MySQL Workbench is visual tool for databases modelling, sql queries and database administration, we will learn today how to create a database, and export it to laravel migration.

First, You need to have MySQL Workbench already installed, if not, feel free to download it from official website:

once installed, create your first database schema by going to File -> new Model

we need to setup two sections: Database global settings, and creation of all required tables:

1- Setting up the database

when Mysql Workbench creates a new database, it comes with a default name "mydb", to change it, we need to double click on the tab that contains the db icon and name, a new window will appear containing database settings:

2- creating tables

to create a new table, click on Add table under tables tab:

that will show a windows containing all table settings:

once you create all your tables, now we need to export them to Laravel migrations, to do that, download MySQL Workbench Export Laravel 5 Migrations Plugin from GitHub

once downloaded, go to:  Scripting -> Install Plugin/Module

browse to downloaded folder, and chose file: and click OK, the module will be installed.

to export created database schema to Laravel migrations, go to: Tools -> Catalog -> Export Laravel 5 Migrations

a review window will appear showing migrations in edit mode:

once you reviewed your migrations, click on Save Migration(s) to Folder to export migrations to .php files.


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