6.1.3 SQL Query Panel

In this area, you can enter SQL statements directly. The statements entered can be saved to a file or snippet for later use. At any point, you can also execute the statements you have entered.

To save a snippet of code entered into the SQL Query panel, click the Save SQL to Snippets List icon in the Snippets panel, enter a name (optional), and click OK. The snippet can be inserted into the SQL Query panel at any time by double-clicking the snippet in the SQL Snippets panel.

Figure 6.3 SQL Editor - SQL Query Panel

SQL Editor - SQL Query Panel

Executing a SELECT query will display the associated result set in the SQL View panel, directly below the SQL Query panel. These cells are editable if MySQL Workbench is able to determine how, as for example they are editable if a Primary or Unique key exists within the result set. If not, MySQL Workbench will display a "read-only" icon at the bottom-right corner of the SQL View panel, and hovering the mouse cursor over this icon will provide a hint as to why it's not editable.


To quickly enter the name of a table, view, or column, double-click the item in the Schemata Palette. The item name will be inserted into the SQL Query panel.

The SQL Editor has several configurable panels and windows, as described in the screenshot above.


The Output panel is located at the bottom of MySQL Workbench. Its select box includes the Action Output, Text Output, and History Output options.

The Action Output panel displays a summary of the communication between the script and the server, and can refer to errors or general information. Each message displays the time, action, and server response. This output is useful for troubleshooting scripts.

The Text Output panel displays a textual representation of the query, as displayed using the MySQL Console. Use Query, Execute (All or Selection) to Text to send output to this panel.

The History Output panel provides a history of SQL operations carried out. The time and SQL code for each operation is recorded. To view the executed SQL statement, click the time, and the SQL code executed will be displayed in the SQL column.

Result Grid Panel

The results area of the screen shows the results from executed statements. If the script contains multiple statements, a result tab will be generated for each statemented that returned results.


MySQL Workbench handles quoting and escaping for strings entered into the results grid, so adding quotes and proper escaping here is optional.


It is possible to enter a function, or other expression, into a field. Use the prefix \func to prevent MySQL Workbench from escaping quotation marks. For example, for the expression md5('fred'), MySQL Workbench normally would generate the code md5(\'fred\'). To prevent this, enter the expression as \func md5('fred') to ensure that the quoting is not escaped.

The result grid panel offers the following options: