I am trying to connect from a Raspbian shell to a remote MySQL database (Windows).

I freshly installed mysql-client and mysql-server (version 5.5.55) and now try following command:

mysql -v -h hostname -uroot -pmypass db_name

I get no response at all. Program does not exit or print anything just keeps hanging.

Connecting to a local DB works fine with mysql -uroot -pmypass.

I am quite confused why the client does not print anything even with the verbose option being set on.


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    Check your my.cnf. make sure bind-address variable is comment and make sure 3306 port is open.
    – HamoonDBA
    Commented Jul 1, 2017 at 11:34
  • Commenting bind-address property helped, I started getting responses from the client. Thank you!
    – Andrej
    Commented Jul 1, 2017 at 12:26
  • OK I'm posting my comment to help another people.
    – HamoonDBA
    Commented Jul 1, 2017 at 12:44

2 Answers 2


Check your my.cnf settings. Make sure the bind-address variable is commented or its value is

Make sure port 3306 (MySQL Default Port) is open (Both on the server and on the client).


I had the same issue and most of the solutions given are:

  1. Change config file to allow port/address
  2. Allow program/port through firewall
  3. Check the IP/URL for the remote connection

But in my case, the database was hosted on a remote server and the router required port forwarding.

  1. Go to your router settings (Open browser and type in or similar)
  2. Enter credentials (mostly admin/admin or admin/password)
  3. Find "forwarding" or "port forwarding" in menu
  4. Create new entry (In my case I used postgres so 5432 port with TCP)

Hope it helps.

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