14 Open-source Web-based SQL Database Managers

14 Open-source Web-based SQL Database Managers
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SQL stands for Structured Query Language, and it is a standardized language used to manage relational databases. It is used to create, modify, and query databases, and is commonly used in web development and data analysis. SQL allows users to manage large amounts of data, and to interact with that data in a structured and efficient way.

A web-based database SQL manager is a tool used to manage SQL databases. These tools allow users to interact with databases via an interface, typically a web-based one, rather than through a command-line interface or desktop application.

In this post, we present the best web-based SQL tools for managing remote SQL databases. While some of these tools are traditional SQL managers, others are designed for data scientists and engineers. We include the latter because they have the necessary features for database management.

1- SQLPad

The SQLPad is a web-based self-hosted SQL manager for several SQL database engine. You can deploy it in mins using Docker.  The app comes with a simple user-friendly interface, allows users to manage various databases at the same time, and manage database connections simultaneously.  

SQLPad is packed with an advanced logging engine using Pino, a fast real-time logging library. It also allows developers to add unlimited webhooks for seamless integrations with other solutions.

The app currently supports Postgres, MySQL, MariaDB,  SQL Server, ClickHouse, Crate, Vertica, Trino, Presto, Pinot, Drill, SAP HANA, Snowflake, BigQuery, SQLite, TiDB and many others via ODBC.

2- OmniDB

OmniDB (src. OmniDB)

The OmniDB project is a web tool for database management that supports PostgreSQL, Oracle, and MySQL. OmniDB provides 2 kinds of packages to fit every user needs: OmniDB Application web client, and OmniDB server that comes with an advanced user-management solution.

Server and clients can be installed on the same machine, on Linux, Windows, or macOS.

3- Adminer

Adminer is a feature-rich database management tool written in PHP that is ready to be deployed to the target server. It supports various databases, including MySQL, MariaDB, PostgreSQL, SQLite, MS SQL, Oracle, Elasticsearch, MongoDB, and others via plugins. Unlike phpMyAdmin, it consists of a single file.

4- DbGate

DbGate is a database manager that works across platforms. It's designed to be easy to use and efficient when working with multiple databases at the same time. It also has advanced features like schema comparison, visual query design, chart visualization, and batch export and import.

Supported databases

  • MySQL
  • PostgreSQL
  • SQL Server
  • Oracle (experimental)
  • MongoDB
  • Redis
  • SQLite
  • Amazon Redshift
  • CockroachDB
  • MariaDB

5- MyWebSQL

MyWebSQL is a web-based application for database administration that provides an intuitive interface with quick record addition, editing, and saving features, and tools to work with databases. The current version supports MySQL (versions 4, 5, and 8), SQLite, and PostgreSQL databases.

It features a WYSIWYG table editor, batch import/ export option, supports multiserver logins, and multilingual interface

6- Malewicz

Malewicz is a cross-platform database GUI tool that is designed for developers, SQL programmers, DBAs, and data analysts. It is a customizable and hackable SQL-manager with a user-friendly interface. It is also a web client for exploring DB schemas and analyzing performance.

Malewicz does not include an embedded SQL editor. You can, however, use your preferred code editor (such as Vim or VS Code) or integrated development environment (IDE) (such as DBeaver or DataGrips) to modify plain SQL files.

7- Pgweb

Pgweb is a web-based database explorer for PostgreSQL, written in Go. It runs on Mac, Linux, and Windows machines, and is distributed as a simple binary with zero dependencies. It is very easy to use and has just the right amount of features.

This cross-platform app can be installed on Windows, Linux, and Mac OS. It supports multiple database sessions, native SSH tunnels, and data export in CSV, JSON, and XML formats.

8- phpMyAdmin (MySQL and MariaDB)

phpMyAdmin is a free software tool that is written in PHP for administering MySQL over the Web. It supports a wide range of operations on MySQL and MariaDB. With phpMyAdmin, you can manage databases, tables, columns, relations, indexes, users, and permissions via the user interface. You also have the ability to directly execute any SQL statement.

9- phpLiteAdmin (SQLite)

phpLiteAdmin is a web-based administration tool for managing SQLite databases. It is written in PHP and supports both SQLite3 and SQLite2. This tool is simple to use and requires no installation. Just place the single source file, phpliteadmin.php, in a directory on your server and access it through a web browser.

The operations, features, interface, and user experience of phpLiteAdmin are similar to those of phpMyAdmin.

10- Franchise

Franchise is a web-based SQL notebook that does not require registration, installation, or sign up to run. It allows direct editing of CSV, JSON, and XLSX files and performing SQL operations and queries on imported data.

Franchise also enables direct connection to PostgreSQL, MySQL, MariaDB, and BigQuery. The notebook interface includes various views for editable tables, maps, charts, and record editing, generated automatically from SQL queries.

11- Hue

Hue is not an ordinary SQL client like others. It is an SQL assistant designed for data engineers and data warehouses. Hue features a built-in SQL editor with an autocomplete option. It also has a responsive interface that is easy to configure and use. Hue supports a wide range of databases and data storage options, including all popular SQL database engines, Apache SQL databases, Google Sheets, and more.

12- Metabase

Metabase is not a database manager for SQL, but instead is a comprehensive, advanced data solution for data analysts, data engineers, and data scientists.

It provides extensive functionality without requiring the user to deal with SQL code or even have knowledge of SQL to start with. It supports multiple SQL and NoSQL database engines, multiple dashboards, and includes an SQL manager as well.

13- Poli

Poli is a user-friendly business intelligence server designed for SQL enthusiasts. With Poli, you can perform robust data analysis using SQL and gain business insights more quickly.

It is a web application that works across platforms, built with Java, and supports PostgreSQL, Oracle, SQL Server, MySQL, and Elasticsearch. Poli includes a built-in SQL editor, schema viewer, and can be used by multiple users.

14- Falcon

Falcon is a free and open-source SQL editor with inline data visualization. It supports connecting to various databases, including RedShift, MySQL, PostgreSQL, IBM DB2, Impala, MS SQL, and SQLite.

Extra

  • PgHer: A web-based performance dashboard for PostgreSQL.

Final thought

The document lists several web-based SQL managers, including Adminer, DbGate, MyWebSQL, Malewicz, Pgweb, phpMyAdmin, phpLiteAdmin, Franchise, Hue, and Poli. These tools allow users to manage SQL databases through a web interface, rather than a desktop application.

If you know of any other free, open-source web-based SQL managers, please let us know.

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