Nick DeNardis

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Using TablePlus with Vagrant and MySQL

Moving from Sequel Pro (opens new window) to TablePlus (opens new window) I ran into an issue connecting to MySQL on a Vagrant machine.

There is a difference in how Sequel Pro and TablePlus SSH connection settings work.

# Sequel Pro connection settings

Sequel Pro connection settings

Sequel Pro connection settings using SSH

Using the SSH tunnel we are able to authenticate with the 'vagrant' user and ~/.vagrant.d/insecure_private_key.

# TablePlus connection settings

TablePlus connection settings screen

TablePlus connection using SSH

TablePlus uses a more specific connection to Vagrant. Using port 2222 and instead of using the generic key, it requires the private key that is in the specific vagrant box directory:

~/{dir to box}/.vagrant/machines/{box name}/virtualbox/private_key

  • Replace {dir to box} with the directory for the Vagrant machine
  • Replace {box name} with the name of the box

To make this easier, add the configuration to the ~/.ssh/config file by running the following command:

cd ~/{dir to box}
echo "" >> ~/.ssh/config
vagrant ssh-config >> ~/.ssh/config

It will look something like this:

Host box-name
  User vagrant
  Port 2222
  UserKnownHostsFile /dev/null
  StrictHostKeyChecking no
  PasswordAuthentication no
  IdentityFile /{dir to box}/.vagrant/machines/box-name/virtualbox/private_key
  IdentitiesOnly yes
  LogLevel FATAL
  ForwardAgent yes

This allows the config of TablePlus to use the "Use SSH key" and will look in the ~/.ssh/config file for it.