JDBC calls to the database and mysql workbench should work against any DBMS that has a JDBC driver. But not all features might work correctly with unknown databases, especially if the JDBC driver only implements a small subset of the JDBC API. DBMS, please feel free to contact me.

This article relies too much on references to primary sources. DBDesigner4 is an open source visual database design and querying tool for the MySQL database released under the GPL. 2003 by the Austrian programmer Michael G. While being a physical-modeling only tool DBDesigner4 offers a comprehensive feature set including reverse engineering of MySQL databases, model-to-database synchronization, model poster printing, basic version control of schema models and a SQL query builder.

It is available for MS Windows, Mac OS X and Linux. This led to the creation of the MySQL GUI Tools Bundle. It was developed by MySQL AB and later by Sun Microsystems and released under the GPL. The GUI Tools bundle has been superseded by MySQL Workbench, and reached its End-of-Life with the beta releases of MySQL Workbench 5.

However, the MySQL Support team continued to provide assistance for the bundle until June 30, 2010. The first preview version of MySQL Workbench was released in September 2005, and was not included in the MySQL GUI Tools Bundle. Development was started again in 2007 and MySQL Workbench was set to become the MySQL GUI flagship product. Version numbering was started at 5. 0 to emphasise that MySQL Workbench was developed as the successor to DBDesigner4.

1 are specialized visual database design tools for the MySQL database. 0 was a MS Windows-only product, cross-platform support was added to MySQL Workbench 5. 2 the application has evolved to a general database GUI application. On May 22, 2013, the MySQL Workbench Team announced that they were working on Version 6.

The first public beta, labeled version 6. 2, was released on June 14, 2013, and the first general-availability release was made on August 12, 2013. On January 23, 2014 the MySQL Workbench Team announced its first public beta release of Version 6. The first general-availability release was made on March 31, 2014. On August 19, 2014, the MySQL Workbench Team announced its first public beta release of Version 6.

The first general-availability release was made on September 23, 2014. On March 5, 2015, the MySQL Workbench Team announced its first public beta release of Version 6. The first general-availability release was made on April 23, 2015. MySQL Workbench is the first MySQL family of products that offer two different editions — an open source and a proprietary edition.

The «Community Edition» is a full featured product that is not crippled in any way. Being the foundation for all other editions it will benefit from all future development efforts. The proprietary «Standard Edition» extends the Community Edition with a series of modules and plugins. As this business decision was announced soon after the takeover of MySQL by Sun Microsystems, this has caused speculation in the press about the future licensing of the MySQL database. Since its introduction MySQL Workbench has become popular within the MySQL community. It is now the second most downloaded product from the MySQL website with more than 250,000 downloads a month. Before that it was voted Database Tool of the Year 2009 on Developer.

MySQL Workbench has been reviewed by the open source community and print magazines. Arjen Lentz, «Interview with Michael G. Zinner» Archived May 3, 2010, at the Wayback Machine, MySQL. MySQL GUI Tools Bundle: Archived Downloads, MySQL.