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DBeaver vs MySQL Workbench: What are the differences?

DBeaver and MySQL Workbench are two popular tools used for managing databases. While they both serve the same purpose, there are several key differences between the two.

  1. User Interface: DBeaver provides a more intuitive and user-friendly interface compared to MySQL Workbench. It offers a sleek design with various customization options, making it easier for users to navigate and interact with the database.

  2. Cross-Platform Compatibility: DBeaver is highly cross-platform compatible, supporting multiple operating systems such as Windows, Mac, and Linux. On the other hand, MySQL Workbench primarily caters to Windows users, limiting its availability and usability on other platforms.

  3. Supported Databases: DBeaver supports a wide range of databases, including but not limited to MySQL, PostgreSQL, Oracle, Microsoft SQL Server, and SQLite. On the contrary, MySQL Workbench is specifically designed for managing MySQL databases, providing more comprehensive features specifically tailored for MySQL.

  4. Data Migration: DBeaver offers advanced data migration capabilities, allowing users to easily migrate data between different databases with just a few clicks. This feature can be particularly useful when switching from one database system to another. MySQL Workbench, however, lacks comprehensive data migration tools and may require additional third-party software for complex migrations.

  5. Collaboration and Teamwork: DBeaver provides excellent collaboration features, allowing multiple users to work on the same database simultaneously. It supports version control systems like Git, facilitating easy collaboration and coordination among team members. MySQL Workbench, on the other hand, lacks such collaborative functionalities, which can hinder teamwork and slow down the development process.

  6. Price and Licensing: DBeaver is an open-source tool that is freely available for personal and commercial use. It doesn't require any licensing fees and can be customized as per individual or organizational requirements. In contrast, MySQL Workbench is a proprietary software that comes with licensing costs, which may not be affordable for small businesses or individual users.

In summary, DBeaver offers a more user-friendly interface, cross-platform compatibility, extensive database support, advanced data migration capabilities, collaboration features, and cost-effectiveness compared to MySQL Workbench. However, MySQL Workbench provides a more tailored experience for managing MySQL databases, making it a preferred choice for users exclusively working with MySQL.

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I am looking to build an azure database that connects to my power bi application. Initially, I attempted to create an Azure SQL database, then realized I needed to have SQL Server Management Service in order to manage and connect between Azure SQL <=> Power BI, but since I am on a Mac, I had to use the complex installation as a workaround.

If MySQL Workbench can solve this (as the product is available on Mac), I am more than happy to proceed with this approach if it can achieve the same goal of connecting an azure database with my Power BI application

What I am trying to achieve is fairly simple: have an online cloud database that connects to my Power BI application

I am open to any other solutions as well

Thank you

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Oded Arbel
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As others have noted, MySQL Workbench cannot be used instead of Microsoft SQL Manager to manage Azure SQL (MS-SQL Server, I hate that Microsoft uses generic category names for their products).

If you're considering switching to MySQL (Possibly using Azure MySQL managed database), then please not that unlike MS-SQL Server, you do not need the MySQL Workbench to connect your application to MysQL: just use the correct driver for your stack, and you're all set (if your stack is using the .Net platform, use MySQL Connector/NET from: https://dev.mysql.com/downloads/connector/net/ ).

If you do want to use a graphical interface to maintain your MySQL database, then MySQL Workbench is a great choice, but you are not limited to it - as others have mentioned, there is a plethora of competing graphical database management tools that would work just as well with MySQL - one of the advantages of choosing MySQL for your stack is the huge eco-system that is built around it.

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Lawrence Fernandes
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Hello Could you give us a better idea of what Data Base Management System (DBMS) you are using at Azure? MySQL Workbench and Microsoft SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS) are tools developed to exclusively manage MySQL and SQL Server, respectively. If you need to manage multiple DBMS's from a single tool, I sugget you try DBeaver. There are also another alternatives: HeidiSQL, phpMyAdmin, etc. Regarding the DBMS itself, I suggest you stick with SQL Server. In my opinion it's more stable and has more features than MySQL - especially in the Standard and Enterprise editions. Regards, Lawrence

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Povilas Brilius
PHP Web Developer at GroundIn Software · | 1 upvotes · 196.9K views

As far as I know, MySQL Workbench doesn't handle Microsoft connections, including Azure, you should try Microsoft solutions such as MS VS Code.

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Erica Rowe
Tech Lead at eComEngine LLC · | 1 upvotes · 196.5K views
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Microsoft provides an application known as Azure Data Studio that runs on Windows, Mac and Linux machines. It provides the ability to manage an Azure SQL database, as well as connecting to standard SQL Server databases. https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/sql/azure-data-studio/what-is?view=sql-server-ver15

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Julien DeFrance
Principal Software Engineer at Tophatter · | 1 upvotes · 196.4K views

Hi Aashwiin, Looking at your stack (https://stackshare.io/aashwiin82347/my-stack), it seems you are using Azure SQL Databases. I'll infer this is Microsoft SQL Server. Therefore, it certainly makes sense you stick with some of the official Microsoft Tooling to connect to it, query and administer it. You'd only be looking at MySQL Query Workbench, if you were running and connecting to a MySQL Database. - That said, could Azure MySQL (https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/mysql/overview) be an option for you a this point? MySQL offers great performance. I have been running it at various companies (under AWS/RDS and AWS/Aurora) and have no reason to switch over to anything else. - Decision making-wise, how much do your want your local sql/mysql client to influence/weigh in your architecture/technology decisions, though? This can be a slippery slope. - Alternatively, other clients exist, such as "Table Plus" and allow you to connect, on Mac, to a variety of database servers, including SQL Server. It might be worth giving it a try.

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Decisions about DBeaver and MySQL WorkBench
Adam Taylor

We were looking a tool that would allow us to do MySQL and PostgreSQL development/administration from a single tool. We decided on Navicat Premium because it can connect to MySQL, MariaDB, MongoDB, SQL Server, Oracle, PostgreSQL, and SQLite databases - and simultaneously. It's also compatible with Amazon RDS and Microsoft Azure, which we also use.

Moreover, we previously experienced the occasional freezing and crashing in MySQL Workbench. It also suffered from a poor design, with certain features being a bit difficult to find. Meanwhile, phpMyAdmin lacked schema visualization tools and seemed better suited to lightweight day to day transactions than some of the big jobs that we needed to do.

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    Platform independent
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    Automatic driver download
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    Import-Export Data
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    Simple to use
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    Move data between databases
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    Wide range of DBMS support
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    SAP Hana DB support
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    Free
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    Easy to use
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    Clean UI
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What is DBeaver?

It is a free multi-platform database tool for developers, SQL programmers, database administrators and analysts. Supports all popular databases: MySQL, PostgreSQL, SQLite, Oracle, DB2, SQL Server, Sybase, Teradata, MongoDB, Cassandra, Redis, etc.

What is MySQL WorkBench?

It enables a DBA, developer, or data architect to visually design, model, generate, and manage databases. It includes everything a data modeler needs for creating complex ER models, forward and reverse engineering, and also delivers key features for performing difficult change management and documentation tasks that normally require much time and effort.

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