When comparing HeidiSQL vs DBeaver, the Slant community recommends HeidiSQL for most people. In the question“What are the best MySQL client applications for Windows?” HeidiSQL is ranked 2nd while DBeaver is ranked 6th. The most important reason people chose HeidiSQL is:
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Licensed under GNU GPL.
Pro Great UI and ease of use
HeidiSQL has a comprehensive and intuitive interface.
Pro Data synchronization
HeidiSQL can compare and synchronize your data and structure between local and remote databases.
Alongside the possibility of downloading the installer and sourcecode, a portable version of the software is available.
Pro SSH tunnel
HeidiSQL allows connecting to your MySQL database via SSH tunnel.
Pro Works fine with Wine under Linux
Pro Syntax completion
Pro Great user management
The user manager of HeidiSQL can easily set privileges on a per-database level or give access to only certain commands.
Pro Connect to servers via command line
You can use command line parameters to automate connections.
It it licensed under GPL v2.
Supported on Windows (2000/XP/2003/Vista/7/8/10), Linux, Mac OS and Solaris (x86)
Pro Formatted text view
It has the classic grid view and a well-organized text view that you can quick-select with CTRL-A.
Pro Works for many types of databases
MySQL, Oracle, PostgreSQL, IBM DB2, Microsoft SQL Server, Microsoft Access, Sybase, Java DB (Derby), Firebird (Interbase), Derby (JavaDB), SQLite, Mimer, HSQLDB, H2, IBM Informix, Teradata, SAP MAX DB, Cache, Ingres, Linter, Vertica, MongoDB, Cassandra, ODBC, Any JDBC compliant data source
Pro Follow foreign key to their primary key
If you have a table with a foreign key you can click on it to see the table row where this key references to.
Pro Easy to use, clean neat inteface
Con Can be buggy
HeidiSQL is known to have some bugs that results in crashes.
Con No session backup
You cannot recover your session after close or even worse crash.
Con Works under Linux only with Wine
It works quite well under Wine with Linux, but you must always take notice if the last version of HeidiSQL has been tested, for it may not run at all. There are some bugs in the Wine version that can be annoying and you have to kill the program and restart it. A native Linux version would be great.
Con Intellisense is not intelligent
No intellisense for columns unless table name is aliased.
Con No built-in debugger included
Con Cannnot view function
Con Trigger edition
Until version 3.5.8 you can not edit triggers, only view (since 3.5.6).