How to Create a Database in MySQL with MySQL Workbench

This step-by-step guide will show you how easy it is to create a database in MySQL by using MySQL Workbench GUI.

How to Create a Database in MySQL using MySQL Workbench

The MySQL Workbench is a graphic tool for working with MySQL Servers and databases. It is cross-platform, open-source, and easy to use.

We’ll assume you already have MySQL Workbench installed. Let us show you how we can use it to create a new database in MySQL.

First, launch the MySQL Workbench and click on the button shown in the following screenshot to set up a new connection.

MySQL Workbench: Add New Connection

In the “Setup New Connection” dialogue box, type the connection’s name and click the “Test Connection” button.

MySQL Workbench: Connection Details

MySQL Workbench will display a dialog window. Type the password for the MySQL root user, check the “Save password in keychain,” and click the “OK” button.

MySQL Workbench: Connection Dialog Root Credentials

MySQL Workbench should say, “Successfully made the MySQL connection.” Click “OK“.

MySQL Workbench: Successful Connection

Now under the “MySQL Connections” section, you will see your connection listed. Double-click on it to connect to the MySQL Server.

MySQL Workbench: Open Connection to the Server

Now we are ready to create the new database in MySQL. MySQL Workbench opens the window as shown in the following screenshot. Click the “Create a new schema in the connected server” button from the toolbar.

MySQL Workbench: Create a New Database Button

You need to enter the “Schema name” in the following window and click the “Apply” button.

In MySQL, a schema is synonymous with a database. Therefore, creating a new schema also means creating a new database in MySQL.

MySQL Workbench: Set Name for Newly Database

Once you name your schema, click the “Apply” button and, when prompted, review the SQL Script and click “Apply” again.

MySQL Workbench: Execute Database Creation

MySQL Workbench should say, “SQL script was successfully applied to the database.” Click “Close.”

MySQL Workbench: Database Creation Successfully Applied

Click on the arrow to the right of “Administration” to switch to the “Schemas” tab. You’ll see the new database created and shown in the “Schemas” tab.

MySQL Workbench: Browse Newly Created Database


After completing this tutorial, you should have a sense of creating a database in MySQL using MySQL Workbench GUI. As we have seen above, it is pretty straightforward.

Related: MySQL: How to Backup (Dump) and Restore Database Using mysqldump

For more information about MySQL databases, see the MySQL documentation.

Bobby Borisov

Bobby Borisov

Bobby, an editor-in-chief at Linuxiac, is a Linux professional with over 20 years of experience. With a strong focus on Linux and open-source software, he has worked as a Senior Linux System Administrator, Software Developer, and DevOps Engineer for small and large multinational companies.

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