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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


Using Composer

  1. In your project directory issue:
php composer.phar 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:

php composer.phar require --dev mysql-workbench-schema-exporter/doctrine2-exporter

Stand alone

  1. Get the source code using Git or download from Github.
  2. Get composer.
  3. Install dependencies:
php composer.phar install
  1. You then can invoke the CLI script using bin/mysql-workbench-schema-export.

Configuring MySQL Workbench Schema Exporter

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

  • Setup options.
  • Model comment, either applied to table, column, or foreign key object.

Both methods accept different options, and generally divided as common options and exporter (formatter) specific options.

Common Setup Options

General options applied to all formatter.

  • filename

    The output filename format, use the following tag %schema%, %table%, %entity%, and %extension% to allow the filename to be replaced with contextual data.

    Default is %entity%.%extension%.

  • indentation

    The indentation size for generated code.

  • useTabs

    Use tabs for indentation instead of spaces. Setting this option will ignore the indentation-option.

  • eolDelimeter

    EOL type for generated code. Supported EOLs are win and unix.

  • addGeneratorInfoAsComment

    Add generator information to the generated code as a comment.

    Default is true.

  • skipPluralNameChecking

    Skip checking the plural name of model and leave as is, useful for non English table names.

    Default is false.

  • backupExistingFile

    If target already exists create a backup before replacing the content.

    Default is true.

  • enhanceManyToManyDetection

    If enabled, many to many relations between tables will be added to generated code.

    Default is true.

  • sortTablesAndViews

    If enabled, sorting of tables and views is performed prior to code generation for each table and view. For table, it sorted by table model name and for view sorted by view model name.

    Default is true.

  • exportOnlyTableCategorized

    If specified, only export the tables if its category matched.

  • logToConsole

    If enabled, output the log to console.

    Default is false.

  • logFile

    If specified, output the log to a file. If this option presence, option logToConsole will be ignored instead.

    Default is empty.

  • stripMultipleUnderscores

    If enabled, consider multiple underscores as single ones so for example, a table named user__group will still produce a UserGroup entity.

    Default is false.

  • asIsUserDatatypePrefix

    This option gives the ability to bypass user type convertion and forward user type to models, as is.

    For example, if defined to _, and a user type _BOOLEAN is defined in MySQL Workbench (resolving to TINYINT(1), for example, but no matter), then the model field will have BOOLEAN.

    It is usefull for non MySQL types like BOOLEAN or JSONB that certain ORMs can handle.

    Default is "" (disabled).

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).

Formatter Setup Options

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. To disable this behaviour, see the option below.

Command usage:

php 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).

  • --saveconfig

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:

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

Sample export parameters (JSON) for doctrine2-annotation:

    "export": "doctrine2-annotation",
    "zip": false,
    "dir": "temp",
    "params": {
        "backupExistingFile": true,
        "skipPluralNameChecking": false,
        "enhanceManyToManyDetection": true,
        "bundleNamespace": "",
        "entityNamespace": "",
        "repositoryNamespace": "",
        "useAnnotationPrefix": "ORM\\",
        "useAutomaticRepository": true,
        "indentation": 4,
        "filename": "%entity%.%extension%",
        "quoteIdentifier": false

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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