Connect to a database via SSH

Connecting from a shell account

  1. To log in to your MySQL database, you'll need your database credentials. View the Finding your database credentials article for instructions. You can also find these in the panel under MySQL Databases.
  2. You'll then need a terminal to run the following command. You can do this on a Mac or Linux computer using the native terminal, or you could just log into your DreamHost web server instead of via SSH. If you're on Windows, use PuTTY to connect to your DreamHost server, then run the following command.
  3. Make sure to use your actual credentials for the following variables:
    • hostname - Your mysql hostname URL. It will appear like
    • user - Your database username
    • password - Your database username's password
    • database - Your database name
    [server]$ mysql -h hostname -u user -p database
  4. You are then prompted for your password to log in.
  5. Once logged in, your command prompt will change to the following:

You cannot use "localhost" to connect to your database, as DreamHost's MySQL servers are separate from the regular website servers.

MariaDB mysql client used on a VPS

If you have a VPS, MariaDB is used as the mysql client when connecting. All MySQL commands continue to function the same, the only difference is the text that appears when you originally connect to the database server. For example:

[server]$ mysql -h hostname -u username -ppassword database
Reading table information for completion of table and column names
You can turn off this feature to get a quicker startup with -A

Welcome to the MariaDB monitor.  Commands end with ; or \g.
Your MySQL connection id is 38309156
Server version: 5.7.28-log Source distribution

Copyright (c) 2000, 2018, Oracle, MariaDB Corporation Ab and others.

Type 'help;' or '\h' for help. Type '\c' to clear the current input statement.

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