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Posted Apr 29, 2004

Quest Software announces Toad for MySQL preview release

By Linda Cole

Quest is happy to announce its next iteration of Toad. Toad, which has primarily supported Oracle Databases in the past, now embraces MySQL with a new tool, Toad® for MySQL preview release. Quest Software announced this release of a free version of its database development tool at the MySQL Users Conference & Expo in Mid April. The Quest Toad® for MySQL preview release improves the productivity of developers and administrators by providing an easy-to-use development environment. Accompanying this release was the announcement of two portal communities, Quest Pipelines and Toad for MySQL.

The Toad for MySQL preview release, a natural offshoot of Quest's previous success with Toad for Oracle, enables MySQL developers and administrators to create and execute queries, automate database object management, and develop SQL code via a GUI interface. In addition, it provides utilities to compare, extract and search for objects, manage projects, import/export data, and view MySQL database statistics.

Key Features include:

  • SQL Editor
  • Data Grids
  • Schema Browser
  • Extract, Compare and Search Database
  • Import/Export
  • Project Manager

Bryan Huddleston, Product Marketing Manager for Development Solutions informed Database Journal that Quest is trying to take TOAD from a product for Oracle development to a brand for database development--the first iteration for that is TOAD for MySQL. The plan is to move apace with MySQL, allowing Toad to mature along with MySQL. Following along those lines, Quest intends to build a community to help them prioritize features and enhancements, anticipating that users will make Toad the tool they use to interact with the MySQL Database.

Two communities are available. Quest Pipelines, boasting over 12, 000 members is available to those pursuing database development and administration information or guidance from experts on Oracle, DB2, SQL Server or MySQL databases. The Toad for MySQL product community is where users of Toad for MySQL can interact with Quest Software product developers, giving feedback and requesting enhancements and features.

The free Toad for MySQL preview release is available for download at the Quest website.

System Requirements


  • Pentium PC or higher
  • Windows 2000/NT/XP
  • 128 MB RAM
  • MySQL Client Library
  • VGA monitor


  • Database Supported: MySQL 4.0, MySQL 4.1 Beta
  • Partial support for MySQL 5.0 Alpha

About Quest Software, Inc.

Quest Software, Inc., a leader in application management, provides software for Application Confidence to 18,000 customers worldwide, including 75 percent of the Fortune 500. Quest products for application performance management, database management and Microsoft infrastructure management help customers develop, deploy, manage and maintain enterprise applications without expensive downtime or business interruption. Headquartered in Irvine, Calif., Quest Software can be found in offices around the globe and at www.quest.com.

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