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What is MySQL Workbench Schema Exporter?

MySQL Workbench Schema Exporter is a library to transform the MySQL Workbench model (*.mwb) to useful another schemas.

It is inspired by mysql-workbench-doctrine-plugin.

Currently, MySQL Workbench Schema Exporter can export the model to various schemas using a formatter plugin:

The actual conversion to another schema is done using an exporter. These plugins are available in subprojects:


  • PHP 7.2+
  • Composer to install the dependencies


  1. In your project directory issue:
composer require --dev mysql-workbench-schema-exporter/mysql-workbench-schema-exporter
  1. You then can invoke the CLI script using vendor/bin/mysql-workbench-schema-export.

  2. You can directly require an exporter for your project:

composer require --dev mysql-workbench-schema-exporter/doctrine2-exporter

Command Line Interface (CLI)

The mysql-workbench-schema-export command helps export a workbench schema model directly from command line. It has feature to customize export configuration before exporting. By default, it will use config file export.json located in the current directory to supply the parameter if it find it.

Command usage:

vendor/bin/mysql-workbench-schema-export [options] FILE [DEST]


  • FILE

    The MySQL Workbench model file to export.

  • DEST

    The destination directory (optional), if not specified current directory assumed.


  • --export=type

Choose the result of the export, supported type can be obtained using --list-exporter. If this option is omitted and no config file found, the CLI will prompt to choose which exporter to use.

  • --config=file

Read export parameters from file (in JSON format).

  • --save-config

Save export parameters to file export.json, later can be used as value for --config=file.

  • --list-exporter

Show all available exporter.

  • --no-auto-config

Disable automatic config file lookup.

  • --zip

Compress the result.

  • --help

Show the usage (or suppress any parameters).

Sample usage:

vendor/bin/mysql-workbench-schema-export --export=doctrine1-yaml example/data/test.mwb ./generated
vendor/bin/mysql-workbench-schema-export --zip example/data/test.mwb

Configuring MySQL Workbench Schema Exporter

MySQL Workbench Schema Exporter can be configured at runtime using methods:

  • Configuration files.
  • Model comment, either applied to table, column, or foreign key object.

Refers to exporter project to show detailed information.

Common Model Comment Behavior

  • {MwbExporter:external}true{/MwbExporter:external} (applied to Table, View)

    Mark table/view as external to skip table/view code generation. For Doctrine use {d:external}true{/d:external} instead.

  • {MwbExporter:category}mycategory{/MwbExporter:category} (applied to Table)

    Table category used to groups the table for sorting. This way, generated table output can be sorted as you need such as in Propel YAML schema (obviously useful for exporter which results in single file output).

Using MySQL Workbench Schema Exporter as Library

If you want to use MySQL Workbench Schema Exporter as a library for other project. See the included usage in the example folder.

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