Sequel Ace

MySQL/MariaDB database management for macOS

Connect to a Local MySQL Server

This document describes how to connect to a server running on the same computer as Sequel Ace.

Making sure your MySQL server is running

If you are not sure if the MySQL server is running, open Activity Viewer (from Applications » Utilities). Choose All Processes in the popup menu. Type mysqld into the search field. If you see a mysqld process, MySQL is running.

Connecting via a socket connection

Unfortunately, due to sandboxing nature, Sequel Ace is not allowed to connect to the sockets which are out of the sandbox. As a workaround, you can create a socket in ~/Library/Containers/com.sequel-ace.sequel-ace/Data and connect to it. This can be done by putting these lines to your MySQL configuration file (usually, my.cnf):


Connecting via a standard connection

Open Sequel Ace. Choose a Standard Connection. Enter for the host. The default username for a new MySQL installation is root, with a blank password. You can leave the port field blank unless your server uses a different port than 3306.

Note: MAMP uses port 8889 per default, and root as the password. See Connecting to MAMP or XAMPP

Note: Don’t try using localhost instead of MySQL treats the hostname localhost specially. For details, see MySQL manual.