MySQL show tables - How do I list the tables in a MySQL database?

MySQL FAQ: How do I show/list the tables in a MySQL (or MariaDB) database (using the mysql command line client)?

To list/show the tables in a MySQL database:

  1. Log into your database using the MySQL client,
  2. Issue the use command to connect to your desired database, and then
  3. Use the MySQL show tables command, like this:
show tables;

MySQL ‘show tables’: A complete example

Here’s a slightly longer explanation. First, connect to your MySQL database using your MySQL client from your operating system command line:

$ mysql -u root -p

Next, after you're logged into your MySQL database, tell MySQL which database you want to use:

mysql> use pizza_store;

Now issue the MySQL show tables command to list the tables in the current database:

mysql> show tables;

For instance, if I issue this MySQL show tables command in one of my example MySQL databases, I'll see this output:

mysql> show tables;
| Tables_in_pizza_store |
| crust_sizes           | 
| crust_types           | 
| customers             | 
| orders                | 
| pizza_toppings        | 
| pizzas                | 
| toppings              | 
7 rows in set (0.00 sec)

That’s how you show the tables in the MySQL database using the MySQL command line client.

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