March 17, 2020

Connect to public hosted Ubuntu server MySQL Docker Image from local MySQL Workbench

Hi folks,

Today I am going to explain the procedure to test the public cloud hosted MySQL docker in Ubuntu Server to your local MySQL WorkBench.

We configured a Ubuntu Server on public cloud and installed docker.
Ping the public IP address to make sure, it is reachable to your pc/laptop.

Configure System

Install MySQL Docker Image

# docker pull mysql/mysql-server:latest

Check the images

#docker images
You should be able to view the downloaded mysql server image

Start the MySQL Server

# docker run --name=mysql1 -p 33061:3306 -d mysql/mysql-server
-d : Run in daemon mode
-p host_port:container_port
--name: container name
The mapped public ubuntu server port is 33061, which is mapped to the mysql server port 3306.

Check the containers

# docker ps
You should be able to view your mysql docker containers with container id and ports information

Get the MySQL root user password

MySQL generates a one-time password for docker container and writes to the log.

  • To view the log, execute the following command

# docker logs mysql1

  • To get the generate one-time password, filter the log with keyworkd "GENERATED"

# docker logs mysql1 2>&1 | grep GENERATED

  • You should be able to get the line like below


  • Copy the one-time password. In the next step, we will use this to login.

Reset MySQL root user password

  • Connect to MySQL server

# docker exec -it mysql1 -uroot -p

  • Paste the generated root password
  • Change the password

mysql> ALTER USER 'root'@'localhost' IDENTIFIED BY 'yourpwd';
  • Though you have the root user credentials, you won't be able to connect.
Root cause: root user belongs to localhost, not for the public host usage
Solution: create another user with all privileges
mysql> CREATE USER 'username'@'%' IDENTIFIED BY 'youpwd';

  • Exit the mysql

mysql> exit;

  • Restart the docker

# docker restart mysql1

Connect from MySQL Workbench

  1. Open MySQL Workbench
  2. Click on add new connection icon
  3. Enter the "Connection name"
  4. Enter host name "public IP address" or "URL"
  5. Enter username as "dev" (Above created user)
  6. Click on Password "Store in vault" button and enter the "dev" user password
  7. Click on "Test Connection" button
  8. You should be able to view the "Successfully made the SQL Connection" pop-up

Hope this tutorial helps you to get connected with your public hosted mysql docker instance to your local mysql workbench.

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