  • When synchronizing a model with a database, none of the buttons for the Select Changes to Apply step were visible. In addition, some frames and options were hidden. (Bug #25906359, Bug #85963, Bug #25527078, Bug #84924, Bug #25747524, Bug #85500, Bug #26128307, Bug #86426)
  • Time stamps representing the elapsed time of backup operations were miscalculated. (Bug #25820146, Bug #85764)
  • Long comments in tables were truncated with too few characters when pasted into the SQL editor after using Copy SQL to Clipboard from the context menu within an EER diagram or the MySQL Model tab. This fix extends the threshold. (Bug #25760721, Bug #85568)
  • The attribute in source code that set the program name ('MySQLWorkbench') was omitted from Unix and Linux distributions. Thanks to Daniël van Eeden for contributing to the fix. (Bug #25725077, Bug #85460)
  • Double-clicking areas within the spatial view caused MySQL Workbench to become unresponsive. (Bug #25723306, Bug #85443)
  • The height and width of object-selection lists within the Administration - Data Export tab were improperly proportioned for the content of the lists and could not be resized. A scroll bar now enables access to all listed objects. (Bug #25716077, Bug #85308)
  • A message displayed during the startup sequence indicated that some valid operating systems were unsupported. For current platform information, see (Bug #25602334, Bug #85087)
  • A model exported as an SQL script could not be saved to disk when using either the Forward Engineer to Database or the Synchronize With Any Source wizard. (Bug #25569529, Bug #85030)
  • The buttons associated with renaming a diagram (OK and Cancel) were partially concealed. (Bug #25557678, Bug #85011)
  • The progress bar and Abort button were partially concealed on the screen when changes were being applied to stored procedures. (Bug #25532963, Bug #84927)
  • Each connection to an incompatible or nonstandard server opened a dialog box with a valid warning, but without an option to suppress the warning for subsequent connections. Thanks to Christian Hesse for the patch. (Bug #25519446, Bug #84885)
  • A connection made with an improper file did not return an SSL error as expected when the connection was tested. (Bug #25517237)
  • An explicit collation set on a column was reverted to the default collation each time the column specification was modified with the table editor. (Bug #25504264, Bug #84815)
  • The process running MySQL Workbench did not end on exit. (Bug #25496663)
  • The MySQL Workbench Migration Wizard returned an error message after failing to get a row count from source tables, which caused the wbcopytablesutility to exit. (Bug #25496622)
  • Starting MySQL Workbench from the command line was unsuccessful on hosts running the Fedora 25 operating system. (Bug #25495120)
  • Custom settings made before executing the data export operation were not persisted if the operation was executed again (by clicking Start Export a second time). Instead, the custom settings were discarded and replaced by the default settings. (Bug #25488234)
  • Overlapping text boxes covered the full name entered for the Create a New Table option within the Select Destination step of the Table Data Import Wizard. (Bug #25476103)
  • The Copy and Copy Details operations from the Server Logs context menu (right-click a row in the log) were swapped. The Copy operation copied the details and the Copy Details operation performed a simple copy. (Bug #25469694)
  • The Copy as PHP Code (Iterate SELECT Results) command (select Tools and then Utilities from the menu) was unexpectedly disabled for valid query results. (Bug #25466399)
  • On Linux platforms, right-clicking Tables within the Catalog Tree for a valid EER diagram displayed an empty context menu. This fix minimizes the size of the empty menu. (Bug #25463963)
  • Exporting a schema from the Administration - Data Export tab returned an error when the server was configured for use within an InnoDB cluster. (Bug #25444837)
  • After maximizing and then reducing MySQL Workbench, some screen options were improperly sized or no longer visible on Linux platforms. (Bug #25415064)
  • The set of default target schemas available to choose from within the Administration - Data Import/Restore tab showed each schema listed twice on Windows platforms. (Bug #25239261, Bug #84161)
  • The table editor did not display generated columns within a user-defined table and the Alter Table operation returned an error message when an attempt was made to modify any of the nonvisible columns. (Bug #25209591, Bug #84078)
  • An error message was returned when an attempt was made to inspect a partitioned table using either the information icon or the context menu. (Bug #24973171, Bug #83605)
  • A single MySQL connection tab could not be closed unless a second connection tab was opened first. (Bug #24751859, Bug #83194)
  • With a connection made to a remote MySQL server, some context-menu functionality stopped working. For example, right-clicking a valid stored procedure from the Schemas list and selecting Alter Stored Procedure or Create Stored Procedure did not open a tab in the editor as expected. (Bug #24506578, Bug #82659)
  • On occasion, using sudo with a valid password to open a log file produced an exception. (Bug #24297921)
  • A variety of error messages were returned when attempts were made to open the Output panel (or when using Help, System Info from the menu) with older versions of MySQL Workbench. System Info was removed from the menu. (Bug #23584746)
  • The print-preview operation (File, Print Preview from the menu) did not work, or return an error message, on some Linux platforms. (Bug #23467065)
  • Executing separate queries (each in its own connection tab) caused MySQL Workbench to exit. (Bug #23305283, Bug #81480)
  • The PROJ.4 library (libproj) was not found, which prevented the initialization of Spatial Viewer. (Bug #22931452, Bug #80710)
  • A model diagram could not be reduced in size by clicking to the grid or by adjusting its value with the input controls. Attempts to reduce the size made the diagram larger. (Bug #22929861, Bug #80730)
  • Read-only tables, such as those having an index but no primary key, could be selected for update. However, the invalid update operation caused MySQL Workbench to become unresponsive before the operation finished. (Bug #22735577, Bug #80378)
  • An active connection to MySQL server was closed unexpectedly with the DBMS connection read time out (in seconds) preference option set to zero, which should keep the connection open. (Bug #22618750, Bug #80188)
