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I have a MySQL database set up on a server, I've created a user and granted all privileges to that user from any address but I can't connect remotely to the database via any software I use.

I've checked the port is correct and skip-networking is off and bind-address is not set to local only. What else should I check?

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Can you telnet to the server on port 3306? – growse Jun 26 '12 at 15:42
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If you have a user like root@'%', you should be able to connect. You should change this to root@'xx.xx.xx.%' instead of root@'%' as you do not want remote access that wide open.

You may need to check your firewall settings.

Try this

service iptables stop

then try connecting again

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Thanks, it was the iptables settings. – tamewhale Jun 26 '12 at 16:05
Don't just leave iptables stopped. Write an iptables rule for the mysql traffic.. – Tom O'Connor Jun 26 '12 at 16:49

Things to check:

  • Is MySQL running?
  • Did you run FLUSH PRIVILEGES; to ensure your grants updated?
  • Can the server access the outside world?
  • Does a local TCP connection work? mysql --host= --port=3306 -uroot -p
  • Is inbound port reachable via nmap or telnet?

Other than that, you will have to provide more information: The exact error you get when you try to access remotely from your MySQL client.

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Your bind-address in my.cnf will probably be This way it won't allow external access. Change this to your internet IP will solve this.

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