Appendix A MySQL Workbench Frequently Asked Questions

General Questions


Questions and Answers

A.1: Is there an easy way to select all data from a table, and then see the results?

Right-click on a table and select Select Rows - Limit 1000 form the context menu. This executes a "SELECT * FROM schema.table LIMIT 1000" query and loads the results into the result grid. From there you can view or edit the data.

A.2: My MySQL server connection is timing out with an error like "Error Code: 2013. Lost connection to MySQL server during query". Can I adjust the timeout?

Yes, go to Preferences, SQL Editor, and adjust the DBMS connection read time out option that defaults to 600 seconds. This sets the maximum amount of time (in seconds) that a query can take before MySQL Workbench disconnects from the MySQL server.

A.3: How does MySQL Workbench increase import performance?

When a model is exported (Database, Forward Engineer...), some MySQL server variables are temporarily set to enable faster SQL import by the server. The statements added at the start of the code are:


These statements function as follows:

These server variables are then reset at the end of the script using the following statements:


A.4: What do the column flag acronyms (PK, NN, UQ, BIN, UN, ZF, AI) in the MySQL Workbench Table Editor mean?

Checking these boxes will alter the table column by assigning the checked constraints to the designated columns.

Hover over an acronym to view a description, and see the MySQL Workbench Table Editor and MySQL CREATE TABLE documentation for a detailed list.

A.5: I'm forced to use MySQL Workbench 5.2.x, is its documentation available?

Although the 5.2.x branch is no longer maintained, its documentation is archived at