  • Performance Schema instrumentation was not reset from the dashboard on Windows, even though confirmation of the change was provided. (Bug #22557320, Bug #80021)
  • When using the keyboard shortcut to comment selected lines within the SQL editor and with the cursor wrapped around to the beginning of the next line, the entire unselected next line was also commented. (Bug #22282406, Bug #77143)
  • A second view was created unexpectedly when an existing view was renamed using ALTER VIEW syntax. (Bug #22170451, Bug #79176)
  • An error message (Operation failed with exitcode 7) was generated during the dump operation when an attempt was made to export data running on a remote server. (Bug #22093554, Bug #78937)
  • The MySQL Server start and stop management operations generated unhandled exceptions. (Bug #21861171)
  • Stored procedures, when added to a model and synchronized with a database, were not listed in the Navigator area of the sidebar panel. New functions were not represented in the Catalog Tree after synchronization, although each function did appear in the Navigator area and in source. (Bug #21443566, Bug #76368)
  • Tabs separating multiple schemas within the Physical Schemas area of the MySQL Model tab were not visible. (Bug #21356922, Bug #77451)
  • The on-screen description of the myisam-repair-threads system variable was incomplete. It now indicates that the (default) value of 1 disables parallel repair (see the MyISAM tab in Administration - Option File). (Bug #20667496, Bug #76200)
  • Unexpected differences were displayed after using the Forward Engineer to Database wizard and then synchronizing the model and database. (Bug #20631631)
  • The keyboard shortcut to open the Find and Replace dialog box (or Edit, Replace from the menu) did not work from within the Workbench Scripting Shell. (Bug #20630325)
  • When importing data from a CSV file, some rows of data were not shown until Apply was clicked. This fix replaces the import functionality with a wizard. All rows now display correctly in the Configure Import Settings step of the Table Data Import wizard. Note that when no column header is provided, the first row of data is used as the header. (Bug #20630193)
  • The template supplied for the Create a Table Like operation (right-clickTables within the schema tree) was not complete enough to use without custom modifications. (Bug #20578595)
  • The wb.log file did not rotate to a new file (for example, wb.log to wb.1.log) as expected on startup. In addition, all queries were written to thesql_actions_unconnected.log file, instead of to an individual log file for each connection. (Bug #20356293, Bug #75496)
  • The Zoom + icon in the spatial view toolbar produced deteriorating resolution as an image was enlarged. For better results, use the Zoom to area icon to recompute a portion of the whole shape, instead of simply magnifying the visible area with the Zoom + tool. (Bug #20279644, Bug #75318)
  • A newly created SSH connection could not be used to synchronize a model with a MySQL database. (Bug #20144296, Bug #75102)
  • Expired root passwords were not supported by MySQL Workbench and could not be changed during the first attempt to make a connection to the server where the password was expired. (Bug #19654005)
  • Keywords in stored procedures and triggers were not highlighted consistently within the SQL editor and code blocks with keywords did not expand or collapse as expected. (Bug #19000092, Bug #72677)
  • Selecting Server and then Backup Recovery from the menu generated an unhandled exception when the server was stopped. (Bug #18492268)
  • Returned rows of a column in the result grid did not reliably sort by ascending and descending order when the column label was clicked. (Bug #18454325)
  • The Delete key did not function within EER diagrams. (Bug #18445600)
  • With both a MySQL model and EER diagram open, pressing the CTRL+Wkeyboard shortcut twice closed the diagram, but not the model file. (Bug #18445598)
  • On Linux platforms before the home screen was redesigned, attempting to drag and drop a connection from within a group caused the group to move instead of the connection. (Bug #18445563)
  • When editing an EER diagram, the icons within the editor overlapped on Linux platforms. (Bug #18426867)
  • Schema transfer and migration operations did not support SSH connections and produced error messages when the operations were attempted. (Bug #18138798, Bug #71295)
  • The Use defaults from global settings model option (Model, Model Options from the menu in the MySQL Model tab) when selected did not override the target MySQL version (set in Model Options) with the default target version (set in Workbench Preferences). (Bug #18130160, Bug #71429)
  • Attempting to edit a corrupted MySQL model (.mwb) file resulted in an unpredicted shutdown. (Bug #17456147, Bug #70334)
  • The Save and Save As dialog boxes did not show the file type of a model or SQL script. (Bug #17300401)
  • On macOS platforms, the database-migration operation returned various error messages when an attempt was made to migrate valid data into MySQL. (Bug #17299915, Bug #17299925, Bug #17408230)
  • Selecting multiple objects (tables, views, and so on) in a model, and then deleting all of them at once, removed only the first object from the model. (Bug #14821928, Bug #67214)
  • When an output message in the Action Area panel consisted of multiple lines, only the first line was visible. This fix provides an information box that appears briefly when a pointer device hovers over the truncated message. (Bug #14802567, Bug #66988)
  • The Workbench Scripting Shell window on hosts running the GNOME Shell lacked the controls to resize or close the window. (Bug #14768677, Bug #66810)
  • The context menus associated with tables in the schema tree did not function when the schema list was filtered. (Bug #14690217, Bug #67001)
  • The combination of Ubuntu with language-pack-tr and LANG=tr_TR.UTF-8produced an error message when columns of type INT were parsed during operations that altered existing tables. (Bug #13971992, Bug #63872)
  • Chinese characters in the file path of an existing MySQL model were misrepresented and rendered the file inaccessible. (Bug #11757843, Bug #49950)
  • EER diagrams with long names wrapped around to a second line in the Model Overview area and were not fully visible when the host was Microsoft Windows. This fix inserts a vertical scroll bar into the Model Overview to accommodate long names. (Bug #11749931, Bug #40103)


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