MySQL Workbench 5.1 Alpha for Linux in Less Than 30 Days

A lot of people have been waiting for this a long time – so I am very happy to announce that we will publish the first Alpha that runs natively on Linux end of September. We will release generic binaries and the 5.1 source tarball including everything that is needed to build yourself.

This will not be a feature-complete beta release yet, but we are trying to get the basic functionality working so everybody can start modeling right away. We spent most of the last few months working on updating the Back-End implementation to use the GRTv4 and to prepare our platform-independent mForms. I expect the actual Front-End port to make good progress.

Let me share two screenshots I just made on Ubuntu, our Linux distro of choice. The first one shows the MySQL Model page. The Sakila demo model has been loaded.

WB 5.1 Linux Preview 1 Small

The second screenshot shows the EER Diagram. This first Alpha will still use the software rendering option but we are looking forward to enable the OpenGL pretty soon.

WB 5.1 Linux Preview 2 Small

Keep monitoring the blog – we will publish new screenshots as we go.

8 thoughts on “MySQL Workbench 5.1 Alpha for Linux in Less Than 30 Days”

  1. May I be the first to say what good news this is! The interface looks attractive and usuable and will likely make Workbench a boon to any developer especially now it’s going platform-independent.
    I eagerly await the release!


    P.S. I didn’t know you were using OpenGL for the visualization, I wouldn’t have thought of that seeing as its 2D. Good stuff.

  2. very good news,

    i’m working on lamp, have been trying to find a good mysql designing tool in several years but not succesfully. So i’m usually switch back to Windows to use workbench.

    now i hope i dont have to do that
    thank you a lot for this linux release,

  3. Great work! However I’m concerned about version 5.0. Will you be launching version 5.0.25 as well? Will this version support UTF-8 scripts?


  4. Alex, WB 5.0 is currently in maintenance mode. That means we do not touch it except for fixing bugs that have been reported.

    All the new work on the ports is going to be in WB 5.1. We have improved the core of the application a lot and made several other improvements.

    We are going to put out the first Alpha this week, so you can give it a try. But please remember, this is a first alpha that is hardly feature complete and should not be used for any actual work.

    We expect to put out frequent release from then on.

    And yes, WB is fully working with UTF-8 scripts. In fact, it expects UTF-8.

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