Getting Connected

When you open Sequel Pro, the first screen that you will see is the database connection window. If you don't have access to a MySQL server, perhaps you could try installing MySQL on your Mac.

Frequently Asked Questions

I am having trouble connecting to a database. It says: Can't connect to local MySQL server through socket '/tmp/mysql.sock' (2)

Try manually setting the socket. The socket depends on how you installed MySQL on your computer. See  Where are MySQL's Files? for the socket file location of common installations.

I'm having trouble connecting to a MySQL 4 or MySQL 5 database on localhost with a MAMP install.

See Connecting to MAMP or XAMPP.

My SSH connection gives the error: SSH port forwarding failed and MySQL said: Lost connection to MySQL server at 'reading initial communication packet', system error: 0

On the server, configure MySQL by editing /etc/my.cnf and comment or remove skip-networking from the [mysqld] section. Then, restart MySQL Server.

Tips for using the connection screen

General Notes