[mysql] MySQL: How to allow remote connection to mysql

I have installed MySQL Community Edition 5.5 on my local machine and I want to allow remote connections so that I can connect from external source.

How can I do that?

This question is related to mysql mysql-workbench

The answer is

If mysqld has a bind address set to a loopback/local address (e.g., the server will not be reachable from remote hosts, because a loopback interface cannot be reached from any remote host.

Set this option to (:: for IPv4+6) to accept connections from any host, or to another externally-reachable address if you want to only allow connections on one interface.


And for OS X people out there be aware that the bind-address parameter is typically set in the launchd plist and not in the my.ini file. So in my case, I removed <string>--bind-address=</string> from /Library/LaunchDaemons/homebrew.mxcl.mariadb.plist.

This blog How to setup a MySQL server on Local Area Network will be useful in setting up a MySQL from scratch

In my case I was trying to connect to a remote mysql server on cent OS. After going through a lot of solutions (granting all privileges, removing ip bindings,enabling networking) problem was still not getting solved.

As it turned out, while looking into various solutions,I came across iptables, which made me realize mysql port 3306 was not accepting connections.

Here is a small note on how I checked and resolved this issue.

  • Checking if port is accepting connections:
telnet (mysql server ip) [portNo]
  • Adding ip table rule to allow connections on the port:
iptables -A INPUT -i eth0 -p tcp -m tcp --dport 3306 -j ACCEPT
  • Would not recommend this for production environment, but if your iptables are not configured properly, adding the rules might not still solve the issue. In that case following should be done:
service iptables stop

Hope this helps.

Please follow the below mentioned steps inorder to set the wildcard remote access for MySQL User.

(1) Open cmd.

(2) navigate to path C:\Program Files\MySQL\MySQL Server 5.X\bin and run this command.

mysql -u root -p

(3) Enter the root password.

(4) Execute the following command to provide the permission.


USERNAME: Username you wish to connect to MySQL server.

IP: Public IP address from where you wish to allow access to MySQL server.

PASSWORD: Password of the username used.

IP can be replaced with % to allow user to connect from any IP address.

(5) Flush the previleges by following command and exit.


exit; or \q

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If you installed MySQL from brew it really does only listen on the local interface by default. To fix that you need to edit /usr/local/etc/my.cnf and change the bind-address from to *.

Then run brew services restart mysql.

All process for remote login. Remote login is off by default.You need to open it manually for all ip..to give access all ip


Specific Ip

GRANT ALL PRIVILEGES ON *.* TO 'root'@'your_desire_ip' IDENTIFIED BY 'password';


flush privileges;

You can check your User Host & Password

SELECT host,user,authentication_string FROM mysql.user;

Now your duty is to change this

bind-address =

You can find this on

sudo nano /etc/mysql/mysql.conf.d/mysqld.cnf

if you not find this on there then try this

sudo nano /etc/mysql/my.cnf

comment in this

#bind-address =

Then restart Mysql

sudo service mysql restart

Now enjoy remote login

Just a note from my experience, you can find configuration file under this path /etc/mysql/mysql.conf.d/mysqld.cnf.

(I struggled for some time to find this path)

some times need to use name of pc on windows

first step) put in config file of mysql:

mysqld.cnf SET bind-address=

(to let recibe connections over tcp/ip)

second step) make user in mysql, table users, with name of pc on windows propierties, NOT ip

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For whom it needs it, check firewall port 3306 is open too, if your firewall service is running.

Enabling remote root access can be dangerous. It would be preferable if you were to set up user accounts with more restrictive permissions. The following three steps should do it.

  1. Ensure that the line starting with bind-address ... is at least commented out in your my.ini or my.cnf file. If it doesn't exist, move on. You can find this file in C:\ProgramData\MySQL\MySQL Server 8.0 on Windows.

  2. Afterwards, check that the user account you are establishing the connection with does not have localhost in the Limit to Hosts Matching field. While it isn't recommended, you can instead put % in that field for testing purposes. You can do this by opening a local connection to the server with MySQL Workbench, then going to Server>Users and Privileges from the menu bar and finding the user account you want to connect with.

The "Limit to Hosts Matching" field is what disallows you to connect non-locally. I.e. it limits the accepted connections to a pattern of IP addresses. Ideally, you should be accessing the MySQL server from a static IP address or subnet, so that you can be as restrictive as possible.

  1. Obviously, your firewall should allow the MySQL Server application to communicate over the port you want. The physical networking equipment in between you and your server should allow communication on the port you want to connect with. (port 3306 typically)

Just F.Y.I I pulled my hair out with this problem for hours.. finally I call my hosting provider and found that in my case using a cloud server that in the control panel for 1and1 they have a secondary firewall that you have to clone and add port 3306. Once added I got straight in..

After doing all of above I still couldn't login as root remotely, but Telnetting to port 3306 confirmed that MySQL was accepting connections.

I started looking at the users in MySQL and noticed there were multiple root users with different passwords.

select user, host, password from mysql.user;

So in MySQL I set all the passwords for root again and I could finally log in remotely as root.

use mysql;
update user set password=PASSWORD('NEWPASSWORD') where User='root';
flush privileges;

If your MySQL server process is listening on or ::1 only then you will not be able to connect remotely. If you have a bind-address setting in /etc/my.cnf this might be the source of the problem.

You will also have to add privileges for a non-localhost user as well.

I had to this challenge when working on a Java Project with MySQL server as the database.

Here's how I did it:

First, confirm that your MySQL server configuration to allow for remote connections. Use your preferred text editor to open the MySQL server configuration file:

sudo nano /etc/mysql/mysql.conf.d/mysqld.cnf

Scroll down to the bind-address line and ensure that is either commented out or replaced with (to allow all remote connections) or replaced with Ip-Addresses that you want remote connections from.

Once you make the necessary changes, save and exit the configuration file. Apply the changes made to the MySQL config file by restarting the MySQL service:

sudo systemctl restart mysql

Next, log into the MySQL server console on the server it was installed:

mysql -u root -p

Enter your mysql user password

Check the hosts that the user you want has access to already. In my case the user is root:

SELECT host FROM mysql.user WHERE user = "root";

This gave me this output:

| host      |
| localhost |

Next, I ran the command below to grant the root user remote access to the database named my_database:

USE my_database;
GRANT ALL PRIVILEGES ON *.* TO 'root'@'%' IDENTIFIED BY 'my-password';

Note: % grants a user remote access from all hosts on a network. You can specify the Ip-Address of the individual hosts that you want to grant the user access from using the command - GRANT ALL PRIVILEGES ON *.* TO 'root'@'Ip-Address' IDENTIFIED BY 'my-password';

Afterwhich I checked the hosts that the user now has access to. In my case the user is root:

SELECT host FROM mysql.user WHERE user = "root";

This gave me this output:

| host      |
| %         |
| localhost |

Finally, you can try connecting to the MySQL server from another server using the command:

mysql -u username -h mysql-server-ip-address -p

Where u represents user, h represents mysql-server-ip-address and p represents password. So in my case it was:

mysql -u root -h -p

Enter your mysql user password

You should get this output depending on your MySQL server version:

Welcome to the MySQL monitor.  Commands end with ; or \g.
Your MySQL connection id is 4
Server version: 5.7.31 MySQL Community Server (GPL)

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Type 'help;' or '\h' for help. Type '\c' to clear the current input statement.


Resources: How to Allow Remote Connections to MySQL

That's all.

I hope this helps