How to remotely connect to MySQL database located on our shared server
Remote MySQL connection is disabled on our shared servers due to security reasons, but you can easily setup SSH tunnel between your computer and our server using SSH client with the MySQL port 3306 forwarding.
After completing it you will have port 3306 on your local machine listening and forwarding to your remote server's localhost on port 3306.
Thus you can connect to the remote server's MySQL database effectively as though it were running on your local box.
Below you can find the steps on configuring third-party SSH client - Putty, and MacOS and Linux built-in one - Terminal.
Follow the steps below to connect with Putty:
Run the application
In Sessions tab fill out your server hostname or IP-address and port 21098
Switch to the tab Tunnels in the 'SSH' section
Put 3306 as Source port and 127.0.0.1:3306 as Destination
Click on Add button
Return to Session tab and click on Save
Go ahead and run your session by clicking on Open button
Run your MySQL software on a local machine and use 127.0.0.1 as server host, port 3306 and your database user login details.
This is it!
Below are the steps to connect with Terminal:
1. Run the application and enter the following command:
ssh -f cPanel_username@server_hostname -p21098 -L 3306:localhost:3306 -N
Make sure to replace cPanel_username with your actual cPanel account user.
2. Hit Enter and specify your cPanel password (symbols won’t appear in the terminal when you type in the password - it is a terminal way of keeping your password secure)
3. Once done, all connections to localhost over the port 3306 will be forwarded to your hosting account.
This is it!
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