Launching MySQL Workbench on Windows

To start MySQL Workbench on Windows select Start, Programs, MySQL and then select MySQL Workbench.

You may also start MySQL Workbench from the command line. To view the available command-line options, issue the command MySQLWorkbench -help | more from the MySQL Workbench installation directory. You will see the following output:

MySQL Workbench 5.1.12 OSS. (C) 2006-2009 by Sun Microsystems.
All rights reserved.
Usage: MySQLWorkbench [options] [model file]
  -help (-h) ...... Print this output
  -open filename .. Open the given filename at startup
  -nologo ......... Do not display the splash screen
  -verbose (-v) ... Print verbose output in the GRT Shell
  -version ........ Print the version information
  -grtversion ..... Print the GRT version information
  -swrendering .... Force the canvas to use software rendering instead of OpenGL
  -log ............ Instruction to save messages (other debug info) to file

The MySQL Workbench version number is displayed followed by a usage message and then the options. Use the -swrendering option if your video card does not support OpenGL 1.5. The -version option can be used to display the MySQL Workbench version number. The -grtversion can be used to display the GRT shell version number. The other options are self-explanatory.


When using command-line options that display output to a console window, namely -help and -version, be sure that you pipe the output through the more command otherwise nothing will be displayed.

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