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8 Best MySQL/MariaDB GUI Tools For Linux Administrators

mysql is one of the most widely used open source relational database management systems (RDBMS), which has been around for a long time. It is an advanced, fast, reliable, scalable, and easy-to-use RDBMS for high-load, mission-critical production systems and software packages.

In this guide, we will share a list of the best MySQL Graphical User Interface (GUI) tools for Linux systems.


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phpMyAdmin is probably the most popular, free, open source and feature-rich graphical tool for MySQL/MariaDB administration, especially for web hosting services and among developers. It works on Linux, Windows OS, as well as Mac OS X systems.

It is a well-documented application with an intuitive web interface and supports most MySQL features for managing databases, tables, columns, relationships, indexes, users, permissions, etc. It also supports managing multiple servers, directly executing any SQL statement, importing data in CSV and SQL format, exporting data in CSV, SQL, XML, PDF, etc.

phpMyAdmin also allows users to create graphs of your database layout in various formats, create complex queries using Query-by-example (QBE), search globally in a database or sub -all of it, and many more features.

phpMyAdmin - Administration tool for MySQL and MariaDB
phpMyAdmin – Administration tool for MySQL and MariaDB

2. MySQL Workshop

MySQL Workshop is another popular and comprehensive graphical tool for managing mysql servers and databases. It is cross-platform and works on Linux, Windows and Mac OS X systems.

It provides three main areas of functionality:

  1. SQL Development – which allows users to manage database connection settings and run SQL queries through the built-in SQL editor.
  2. Data modeling – to graphically create models of your database schema, reverse and forward engineer between a schema and a live database.
  3. Server administration – which allows you to create and administer server instances.

It is available in two editions: the Community Edition which is available for free, and the Standard Edition provides additional enterprise level features, such as database documentation generation and much more, at low cost.

MySQL Workbench - Visual database design tool
MySQL Workbench – Visual database design tool

3. The beaver

D Castor is a universal, free, open source and cross-platform database management tool, created for developers, SQL programmers, database administrators and analysts. It supports not only MySQL and MariaDB databases but also all popular database systems including PostgreSQL, Oracle, SQLite, SQL Server and MS Access.

D Beaver comes with a well-designed and implemented user interface (UI) and a powerful SQL editor with auto-completion of keywords, schema names, table names and column names. Although it supports any database system that has a JDBC driver, it can also handle other external data sources with or without a JDBC driver.

DBeaver - Universal Database Tool
DBeaver – Universal Database Tool

For installation read our article – How to Install DBeaver Universal Database Tool on Linux

4. Beekeeper’s workshop

Designed to be a simple and accessible cross-platform SQL client, Beekeeper Studio is a modern, easy-to-use SQL editor and database manager for MySQL, PostgreSQL, SQLite and SQL Server, available for Linux, Mac and Windows.

Beekeeper studio is available in two editions: Beekeeper Studio Community Edition is the free and open source version of Beekeeper Studio, and Beekeeper Studio Ultimate Edition is the commercial version which comes with additional features and comes with a license business-friendly business.

Beekeeper Studio - SQL Editor
Beekeeper Studio – SQL Editor

5. Administrator

Administrator is a great replacement for phpMyAdmin which offers a cleaner user interface, better support for MySQL features, higher performance, more security, and can be extended by plugins.

It consists of a single PHP file ready to be deployed to the target database server and supports PHP 5, 7 and 8 with sessions enabled. Administrator supports MySQL, MariaDB, PostgreSQL, SQLite, MS SQL, Oracle, Elasticsearch, MongoDB and others via plugins.

Admin Manage content in database
Admin Manage content in database

For installation, read our article – Adminer – A web-based database administration tool for Linux

6. Navicat for MySQL

Navicat for MySQL comes with an intuitive and well-designed graphical interface that simplifies the administration and development of your database on Linux, Windows and macOS systems.

It features advanced secure connections, easy SQL editing, smart database designer, seamless data migrations, diverse manipulation tool, dark mode support, and many more features.

Navicat for MySQL
Navicat for MySQL

7. OmniDB

Designed to be simple, lightweight, fast, and secure, OmniDB is an open-source, web-based tool that simplifies database management with an emphasis on interactivity.

It runs in most browsers, from any operating system, and features a unified workspace, responsive interface, smart SQL editor with contextual SQL code completion, a tabbed SQL editor, simplified editing and interactive tables.

OmniDB - Web-Based Database Management Tool
OmniDB – Web-Based Database Management Tool

8. SQL Squirrel

Simple yet feature-rich, SquirreL SQL is a graphical multi-database SQL client that allows users to view the structure of a JDBC-compliant database, browse data in tables, and issue SQL commands, And much more.

SQuirreL SQL Client Tool
SQuirreL SQL Client Tool

That’s all we had prepared for you. Let us know about any missing tools that should have made it here, via the feedback form below.

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