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MySQL connection
MySQL connection

MySQL connection

To access your data in MySQL, create a connection asset for it.

MySQL is an open-source relational database management system.

Supported versions

  • MySQL Enterprise Edition 5.0+
  • MySQL Community Edition 4.1, 5.0, 5.1, 5.5, 5.6, 5.7

Create a connection to MySQL

To create the connection asset, you need these connection details:

  • Database name
  • Hostname or IP Address
  • Port number
  • Character Encoding
  • Username and password
  • SSL certificate (if required by the database server)

For Private connectivity, to connect to a database that is not externalized to the internet (for example, behind a firewall), you must set up a secure connection.

Choose the method for creating a connection based on where you are in the platform

In a project Click Assets > New asset > Data access tools > Connection. See Adding a connection to a project.

In a catalog Click Add to catalog > Connection. See Adding a connection asset to a catalog.

In a deployment space Click Add to space > Connection. See Adding connections to a deployment space.

In the Platform assets catalog Click New connection. See Adding platform connections.

Next step: Add data assets from the connection

Where you can use this connection

You can use MySQL connections in the following workspaces and tools:


  • DataStage (DataStage service)
  • Metadata import (Watson Knowledge Catalog)
  • SPSS Modeler (Watson Studio)


  • Platform assets catalog
  • Other catalogs (Watson Knowledge Catalog)

Watson Query service You can connect to this data source from Watson Query.

Running SQL statements

To ensure that your SQL statements run correctly, refer to the MySQL documentation for the correct syntax.

MySQL setup

MySQL Installation

Learn more

MySQL documentation

Parent topic: Supported connections