First look at Navicat 9 for MySQL, Mac OS X version

Mac OS X native look and feel is here

I take a first look at Navicat version 9 for MySQL on Mac OS X. It finally looks like a native Mac OS X app.

Main window with connections on the left, and tables on the right

Main window with connections on the left, and tables on the right

Query editor

Query editor

Table records

Table records

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Navicat for MySql is a tool I use on a daily basis, and is in my opinion the best MySQL gui out there. Before I switched to Mac I used SQLyog (great piece of software as well) which is Windows only, so I had to find something similar for Mac OS X. And there are two things I absolutely need from my MySQL app:

  • Database structure synchronisation (between multiple servers)
  • Database transfer (copy) from one server to another

And so far the only app I found for Mac OS X that does these two things is Navicat. And it does them really well.

I've been using Navicat since version 7 and this new version 9 I just upgraded to is the first one that looks and feels like modern native Mac OS X app. There are a lot of standard Mac OS X GUI elements all over the place, better icons, some nice usage of core animations.

There are also a couple of other new features (like greatly improved code completion, code folding, SQL beautifier…) but I'm a sucker for nice GUI, so that alone is worth of upgrade for me.

If Navicat Premium wasn't that expensive I would have upgraded to that, it would be nice to have SQLite support in Navicat, but than again I don't really need Oracle and PostgreSQL support.

 

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