MySQL Workbench GUI – Create Table

In this blog post, you will learn how to create a MySQL table using the various tools MySQL Workbench provides without typing any SQL code. Continue reading and learn how…

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No MySQL Code?

I don’t have anything against MySQL code. As a matter of fact, I actually like it. This blog and a lot of my content are centered around SQL.

That being said, you can most definitely create a MySQL table by using the MySQL Workbench GUI and built-in visual components. Let’s see how…

How To Create A Table With MySQL Workbench

Step 1

First, right-click the Tables menu item in a specific SCHEMA or DATABASE and click on the Create Table… sub-menu item:

MySQL Workbench Create Table menu.

Step 2

The next dialogue screen provides a number of options, including:

  • Name the table
  • Choose the SCHEMA
  • Add columns with datatypes and other definitions
  • Set collation, virtual/generated columns (optional), indexes, foreign key constraints, etc…

Step 3

Once you have all the columns and metadata set, click the Apply button to proceed:

Step 4

Upon clicking the Apply button, the next dialogue displays the details of the CREATE TABLE DDL in addition to Algorithm and Lock Type options.

If you are satisfied with the CREATE TABLE statement, click the Apply button to execute the statement.

After clicking the Apply button, the CREATE TABLE script is executed and information is displayed in this follow-up dialogue.

Finally, following all of the above operations, I run the DESC target_table command in MySQL Workbench and we can see that the table has been created:


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