Knowledge Base
MilesWeb / MySQL

Learn About MySQL Hostname and Ways to Find It

Approx. read time : 3 min

MySQL hostname indicates the location of your MySQL database. For connecting to your database, you need to mention the MySQL hostname for your application to know where to connect.

In most situations, if your database and website are installed on the same server, your MySQL hostname will be localhost.

This indicates that your MySQL database runs on the same server as the application which you are working with similar to your WordPress site.

If you host your WordPress site at MilesWeb, your database hostname is localhost.

MySQL Hostname in Detail

The MySQL hostname specifies the location of your MySQL server and database. For connecting to the information in a MySQL database, you should know the hostname. Again, the hostname is generally localhost, which shows that the database is running on the same server on which your application is running (e.g. WordPress).

If you have a WordPress site, your MySQL hostname is mentioned in your site’s wp-config.php file.

If you connect to your WordPress site’s server via FTP and open your wp-config.php file, you find your MySQL hostname mentioned on the following line:

Mostly on WordPress application, the value will be defined as localhost.

How to Locate the MySQL Hostname?

Below are the ways to find your database’s hostname in common situations.

Steps to Find MySQL Hostname in cPanel

cPanel also uses localhost by default for its MySQL hostname.

But the hosting providers can specify a remote database server rather than localhost. You can’t check this inside cPanel (except your host has added their own tool).

In case the localhost doesn’t work for you, it is best to contact your host’s customer support team.

It is also possible to try the domain name related to your cPanel account or use intoDNS for searching the IP address related with the domain’s A record and using that IP address as your hostname.

Using phpMyAdmin too, you can find your MySQL hostname.

Steps to Find phpMyAdmin Hostname

Using phpMyAdmin, you can view and edit your database. You can also get the information on your MySQL hostname.

After opening phpMyAdmin, go to Server information from the Database server box.

For connecting remotely using the IP address/domain of your MySQL database, open the Variables menu from your phpMyAdmin homepage and search for “hostname” to get the actual domain or IP address of the database server:

The phpMyAdmin homepage can be accessed by clicking on the logo in the top-left corner.

Steps to Find MySQL Hostname When It’s Not Localhost

Generally in all situations, your MySQL will be localhost, specifically with WordPress. But, if you’re trying to connect remotely to a MySQL database, the hostname won’t be localhost.

Check below some tactics to find your hostname, if it isn’t localhost:

1. Ask Support

You can use the simplest tactic of contacting your hosting support team that manages the database that you want to connect to. You will get the MySQL hostname from them.

2. Use phpMyAdmin

If you are able to access phpMyAdmin, you can follow the method mentioned earlier about using phpMyAdmin to find your MySQL hostname by looking up the hostname variable.

3. Use the Domain Associated With the Database Server

In case you are well-known to the domain name related with your database server (e.g. the domain name associated with cPanel), you can check the domain name’s A record using intoDNS to find the IP address for your MySQL server.

Summary

Your hostname is basically the location of your MySQL database server. In several cases, especially when you have a WordPress site, you can use localhost as your hostname.

However, for connecting remotely to a database, it is important to find the IP address of your MySQL host to connect remotely.

Also Read

Learn to Use phpMyAdmin To Copy MySQL Database

Learn to import a MySQL Database in cPanel

Avatar
Pallavi is a Digital Marketing Executive at MilesWeb and has an experience of over 4 years in content development. She is interested in writing engaging content on business, technology, web hosting and other topics related to information technology.

Trusted By Thousands of Clients & Big Businesses

We highly appreciate the kind and stellar feedback we receive from our customers. Delivering the best is our goal! MilesWeb is rated Excellent 4.8 out of 5 based on reviews. Read more reviews.

Excellent
Based on reviews
2 hours ago
Perfect and Valuable Server + ...
I am using MilesWeb Servers, The main thing which I getting are continuous support over everything w...
Gunjan Makwana
4 hours ago
Milesweb is superb Hosting pro...
Milesweb is superb Hosting provider ever, their Support team is amazing!!!...
Abhishek Singh
15 hours ago
Great support in great timing...
We need urgent assistance on changes in a primary domain on our client's Cpanel accounts and reached...
Riyaju Deen
21 hours ago
Best Website Hosting platform ...
I was new on MilesWeb. And needed help on multiple areas from setting up to getting started with cre...
Harshada
1 days ago
Very quick and helpful assista...
Very quick and helpful assistance. Support person listened properly and provided a nice solution....
Narendra
1 days ago
the team is very supportive th...
the team is very supportive though at times effort needs to be made to make understand the problem s...
Suree Sharma
1 days ago
I am using miles web for 3plus...
I am using miles web for 3plus years, very quick and perfect support by the team, they helped me man...
Sri Raghav
2 days ago
The service is good...
The service is good. They are answering with patience and doing the needful as soon as possible....
MR
2 days ago
Perfect and Valuable Server + ...
I am using MilesWeb Servers, The main thing which I getting are continuous support over everything w...
Gunjan Makwana
3 days ago
Very quick and helpful assista...
Very quick and helpful assistance. Support person listened properly and provided a nice solution....
Narendra
4 days ago
positively helped me with find...
positively helped me with finding insecure content on my website causing SSL to not work properly on...
Thaviraj Junglee
4 days ago
Exceptional support, Truly Pra...
I had opted for the basic wordpress hosting plan as I intended to experiment with various plug-ins. ...
Aseem Chandna