ApexSQL Search for MySQL 2020 – Screen shot tour

ApexSQL Search for MySQL is a free Visual Studio add-in for searching MySQL objects like tables, views, columns, etc. It’s handy for rapidly locating the MySQL object in Server Explorer pane. Search results can be filtered by deselecting some of the available object types, and then exported in one of the available formats (XML, CSV, HTML).


After the executable installer has been downloaded, run the ApexSQLSearchForMySQL.exe file and the Setup wizard will start. The welcome screen will appear. Click the Next button to continue:

MySQL search Setup wizard

On the next step, the Software Transaction Agreement can be found. Once reviewed and agreed with, tick the I accept the terms in the license agreement radio button and the Next button to proceed:

ApexSQL Search for MySQL EULA

In the next step, by default, all Visual Studio versions and editions that are found on the local machine are selected for the integration. Feel free to untick version/editions if required:

MySQL search host integration dialog

Just click the Install button, and then it’s pretty much straightforward till the installation is done.

All features are located under the Extensions | ApexSQL | ApexSQL Search for MySQL main menu in Visual Studio:

ApexSQL Search for MySQL main menu

MySQL search object

To find MySQL objects like tables, views, columns, etc. in a MySQL database, use the Object search feature:

MySQL object search pane

To initialize MySQL object search feature, in Server Explorer pane, select MySQL database and, then from the ApexSQL Search for MySQL main menu, choose the Object search command:

MySQL Object search command from ApexSQL Search for MySQL main menu

Another way to initialize Object search is through the right-click context menu in Server Explorer pane:

MySQL object search command from Server Explorer context menu

You could also use the Object search command from the ApexSQL Search for MySQL toolbar:

MySQL object search toolbar

In the Search text box, type the string that you want to be searched through a MySQL database. Set the search scope, the area that will be searched, by checking the Object names, Object bodies or Exact match checkboxes:

MySQL object search additional options

Find MySQL objects in Server Explore pane

To find the location of MySQL objects in Server Explorer pane from the results set under the Object search pane, right-click on an object from the results grid and, from the context menu, choose the Navigate to server explorer node command:

MySQL Navigate to server explorer node command

Copy or save MySQL results

All results can be copied to clipboard or saved to disk in one of the available formats.

Copy to clipboard as XML, CSV, HTML or Excel format:

Copy to clipboard as command

Save MySQL results locally as XML, CSV or HTML file:

Save MySQL results as command

Add-in version

To see the version number of the add-in, go to Resources | About window:

MySQL search About dialog


February 10, 2020