This section summarizes many of the new features added to MySQL Workbench 6.0.0, in relation to MySQL Workbench 5.2.x;.
A new, modernized "Home" screen where major functionality of MySQL Workbench can be accessed, including connections to MySQL servers, modeling, migration, and the command-line utilities.
In the new user interface, the Server Administration functionality (such as start/stop server, managing user accounts etc) is now accessible directly from the SQL Editor interface, located near where the schema information can be browsed and queries executed.
The image below contains three screenshots of the Schema window in the SQL Editor. The first is from MySQL Workbench 5.2, the second is MySQL Workbench 6.0 with the management tab collapsed, and the third shows what the merged management tab looks like. Toggle the merged and tabbed views by clicking the new merge button next to the refresh button.
You can select schemas and/or tables to perform client-side searches for user specified strings and patterns. To access this new search feature, right click select a schema or a table in the left sidebar and select Search Table Data....
This screenshot demonstrates the search feature, along with an example search. Multiple tables were selected and searched in this example:
Select a keyword or function in your query and after a delay it will show formatted help information from the MySQL Server (equivalent to using the help command from the command-line MySQL Client).
New Schema Inspector feature allows you to browse general
information from schema objects. For tables, it's also possible to
perform maintenance tasks such as
CHECKSUM TABLE. To access the inspector,
right-click a schema and select the Schema
And choosing Maintenance for a table:
You can generate a series of
needed to delete a row from that table, which includes rows from
other tables that reference it, recursively. The
SELECT version allows you to preview what rows
would be deleted. Right click a table and select Copy
to Clipboard, Delete with
Define templates of tables with commonly used columns, to be used to create new tables in a live connection or in an EER model. In the SQL Editor, choose Create Table Like..., or in Modeling, use the right sidebar.
A Vertical Text output option for queries (equivalent to \G from the command-line Client) was added. To execute, choose Query, Execute Current Statement (Vertical Text Output).
The Visual Explain output was improved.
Additional server status information was added, and the user interface was improved. Select Server Status from the Management tab to open this window.
Support for MySQL Enterprise features in the Commercial edition of MySQL Workbench was added. From within the Management tab for an open connection, look for the following products under the heading MySQL Enterprise:
MySQL Enterprise Backup (MEB): A GUI frontend
for the MEB tool. After installing a commercial version of
MySQL Workbench and MySQL Enterprise Backup, MySQL Workbench will check for and handle the
pre-requisites. Backup recovery is also supported. This plugin
supports MEB with local and remote installations of Linux and Mac
OS X, and locally for MySQL Windows.
MySQL Audit Log Inspector: A GUI for browsing
the contents of generated logs by the commercial Audit Log Plugin.
Powerful filtering and search capabilities are available. Fast
browsing is provided by caching the log data locally in an
encrypted file. This plugin supports MEB with local and remote
installations of Linux and Mac OS X, and locally for MySQL
SQL Anywhere and SQLite are now supported.