my setup
host: win 7
guest : opensuse []
Ports forwarded 80, 22 from to
Connection to VM using winscp with user@ using public key authentication is working. I can access Apache as well by going to on host machine.

I can't access mysql by using ssh tunnel. I am using heidisql. I have another remote machine which I am accessing via ssh tunnel and it is working fine with same configuration on that server.

I always get

"SQl Error(2003) in statement #0: Can't connect to MySQL server on 'localhost' (10061)"

What am I doing wrong?

  • update: if I use putty to first open tunnel and forward port 3308 to and then use heidisql to connect via tcp/ip with port 3308, I am able to connect with same credentials. I guess it may be heidisql issue. – codescope Sep 20 '13 at 4:08

I was having the same problem. I solve it by increasing "plink.exe timeout" setting in ssh tunnel tab.

  • This helped me with the same problem with MySQL Workbench. Doubling all the TIMEOUT values in the Preferences -> SSH resolved the connection problem. – RusI Nov 22 '18 at 8:11

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