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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Disclaimer: The majority of examples in this post, are performed in a personal development/learning workstation environment and should not be considered production quality or ready. Your particular goals and needs may vary. Like always, just because you can do something doesn’t mean you should. My opinions are my own.

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