MageHost - Manage the MySQL database

Gewijzigd op Tue, 20 Dec 2022 om 01:02 PM

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Login Details

The MySQL login details can be found in the file .my.cnf inside the home directory of the hosting account. You can view this file using SSH or SFTP. 

For applications in a non-clustered environment it is most optimal to use the hostname localhost to connect to MySQL. When you do this the connection will be made using a local unix socket. This only works for local applications on the same server. When you need a TCP connection, for example when you are using an SSH tunnel, you need to use as hostname for MySQL.


MageHost has PhpMyAdmin available on every server. You need to know the name of the server your shop is hosted on. If you lost it, go to https://___your_domain___/server and it will show. The URL of PhpMyAdmin is:

You can use the same login details Magento uses to access the database. The database user is the same as the SSH/SFTP user of the hosting account. If you try a wrong password too often, your IP will be blocked from access. If you need to be unblocked contact us.

Create Extra Database

You can create extra databases, as long as you start the name with the username and then an underscore, for example myuser_extradb.

You can do this using SSH:

mysql '' -e 'CREATE DATABASE myuser_extradb;'

Remove a Database

Warning: Potential data loss

You can do this using SSH:  

mysql '' -e 'DROP DATABASE myuser_dbname;'

Direct connection to 3306

A direct connection from your desktop or from another server to the MySQL database is only possible when you use an SSH tunnel. The tunnel is required to protect your passwords and transferred data.

Step 1: Create the SSH tunnel

I this example we are using port 3307 on the local machine to connect to host port 3306 on the MageHost server side.

ssh  -p2222  -L3307:

You need to leave the SSH connection open.

Step 2: Connect to MySQL

In another window on the computer where you started the SSH tunnel:

mysql  -h127.0.0.1  -P3307  -p  -u___USER___

You can also use an application to connect to port 3307 on host localhost, on the same computer where you started the SSH connection. 

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