Best Alternative to
MySQL Workbench

What is the most convenient and feature-rich tool to develop and manage MySQL databases and handle your data? The answer depends on your particular goals and needs.

The obvious solution is the well-known MySQL Workbench. However, there is another candidate that we'd like to present in comparison with the Workbench - our own dbForge Studio for MySQL (Enterprise Edition) . It was designed to fill in many gaps of the Workbench when it comes to developing, administering, and managing MySQL and MariaDB databases. dbForge Studio proves that it is easy to boost the performance of developers and enhance the structure of databases.

The latest features include support for MySQL Server 5.5-5.7, 8.0, MariaDB 10.1-10.5, MariaDB Galera Cluster 10.0 Series, Google Cloud Platform, Alibaba Cloud, Azure MySQL, and Tencent Cloud.

Feature comparison table

The following table contains a detailed feature comparison of dbForge Studio for MySQL v9.0 (Enterprise Edition) and MySQL Workbench v 8.0.20. For quick navigation, please use the side menu.

Database Connectivity

dbForge Studio for MySQL
MySQL Workbench
Support for SSH
Yes
Yes
Support for SSL
Yes
Yes
Support for HTTP
Yes
Yes
Support for embedded DB
Yes
Yes
Support for Pipe
Yes
Yes
Connection color and category
Yes
Yes
SQL Mode
Yes
Yes
Encoding
Yes
Yes
Support for MySQL 8.0 and MariaDB
Yes
Yes
Support for Sphinx
Yes
None
Support for Percona
Yes
Yes
Cleartext authentication
planned
Yes
Remote management
No
Yes
System profile settings
No
Yes

SQL Editing and Execution

dbForge Studio for MySQL
MySQL Workbench
Automatic SQL syntax check
Yes
Yes
Code outlining
Yes
Yes
Code snippets
Yes
Yes
Customizable SQL formatting and code beautifier
Yes
Yes
Execute current statement
Yes
Yes
Parameter information for stored routines
Yes
No
Quick access to favorite templates from SQL Editor
Yes
No
SQL editor with syntax coloring
Yes
Yes
Bookmarks
Yes
No
Select block
Yes
No
Text searching
Yes
Yes
Document Outline window for quick navigation through large scripts
Yes
No
Execution of scripts, selected SQL fragments, and statements
Yes
Yes
One-step access to the database object editor from the code ("Go to definition")
Yes
No
SQL history window for the document
Yes
Yes
Execution warnings
Yes
No
GUI transaction support
Yes
Yes

Code Completion

dbForge Studio for MySQL
MySQL Workbench
Code snippets and Snippet Manager
Yes
Yes
Context-sensitive code completion
Yes
Yes
Automatic SQL syntax check
Yes
Yes
One-click access to definitions of schema objects
Yes
No
On-the-fly renaming of database objects
Yes
No
Extended options for code formatting
Yes
No
Auto-generation of table aliases
Yes
No
Quick information about database objects
Yes
No
Support in the body of triggers and events
Yes
No

Visual Query Builder

dbForge Studio for MySQL
MySQL Workbench
Support for the SELECT statement
Yes
No
Support for the INSERT, UPDATE, and DELETE statements
Yes
No
State-of-art diagram with zooming and keyboard support
Yes
No
Preview and printing of diagrams
Yes
No
Visual addition of sub-queries to any part of the main query
Yes
No
Query outline (displayed in the Document Outline window)
Yes
No
Visual editing of sub-queries
Yes
No
Expression builder for creating complex conditions
Yes
No
Drag-and-drop required tables
Yes
No
Copy/Paste for tables on the diagram
Yes
No
Undo/Redo support
Yes
No

Database Design

dbForge Studio for MySQL
MySQL Workbench
Visual Database Designer
Yes
Yes
Visualization of tables, views, stored procedures, and functions
Yes
Yes
Easy access to database objects for viewing their properties
Yes
Yes
Support for IDEF1X and IE notations
Yes
Yes
Customizable diagram view with skin support
Yes
No
Smart ER Diagram layout
Yes
Yes
Diagram export to different image formats
Yes
Yes
Search for database objects on the diagram
Yes
Yes
Organizing diagram shapes with containers
Yes
No
Customizable diagram printing with a rich set of options
Yes
Yes
Optional displaying of table constraints, indexes, and triggers
Yes
No
Integration with the Document Outline window
Yes
No
Diagram navigation with the Diagram Overview window
Yes
Yes
Notes for adding your comments to the diagram
Yes
Yes
Export to image
Yes
No
Zooming in/out
Yes
No
Save/Load diagram
Yes
No
Forward engineering of physical database designs
No
Yes

