SQLyog is a unique piece of software with a fairly straightforward function. One of the most popular database engines in the world is MySQL, and that is at least partially due to the fact that the engine is open-source and entirely free to use or modify.
- MySQL GUI
- Multiple Tools and Preloaded Queries
- Familiar User Interface
- Very Accessible
- Costly Subscription Model
SQLyog is essentially a companion tool for MySQL database management. The tool transforms the standard text-based controls of MySQL into a fully comprehensive graphical user interface. The idea is to make the underlying system much easier to use without the need to have extensive experience working with text-based database systems. You won't have any trouble managing your MySQL database with SQLyog. The software makes everything simple, and it does so with numerous predefined functions for standard necessities. You can also use the integrated graphic editor to produce complex tasks. The graphic editor also helps you learn by returning queries in the proper syntax for the SQL system. The size of the database being used by SQLyog isn't important since it can handle any sized database. The software can also use both HTTP and SSH tunnels to provide secure access from any remote location. It features an integrated import tool so you can easily transfer data from an external database as long as it happens to be compliant with ODBC protocols. Even if you are an experience user of the MySQL database system, SQLyog could still be useful. The default text-based interface of MySQL systems is a bit overwhelming for new users and even uncomfortable for advanced users. However, by employing the power of SQLyog, you won't have to worry about that hurdle. Even functions that are rarely used or little known can be accessed quickly and efficiently with SQLyog. Perhaps the only downside to the software is that it is sold via a strange subscription plan with various levels of functionality. Each plan is sold on a per-user basis, so it can become prohibitively expensive if you have a large staff that would need access to the system. The most recent version of the software saw the inclusion of several formatting options that can be applied automatically, and the editor now highlights varying syntax so it is easier to differentiate quickly. The interface could be compared to Excel in the sense that it acts like a spreadsheet for entering data. An Intelligent Code Completion feature will automatically fill in the gaps of any code that seems to be missing in order for optimal utility. The integrated Backup Tool features an unattended backup option that automatically creates a backup on a set interval. Every backup is compressed for easier storage and given a timestamp of the exact time it was created. Redundancies are greatly reduced thanks to the Redundant Index Finder, and the software fully supports the full Unicode set of characters.