How to Whitelist Your IP in cPanel for Remote MySQL Access

This tutorial will show you how to whitelist your IP to allow remote MySQL connections for Shared, Reseller, VPS/cPanel and Linux Dedicated Servers.

Allowing remote MySQL connections is often done to enable a program on your personal computer (such as Adobe Dreamweaver) to access the database on the server.

By default, all IPs are blocked and must be added to an access list.  To find our what your own IP address is, go to hostgator.com/ip.shtml (your IP address will be listed in red).

  1. Login to your cPanel (if not already logged in).
  2. Scroll down to the Databases section.
  3. Click on the Remote MySQL icon.
  4. Enter the IP address of the computer that will be making the remote connection.
  5. Click the Add Host button.

How can I find out my computers IP address?

Simple, just go to hostgator.com/ip.shtml

Wait a minute, my IP constantly changes.

Okay, you have a dynamic IP address. Therefore, every time you go online, or every once in awhile, your IP changes. You have a few options here. The most secure, would be to update your IP in Remote MySQL every time your IP changes. However, you do have other options available. You could simply enter % (a percentage sign) in the Add Access Hosts text field. This will allow any IP to remotely connect to your databases. Another option: Lets say the first two parts of your IP never change. Then, you could enter 93.138.%.% , where the first two parts are your actual IP address numbers.

Note: If you're connecting from a dynamic IP address, you can use the "%" wildcard value instead of an IP address.  However, since this will grant access from anywhere, it is generally considered a security risk and therefore not recommended.

I enabled remote access, now what?

You will need a third party application to access MySQL remotely. Some are free and some cost money. For a list of applications, you may want to visit our page on:


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