8 Best MySQL/MariaDB GUI Tools for Linux Administrators

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

In this guide, we will share a list of the best MySQL graphical user interface (GUI) tools for Linux systems.

1. phpMyAdmin

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

It is a well-documented application that comes with an intuitive web interface, and support for most MySQL features for managing databases, tables, columns, relations, indexes, users, permissions, etc. It also supports the management of multiple servers, direct execution of any SQL statement, import of data in CSV and SQL format, export of data to CSV, SQL, XML, PDF, and more.

phpMyAdmin also enables users to create graphics of your database layout in various formats, create complex queries using Query-by-example (QBE), search globally in a database or a subset of it, and so many other features.

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

2. MySQL Workbench

MySQL Workbench is another popular and full-featured graphical tool for managing MySQL servers and databases. It is cross-platform and runs on Linux systems, Windows, and Mac OS X.

It provides three main areas of functionality:

  1. SQL Development – which enables users to manage database connection parameters, and executes SQL queries via the built-in SQL editor.
  2. Data Modeling – for creating models of your database schema graphically, reverse and forward engineer between a schema and a live database.
  3. Server Administration – which allows for creating and administering server instances.

It is available in two editions: the community edition which is available free of charge, and the standard edition provides additional enterprise-grade features, such as database documentation generation and so much more, at low cost.

MySQL Workbench - Visual Database Design Tool
MySQL Workbench – Visual Database Design Tool

3. DBeaver

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

DBeaver ships 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 having a JDBC driver, it can as well 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 in Linux

4. Beekeeper Studio

Intended to be a straightforward and approachable cross-platform SQL client, Beekeeper Studio is a modern and 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 that ships with extra features and comes with a business-friendly commercial license.

Beekeeper Studio - SQL Editor
Beekeeper Studio – SQL Editor

5. Adminer

Adminer is a super replacement for phpMyAdmin that offers a tidier 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 deploy to the target database server, and it supports PHP 5, 7, and 8 with enabled sessions. Adminer supports MySQL, MariaDB, PostgreSQL, SQLite, MS SQL, Oracle, Elasticsearch, MongoDB, and others via plugins.

Adminer Manage Content in Database
Adminer Manage Content in Database

For installation, read our article – Adminer – A Web-Based Databases Administration Tool for Linux

6. Navicat for MySQL

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

It features advanced secure connections, easy SQL editing, intelligent database designer, seamless data migrations, diversified manipulation tool, supports dark mode, and so many other 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 a focus on interactivity.

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

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

8. SQuirreL SQL

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

SQuirreL SQL Client Tool
SQuirreL SQL Client Tool

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

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