MySQL Workbench + Laravel Homestead (Vagrant)

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I’ve been using Laravel Homestead, a pre-packaged Vagrant “box”, to setup the best Laravel local development environment.

Sometimes i need a visual tool (e.g. MySQL Workbench) for creating, executing, and optimizing SQL queries. So in this post i will demonstrate how you can connect to the installed MySQL databases with MySQL Workbench.

What is your SSH Hostname?

The SSH Hostname is the IP you set in your Homestead.yaml plus the port number. In this example i will consider

What is your MySQL Hostname?

1- Boot your Vagrant environment:

$ vagrant up

2- SSH into the machine:

$ vagrant ssh

3- And finally run the following command:

$ cat /etc/mysql/my.cnf | grep bind-address

Output: bind-address =

Note that in this case your MySQL Hostname will be

Using MySQL Workbench

At this time you already know all you need to create a new MySQL connection. But you can also duplicate the example below:

Connection Method

Standard TCP/IP over SSH

Connection parameters

SSH Hostname:
SSH Username: vagrant
SSH Password: vagrant

MySQL Hostname:
MySQL Server Port: 3306
Username: homestead
Password: secret