Chapter 1 MySQL Workbench Introduction

MySQL Workbench provides a graphical tool for working with MySQL Servers and databases. MySQL Workbench fully supports MySQL Server versions 5.1 and above. It is also compatible with MySQL Server 5.0, but not every feature of 5.0 may be supported. It does not support MySQL Server versions 4.x.

MySQL Workbench provides five main areas of functionality:

MySQL Workbench is available in two editions, the Community Edition and the Commercial Edition. The Community Edition is available free of charge. The Commercial Edition provides additional Enterprise features, such as access to MySQL Enterprise Backup and MySQL Audit, at low cost. For a complete comparison, see

For release notes detailing changes made in each release of MySQL Workbench, see Appendix D, MySQL Workbench and Utilities Change History.