This might be more suitable for IDE, not for Vim, but still I would appreciate if there was a way that would allow me to connect to either local or remote MySQL/SQLite databases. Is there such a way to do this?

I think it could be placed in a split window or in its own tab. I would want to read, update, delete rows, import/export sql. Some advanced features like foreign keys could be, obviously, omitted.

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    I know this plugin from a colleague who worked with it. I know this plugin works but I don't personnaly have enough experience to give you some precises informations about it.
    – statox
    Jun 24, 2015 at 15:56
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    Basic vim will not work for what you want because it is built to edit text. What people normally do is to have a terminal/console open in parallel to execute those commands. But you might try neovim if you really need to have a terminal running inside vim...
    – Vitor
    Jun 25, 2015 at 11:05

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Even though I agree with @Vitor's comment saying that Vim is not meant to interact with a database, here is another solution:

Tim Pope recently released vim-dadbod that he calls "a more modern take on dbext.vim"

DB is a Vim plugin for interacting with databases.
It's a more modern take on dbext.vim, improving on it on the following ways:

    - Connections are specified with a single URL, rather than prompting you
      for 14 separate variables
    - All interaction is through invoking :DB, not 53 different commands and 35
      different maps (omitting many of the more esoteric features, of course)
    - Supports a modern array of backends, including NoSQL databases:
        - MongoDB
        - MySQL
        - PostgreSQL
        - Redis
        - Sqlite
        - Your own easily implemented adapter
    - Easily configurable based on a project directory (as seen in rails.vim, for example),
      rather than just globally or in a per-file modeline

From what I tested the postgresql integration works fine, given the usual quality of Pope's plugins there's a chance that it is a good solution.


I'm myself trying to work it out these days. I think dbext might help.

You can find many third-parties from vim-scripts on GitHub.


As others have mentioned, dbext is probably what you are looking for. I've been using it for a while now to run queries against a (an?) SQL Server database. I've only used it for simple querying of stuff, but I believe it can insert, update, delete, etc.

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