How to Create a Database in MySQL with MySQL Workbench

You can create a MySQL database programmatically, but here's how to do it via the GUI.

How to Create a Database in MySQL

In this step-by-step guide we’ll going to 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 as shown in the following screenshot to setup a new connection.

MySQL Workbench: Add New Connection

In the “Setup New Connection” dialogue box, type the name for the connection and click 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 keychen”, and click 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

In the the following window you need to enter the “Schema name” and click the Apply button.

In MySQL, schema is synonymous with database. 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 showed in the Schemas tab.

MySQL Workbench: Browse Newly Created Database


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

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

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