Allow MySQL remote connection

Permit BackupSheep to access and interact with your MySQL database.

This guide will show you how to configure MySQL to allow remote connections, which can be useful for managing your databases from a different machine or for connecting a web application to a MySQL database running on a different server.

1. Configure MySQL

MySQL's configuration file (my.cnf) is usually located in /etc/mysql/ on Linux systems. The location may vary depending on your operating system and installation.

Open the configuration file:

sudo nano /etc/mysql/my.cnf

Look for the bind-address directive under the [mysqld] section, and change its value to

bind-address =

This setting allows MySQL to listen for connections on all network interfaces.

2. Grant User Permissions

Next, you need to grant the necessary permissions to your MySQL user. Log into MySQL with your root account:

mysql -u root -p

Then, grant permissions. For example, to grant all permissions to user yourusername from any host, you can use the following command:

GRANT ALL PRIVILEGES ON database_name.* TO 'yourusername'@'%' IDENTIFIED BY 'password';

Don't forget to flush the privileges to ensure that the changes take effect:


3. Adjust Firewall Settings

If you have a firewall enabled, you will need to allow connections on the port that MySQL uses, which is 3306 by default. If you're using UFW to manage your firewall, you can do this with the following command:

sudo ufw allow 3306

4. Restart MySQL

Finally, restart MySQL to ensure that the changes take effect:

sudo systemctl restart mysql.service

That's it! Your MySQL server should now accept remote connections. Remember to replace database_name, yourusername, and password with your actual database name, MySQL username, and user password, respectively. Be sure to use strong, unique passwords to keep your database secure.

Please adjust the guide according to your specific configuration and security requirements.



In a production setting, it's a good idea to limit access as much as possible. Use the IP of the BackupSheep server you are using with your integration.