20.2. The INFORMATION_SCHEMA TABLES Table

The TABLES table provides information about tables in databases.

INFORMATION_SCHEMA NameSHOW NameRemarks
TABLE_CATALOG def
TABLE_SCHEMATable_... 
TABLE_NAMETable_... 
TABLE_TYPE  
ENGINEEngineMySQL extension
VERSIONVersionThe version number of the table's .frm file, MySQL extension
ROW_FORMATRow_formatMySQL extension
TABLE_ROWSRowsMySQL extension
AVG_ROW_LENGTHAvg_row_lengthMySQL extension
DATA_LENGTHData_lengthMySQL extension
MAX_DATA_LENGTHMax_data_lengthMySQL extension
INDEX_LENGTHIndex_lengthMySQL extension
DATA_FREEData_freeMySQL extension
AUTO_INCREMENTAuto_incrementMySQL extension
CREATE_TIMECreate_timeMySQL extension
UPDATE_TIMEUpdate_timeMySQL extension
CHECK_TIMECheck_timeMySQL extension
TABLE_COLLATIONCollationMySQL extension
CHECKSUMChecksumMySQL extension
CREATE_OPTIONSCreate_optionsMySQL extension
TABLE_COMMENTCommentMySQL extension

Notes:

  • TABLE_SCHEMA and TABLE_NAME are a single field in a SHOW display, for example Table_in_db1.

  • TABLE_TYPE should be BASE TABLE or VIEW. Currently, the TABLES table does not list TEMPORARY tables.

  • For partitioned tables, the ENGINE column shows the name of the storage engine used by all partitions. (Previously, this column showed PARTITION for such tables.)

  • The TABLE_ROWS column is NULL if the table is in the INFORMATION_SCHEMA database.

    For InnoDB tables, the row count is only a rough estimate used in SQL optimization. (This is also true if the InnoDB table is partitioned.)

  • The DATA_FREE column shows the free space in bytes for InnoDB tables.

  • We have nothing for the table's default character set. TABLE_COLLATION is close, because collation names begin with a character set name.

  • The CREATE_OPTIONS column shows partitioned if the table is partitioned.

The following statements are equivalent:

SELECT table_name FROM INFORMATION_SCHEMA.TABLES
  WHERE table_schema = 'db_name'
  [AND table_name LIKE 'wild']

SHOW TABLES
  FROM db_name
  [LIKE 'wild']
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