Connect Google Cloud SQL from Local Machine using Unix Socket

You need to install Google Cloud SDK and check if you have gcloud command available in terminal. After installing gcloud you need to configure gcloud sdk by running gcloud init command.

I am assuming, you have configured your Google Cloud SQL instance for your project. If yes, then continue, otherwise you need to read “Google Cloud SQL Quickstarter Guide“.

Now Download cloud_sql_proxy.linux.amd64 package in your local machine with

"sudo wget"

this command.

Rename by mv cloud_sql_proxy.linux.amd64 cloud_sql_proxy
and give execution permission by chmod +x cloud_sql_proxy

Create application default credentials using “gcloud auth application-default login” command

Create a directory sudo mkdir -p /cloudsql for Google Cloud SQL proxy unix socket and make that directory writable sudo chmod 777 /cloudsql

start sql socket proxy by ./cloud_sql_proxy -dir=/cloudsql &

At last,
Now you can have working mysql DSN “mysql:unix_socket=/cloudsql/INSTANCE_CONNECTION_NAME” which you can use in your application and your application will work with Google Cloud SQL instance directly from local machine.

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Shaharia is a professional software engineer with more than 10 years of experience in the relevant fields. Digital ad certified, cloud platform architect, Big data enthusiasts, tech early adopters.

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