I am looking for a tool which will connect to a MySQL database and, given a table name, will allow me to analyze the data in the table.

I would like to be able to (the most important features first):

  • count how many non-empty values are in every column
  • apply filters (eg. I would like to analyze only rows where creation_date>='2014-01-01')
  • analyze relations between data in columns (eg. what is the average age of users in every country)
  • draw a histogram of the values in a given column
  • perhaps analyze the data in a pivot table

The tool should be able to analyze tables that contain at least a few hundred thousand rows with many columns.

It does not matter to me if it's a web-based tool or a desktop application (Windows).

I am a developer and I know SQL, but people who will be using the tool can only write basic SELECT queries. So the tool should be fairly simple to use.

I already found one tool that seems to meet my requirements. It's dbForge studio (http://www.devart.com/dbforge/mysql/studio/data-reports.html). I tried the evaluation version and it seems to me that it can analyze only 1000 rows at a time (which is of course not enough).

Do you know such a tool?

  • If for desktop, which OS?
    – unor
    Dec 31, 2014 at 18:17
  • @unor MS Windows.
    – JustAC0der
    Dec 31, 2014 at 18:24

3 Answers 3


I found some programs that at least partially answer my needs. Sorry that I did not provide links for all of them, but my reputation allows me to post at most 2 links.

SOFA Statistics

Quote from the official documentation:

SOFA can be used to:

  • make charts e.g. Pie Charts
  • produce attractive report tables on your data e.g. gender vs age
  • run basic statistical tests e.g. one-way ANOVAs
  • and generally increase your understanding of your data.

SOFA is great for initial research and exploratory analysis - or as someone put it rather nicely, “statistical/mathematical doodling”. It doesn't have every statistical test you could possibly need, but for many purposes it has more than enough


A tool that can display charts and tables based on database queries.


A very powerful tool that can can import data from MySQL (and many other databases as well) and analyze it in various ways; it goes far beyond my needs.

Other tools

I found more tools at http://alternativeto.net/software/sofa-statistics/ .


The tool that you are probably looking for is the ipython library pandas you can query your database from within iPython using pandas and do a lot of analysis and charting with it.

  • Both iPython and Pandas are free, (both Libre and FOSS).
  • Pandas can handle very large data sets
  • You can wrap your functionality, results and instructions into an iPython notebook to make it simple to use for your users. An example is here and here.
  • The combination, sometimes with other libraries, can work with various databases so you are not limited to MySQL - if you move to another DB there is minimal work to do.
  • Thank you for your answer, but I am looking rather for a ready-made app than a library. An app that I could just install and give to users without coding anything by myself. Something like tables in MS Excel (they allow filtering, sorting, summing, counting, computing max, min, average etc. - see: support.office.com/en-gb/article/…) or pivot-tables in MS Excel. Maybe I could just export the data from MySQL to Excel, but it is limited to about 1 million rows, and becomes slow when working with a few hundred thousand rows.
    – JustAC0der
    Jan 1, 2015 at 17:03
  • @ArkadiuszRobiński you will be amazed how little code you would require to be able to meet your requirements. Jan 1, 2015 at 17:36

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