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MySQL Workbench 5.2.0 ALPHA

The MySQL Workbench team would like to announce the availability of the first Alpha release of MySQL Workbench 5.2.

The major new feature in MySQL Workbench 5.2 is the SQL IDE, which offers the ability to edit and execute queries on MySQL servers. The new SQL query editor, based on the Open Source Scintilla text editor component, offers full syntax highlighting and other advanced editing features. The SQL editor was also extended to perform live syntax checking, detecting and indicating any syntax errors in your SQL code even before executing them. The IDE also provides ability to browse and edit the contents of individual table rows.

Note, however, that as this is a development version, there are known and unknown issues that might prevent the smooth use of the application. Backup your models often and before opening them with this version as the file format has changed from Workbench 5.0 and 5.1. Production usage is discouraged.

Source code and binary packages of MySQL Workbench 5.2 OSS for Windows, Mac OS X Leopard and some Linux distributions are freely available for download at: 

If you prefer a more stable release of MySQL Workbench, you may still use Workbench 5.0, which is in GA status and available for Windows only at: 

BETA versions of MySQL Workbench 5.1 for Linux, Mac OS X and Windows are also available at: 

If you have general comments, questions or would like to discuss Workbench related topics, provide a forum for that.Bugs can be reported to

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– The Workbench Team

Author: Mike Lischke

Team Lead MySQL Workbench