MySQL Workbench - Tables could not be fetched

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On one beautiful afternoon in Januari 2021, MySQL Worbench greeted me with these worrying messages, when I opened my oh so precious database:

Tables could not be fetched
Views could not be fetched
Stored procedures could not be fetched
Functions could not be fetched

Some sources suggested running mysql_upgrade, but that routine really doesn't seem to exist anymore.


The cause of the problem: A faulty view that referred to a column that no longer existed.


  • Copy the content of the view to a text editor
  • Delete the view
  • Restart MySQL Workbench
  • Recreate the view.

Just correcting the view didn't seem to be working: After waiting for a little while, I killed MySQL Workbench.