MySQL Metadata Queries – Find all tables in a Schema

Of course, there are other ways to determine what tables are present in a particular MySQL Database or Schema. You can also find this information if your database user account has permissions for the INFORMATION_SCHEMA database. Continue reading and follow along with an example query…

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As I explore and learn more about the INFORMATION_SCHEMA database, I wish to share my findings with others who may be interested.

INFORMATION_SCHEMA TABLES Table

All that is needed is a simple query against the INFORMATION_SCHEMA TABLES table. I have a ‘walking’ database where I store data pertaining to walking for exercise and if I want to know what tables are part of that schema, this query will retrieve that information:

SELECT TABLE_NAME
FROM TABLES
WHERE TABLE_SCHEMA = 'walking';

I hope you find it useful!


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