How to connect to the MySQL server remotely

December 30th, 2009

This article will help you connect to your MySql database remotely.

Configuration Settings:
Host = (use the server IP address) (For server IP, please check your New Account Information email)
Database name = (cpanelusername_databasename)
Database username = (cpanelusername_databaseuser)
Database password = (******)
MySQL Connection Port = 3306
TCP or UDP, either is fine.

Before you can connect to MySQL from another computer, you must enable your computer as an Access Host. It may sound confusing, but cPanel makes this very simple.

1. Login to cPanel and click the Remote MySQL icon, under Databases.
2. Type in the connecting IP address, and click the Add Host button.
3. All done, try connecting remotely.

How can I find out my computers IP address?
Simple, just go to http://whatismyipaddress.com/

But, What if my IP constantly changes?

Okay, you have a dynamic IP address. Therefore, every time you go online, or every once in awhile, your IP changes. You have a few options here. The most secure, would be to update your IP in Remote MySQL every time your IP changes. However, you do have other options available. You could simply enter % (a percentage sign) in the Add Access Hosts text field. This will allow any IP to remotely connect to your databases. Another option: Lets say the first two parts of your IP never change. Then, you could enter 93.138.%.% , where the first two parts are your actual IP address numbers.

Related Article:
1. What is my Database Name and Host Name?
2. How do i create a MySQL database?

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