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MySQL Workbench Manual  /  Database Design and Modeling  /  Forward and Reverse Engineering

9.4 Forward and Reverse Engineering

MySQL Workbench provides capabilities to forward engineering physical database designs. A visual data model can be transformed into a physical database on a target MySQL Server by executing the forward engineering wizard. All SQL code is automatically generated to help eliminate the normal error-prone process of manually writing complex SQL code. MySQL Workbench also enables you to reverse engineer an existing database or packaged application to get better insight into its database design. In addition to forward and reverse engineering existing databases, it can also import SQL scripts to build models, and export models to DDL scripts to execute at a later time.