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Is there a free alternative to MySQL Workbench? I really need a visual database designer that doesn't crash every five minutes.

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closed as not constructive by slhck, random Feb 16 '12 at 19:55

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What OS are you on? – Raystafarian Feb 15 '12 at 19:05
I'm using both Ubuntu and Windows :-) – MadSeb Feb 15 '12 at 19:09
did you try some of these?… – EBGreen Feb 15 '12 at 19:41
mine doesn't - what I am doing wrong? :) – abolotnov Feb 16 '12 at 19:37
soooooo @random... :P – Mehrdad Feb 16 '12 at 19:59

Check this link for a nice GUI Tool for MySQL.


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SQLyog MySQL GUI is a MySQL manager and admin tool, combining the features of MySQL Administrator, phpMyAdmin and other MySQL Front Ends and MySQL GUI tools.

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You should mention this tool is not free, ranging from 99$ to 3999$, and thus your answer is not valid. – Veve Apr 7 at 13:49

Check out this free utility called HeidiSQL:

Here's another one called EMS MySQL Manager:

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I've been using MySQL Workbench for a little over a year now. I use it for several hours each day. It used to crash on me on a daily basis however it has improved significantly in the last 6 months or so. I'm not sure if you're aware but every few weeks they release a new minor version. The latest version is 5.2.37 and it's been working quite well for me. If you haven't updated your installation please consider that before searching for an alternative.

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Just a note, the mac version is still horrific at this time (version 5.2.41). – MrJre Aug 29 '12 at 10:17


squirrel SQL is a Java/JDBC database tool. It isn't database specific, but you can use with whatever DB you have JDBC drivers for. Clunky at times, but useful.

Eclipse SQL Explorer which can be used within eclipse or as a standalone client. It also uses JDBC.

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Found the best alternative to MySQL Workbench. It's called DbSchema.

It never crashes and works like a charm.

DbSchema is an integrated universal database tool, featuring graphical layouts, Relational Data Browse, Query Builder, SQL Editor, schema deployment and synchronization and many more.

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The OP asks for a free alternative. DBSchema has a free edition but it is rather limited (12 tables only and other limitations). – ypercubeᵀᴹ Dec 30 '12 at 1:30

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