Table Designer

dbForge Studio for MySQL
MySQL Workbench
Flat table editor
Yes
Yes
Convenient editor for foreign keys
Yes
Yes
Partitioning support
Yes
Yes
Full-text search on the column grid
Yes
No
Schema changes can be viewed before updating the database
Yes
Yes
Heuristics that helps define the data type of new columns
Yes
Yes
Data type groups
No
Yes
Copy column
No
Yes

Object Editor

dbForge Studio for MySQL
MySQL Workbench
Check constraint
Yes
No
Foreign key
Yes
Yes
Index
Yes
Yes
Stored function
Yes
No
Stored procedure
Yes
No
Table
Yes
Yes
Trigger
Yes
Yes
View
Yes
No
Events
Yes
No
Undo option for the object editor
Yes
No
Multicolumns in property grids
planned
No

MySQL Debugger

dbForge Studio for MySQL
MySQL Workbench
Script debugging
Yes
No
Step Into, Step Over, and Step Out commands for step-by-step execution
Yes
No
Breakpoints support for procedures, functions, triggers, and scripts
Yes
No
Breakpoints window
Yes
No
Call Stack window with navigation
Yes
No
Watches window for variable evaluation
Yes
No

Database Explorer

dbForge Studio for MySQL
MySQL Workbench
Multiple database connections allowed
Yes
Yes
Browse and navigate through objects
Yes
Yes
Detailed object properties and data browsing in the Object Viewer window
Yes
Yes
Dependency tree browsing for each object
Yes
No
Quick template script generation for a selected object: SELECT, INSERT, etc.
Yes
Yes
Send To command for quick sending of tables to Query Builder, Data Report, and other tools
Yes
No
Quick access to object privileges (GRANT) from the pop-up menu
Yes
No
Refactoring of database objects
Yes
No

Data Editor

dbForge Studio for MySQL
MySQL Workbench
Copying data with column headers for quick pasting to spreadsheet
Yes
Yes
Custom data filters of any complexity
Yes
No
Data Viewer window for browsing images, rtf, and binary cell values
Yes
Yes
Date time editor with visual interface
Yes
No
Foreign key lookup editor for easy editing of fields referencing other tables
Yes
No
Free copying of any block of data to clipboard
Yes
Yes
Full-text search (Ctrl+F) in data grid
Yes
No
Single row values view
Yes
Yes
Graphical card view
Yes
No
Grouping by arbitrary columns
Yes
No
Incremental search (Ctrl+I) through data grid
Yes
No
Large objects (LOB) editor
Yes
Yes
Multi-table query result set editing
Yes
No
Paginal data browsing for large result sets
Yes
Yes
Printing of data
Yes
No
Quick filter feature available for each data cell
Yes
No
Record numbering option
Yes
No
Read-only state indication
Yes
Yes
Report, chart, and pivot building directly from the data editor
Yes
No
Server-side sorting and filtering to help deal with large data sets
Yes
No
Visible columns picking dialog box
Yes
No
Editing of multiple execution results of one script on separate tabs
Yes
No

Schema/Data Comparison and Synchronization

dbForge Studio for MySQL
MySQL Workbench
Comparing and synchronizing data in databases of virtually any size
Yes
via Shell for MySQL utilities only
Comparing tables, views, procedures, functions, triggers, and events
Yes
via Shell for MySQL utilities only
Support for custom comparison keys
Yes
via Shell for MySQL utilities only
Filtering of comparison results
Yes
No
Generation of data synchronization scripts
Yes
No
Viewing data differences per record
Yes
No
Excluding tables and records from synchronization
Yes
No
Saving and loading comparison settings
Yes
Yes
Command line interface for data comparison and synchronization
Yes
via Shell for MySQL utilities only
Generating accurate comparison reports in HTML and Excel formats
Yes
No
Generation of comments
Yes
No
Specific options for tables, script objects, triggers, indexes, and constraints
Yes
No
Data Compare: include\exclude objects by mask
Yes
No
Schema Compare: include\exclude objects by mask
Yes
No
Schema Compare support for PACKAGE and PACKAGE BODY
Yes
No
Schema comparison with the scripts folder
Yes
No
Schema/Data Compare: Save as Command Line
Yes
No

