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Allow all remote connections, MySQL

Posted by: admin November 1, 2017 Leave a comment


I had been using SQL Server and am now using MySQL for a project. With SQL Server, our developers can connect to the remote database on their local machines if they know the host, username, password. With MySQL, though, to give a developer access from their local machines, I have been having to log in to MySQL and execute:

GRANT ALL ON *.* to [email protected] IDENTIFIED BY 'password'; 
flush privileges;

Where address is the IP address of the developer’s machine. Of course, if they change networks, I have to execute it again. Is there a way to allow all remote connections like I have experienced with SQL Server, or is this a bad idea for some reason? We have username and password still.. I’m obviously a little confused.

Also: this is a development database and is only accessible from our internal network. I understand why it is a bad idea to give everyone access to a production database.


As pointed out by Ryan above, the command you need is

GRANT ALL ON *.* to [email protected]'%' IDENTIFIED BY 'password'; 

However, note that the documentation indicates that in order for this to work, another user account from localhost must be created for the same user; otherwise, the anonymous account created automatically by mysql_install_db takes precedence because it has a more specific host column.

In other words; in order for user user to be able to connect from any server; 2 accounts need to be created as follows:

GRANT ALL ON *.* to [email protected] IDENTIFIED BY 'password'; 
GRANT ALL ON *.* to [email protected]'%' IDENTIFIED BY 'password'; 

Read the full documentation here.

And here’s the relevant piece for reference:

After connecting to the server as root, you can add new accounts. The
following statements use GRANT to set up four new accounts:

mysql> CREATE USER 'monty'@'localhost' IDENTIFIED BY 'some_pass';
mysql> GRANT ALL PRIVILEGES ON *.* TO 'monty'@'localhost'
mysql> CREATE USER 'monty'@'%' IDENTIFIED BY 'some_pass';
mysql> GRANT ALL PRIVILEGES ON *.* TO 'monty'@'%'
mysql> CREATE USER 'admin'@'localhost';
mysql> GRANT RELOAD,PROCESS ON *.* TO 'admin'@'localhost';
mysql> CREATE USER 'dummy'@'localhost';

The accounts created by these statements have the following

Two of the accounts have a user name of monty and a password of
some_pass. Both accounts are superuser accounts with full privileges
to do anything. The ‘monty’@’localhost’ account can be used only when
connecting from the local host. The ‘monty’@’%’ account uses the ‘%’
wildcard for the host part, so it can be used to connect from any

It is necessary to have both accounts for monty to be able to connect
from anywhere as monty
. Without the localhost account, the
anonymous-user account for localhost that is created by
mysql_install_db would take precedence when monty connects from the
local host. As a result, monty would be treated as an anonymous user.
The reason for this is that the anonymous-user account has a more
specific Host column value than the ‘monty’@’%’ account and thus comes
earlier in the user table sort order. (user table sorting is discussed
in Section 6.2.4, “Access Control, Stage 1: Connection Verification”.)

That seems silly to me unless I am misunderstanding this.


You can disable all security by editing /etc/my.cnf:


GRANT ALL ON *.* to [email protected]'%' IDENTIFIED BY 'password'; 

Will allow a specific user to log on from anywhere.

It’s bad because it removes some security control, i.e. if an account is compromised.


Also you need to disable below line in configuration file:
bind-address =

mysql> CREATE USER 'monty'@'192.168.%.%' IDENTIFIED BY 'some_pass';
mysql> GRANT ALL PRIVILEGES ON *.* TO 'monty'@'192.168.%.%'


Install and setup mysql to connect from anywhere remotely

DOES NOT WORK WITH mysql_secure_installation! (https://dev.mysql.com/doc/refman/5.5/en/mysql-secure-installation.html)

On Ubuntu, Install mysql using:

sudo apt-get install mysql-server

Have just the below in /etc/mysql/my.cnf

#### Unix socket settings (making localhost work)
user            = mysql
pid-file        = /var/run/mysqld/mysqld.pid
socket          = /var/run/mysqld/mysqld.sock

#### TCP Socket settings (making all remote logins work)
port            = 3306
bind-address =

Login into DB from server using

mysql -u root -p

Create DB user using the below statement

grant all privileges on *.* to ‘username’@‘%’ identified by ‘password’;

Open firewall:

sudo ufw allow 3306

Restart mysql

sudo service mysql restart