View information about MySQL databases

To view information about MySQL databases and their tables, we first connect to the MySQL console, for example, as root:

mysql -u root

Or so, if you need to enter a password:

mysql -u root -p

Let’s see a list of existing databases:

SHOW DATABASES;

You can select a database like this:

USE dbname;

See which database is currently selected:

SELECT DATABASE();

To see which tables the selected database contains:

SHOW TABLES;

Example of viewing the contents of the specified table:

SELECT * FROM tablename LIMIT 25;

To view the structure of a particular table, execute the command:

DESCRIBE tablename;

Where Field is the name of the column, Type is the data type, Null – determines whether the column can contain NULL values, Key – whether the column is indexed, Default – determines the default value for the column.

To see information about the indexes of the table, you can do this:

SHOW INDEX FROM tablename;

View information about the table, the encoding, its type (ENGINES), etc. you can use:

SHOW CREATE TABLE tablename;

To see what types the server supports, you can do this:

SHOW ENGINES;
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