Data Export

dbForge Studio for MySQL
MySQL Workbench
CSV
Yes
Yes
XML
Yes
Yes
Text
Yes
Yes
XLS
Yes
No
XLSX
Yes
No
PDF
Yes
No
DBF
Yes
No
HTML
Yes
Yes
RTF
Yes
No
JSON
Yes
Yes
Google Sheets
Yes
No
MDB (Access)
Yes
No
ODBC
Yes
No
SQL
Yes
Yes
Export data from multiple tables at once
Yes
No
Export data from command line interface
Yes
No
Templates for exporting
Yes
No

Data Import

dbForge Studio for MySQL
MySQL Workbench
CSV
Yes
Yes
XML
Yes
No
Text
Yes
No
XLS
Yes
No
XLSX
Yes
No
DBF
Yes
No
JSON
Yes
Yes
Google Sheets
Yes
No
MDB (access)
Yes
No
ODBC
Yes
No
SQL
No
No
Import data from command line interface
Yes
No
Templates for importing
Yes
No

Database Projects

dbForge Studio for MySQL
MySQL Workbench
New project wizard with import from an existing database
Yes
No
Project Explorer window for managing project files
Yes
No
Schema View window for browsing logical project structure
Yes
No
Project export into one of multiple scripts
Yes
No
Multiple build configurations
Yes
No
Single-click project deployment on the server
Yes
No
Workspace saving
Yes
No
Compare a live database with a project
Yes
Yes
Compare projects with each other
No
No

Data Analysis

dbForge Studio for MySQL
MySQL Workbench
Display table data representing Parent-Child dependencies (Master-Detail Browser)
Yes
No
Data report generation wizard
Yes
No
Data report designer
Yes
No
Pivot table designer
Yes
No
Chart building wizard
Yes
No
Data search in a live database
Yes
Yes
Automate report generation and distribution (command line support)
Yes
No
Report: Save Command Line
Yes
No
Database diagram
Yes
No
Display query results as a chart
No
No

Performance Tuning

dbForge Studio for MySQL
MySQL Workbench
Visual SQL explain plan
No
Yes
Session statistics displayed in a UI
Yes
Yes
Plan of the query displayed in the tree view for easy review
Yes
No
Profiling history that can be saved for further analysis
Yes
No
Compare profiling results with differences highlighted
Yes
No
Printing of profiling results
Yes
No
Performance dashboard
No
Yes
Top performance reports
No
Yes

Data Generation

dbForge Studio for MySQL
MySQL Workbench
Support for all MySQL column data types
Yes
No
Multiple generators with data customization
Yes
No
SQL data integrity support
Yes
No
Multiple ways to populate data
Yes
No
Meaningful generators
Yes
No
User-defined generators
Yes
No
Real-time preview of generated data
Yes
No
Data Generator: Save Command Line
Yes
No

Database Documenter

dbForge Studio for MySQL
MySQL Workbench
Broad picture of database structure
Yes
Yes
Rich customization features
Yes
Yes
HTML format
Yes
Yes
PDF format
Yes
No
Markdown format
Yes
No
Text format
No
Yes
Documentation customization with style templates
Yes
No
View inter-object and inter-database dependencies
Yes
No
Database Documenter: Save Command Line
Yes
No

Administration

dbForge Studio for MySQL
MySQL Workbench
Service control for starting and stopping MySQL servers
Yes
Yes
Server status and health
None
Yes
Server Variables window
Yes
Yes
Server logs
Yes
Yes
Table maintenance
Yes
Yes
Flush objects (tables, locks, query cache, etc.)
Yes
Yes
Copy databases
Yes
Yes
Backup (data export)
Yes
Yes
Restore (data import)
Yes
Yes
Server and replication configuration
None
Yes
Database snapshot
Yes
None
Database backup
Yes
Yes
Database backup to SQL and ZIP
Yes
None
Database backup as a scripts folder
Yes
None
Backup: Save Command Line
Yes
None

User and Session Management

dbForge Studio for MySQL
MySQL Workbench
Comprehensive Security Manager to administer user accounts and privileges
Yes
Yes
Session Manager for monitoring active MySQL server connections and tracing user sessions
Yes
Yes
Application roles
Yes
Yes
Server monitor
None
None

User Interface

dbForge Studio for MySQL
MySQL Workbench
Start page providing easy access to main product features
Yes
No
Rich user settings
Yes
No
UI skins
Yes
No
Customizable window layout
Yes
No
Tool windows with 'auto-hide' and 'float' modes
Yes
No
Multiple shortcut schemes with full shortcut customization
Yes
No
Syntax highlight customization
Yes
No
Tabbed groups for documents
Yes
No
Toolbar customization
Yes
No
Wizard for sharing common code standards and templates
Yes
No

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