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Important MySQL Commands

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Important MySQL Commands

Here I am trying to give a full instant guide to Mysql commands that will help people for their easy usage.

To login (from unix shell) use -h only if needed.
# [mysql dir]/bin/mysql -h hostname -u username -ppassword
To login (from windows)
mysql dir/bin/mysql.exe -h hostname -u username -ppassword

Create a database.
mysql> create database [databasename];

List all databases on the server.
mysql> show databases;

Switch to a database.
mysql> use [db name];

To see all the tables in the db.
mysql> show tables;

To see table's field formats.
mysql> describe [table name];

To delete a db.
mysql> drop database [database name];

To delete a table.
mysql> drop table [table name];

Show all data from a table.
mysql> SELECT * FROM [table name];

To return columns and column information.
mysql> show columns from [table name];

Show particular rows with the given value.
mysql> SELECT * FROM [table name] WHERE [field name] = "value";

Show all records containing the name "Something" AND the phone number '0123456789'.
mysql> SELECT * FROM [table name] WHERE name = "Something" AND phone_number = '0123456789';

Show all records not containing the name "Something" AND the phone number '0123456789' order by the phone_number field.
mysql> SELECT * FROM [table name] WHERE name != "Something" AND phone_number = '0123456789' order by phone_number;

Show all records starting with the letters 'Something' AND the phone number '0123456789'.
mysql> SELECT * FROM [table name] WHERE name like "Something%" AND phone_number = '0123456789';

Show all records starting with letters 'Something' AND the phone number '0123456789' limit to records 1 through 5.
mysql> SELECT * FROM [table name] WHERE name like "Something%" AND phone_number = '0123456789' limit 1,5;

Use a regular expression to find records. Use "REGEXP BINARY" to force case-sensitivity. This finds any record beginning with a.
mysql> SELECT * FROM [table name] WHERE rec RLIKE "^a";

Show unique records.
mysql> SELECT DISTINCT [column name] FROM [table name];

Show selected records sorted in an ascending (asc) or descending (desc).
mysql> SELECT [col1],[col2] FROM [table name] ORDER BY [col2] DESC;

Return number of rows.
mysql> SELECT COUNT(*) FROM [table name];

Sum column.
mysql> SELECT SUM(*) FROM [table name];

Creating a new user. Login as root. Switch to the MySQL db. Make the user. Update privs.
# mysql -u root -p
mysql> use mysql;
mysql> INSERT INTO user (Host,User,Password) VALUES('%','username',PASSWORD('password'));
mysql> flush privileges;

Change a users password from unix shell.
# [mysql dir]/bin/mysqladmin -u username -h hostname -ppassword 'new-password'

Change a users password from MySQL prompt. Login as root. Set the password. Update privileges.
# mysql -u root -p
mysql> SET PASSWORD FOR 'user'@'hostname' = PASSWORD('password');
mysql> flush privileges;

Recover a MySQL root password. Stop the MySQL server process. Start again with no grant tables. Login to MySQL as root. Set new password. Exit MySQL and restart MySQL server.
# /etc/init.d/mysql stop
# mysqld_safe --skip-grant-tables
# mysql -u root
mysql> use mysql;
mysql> update user set password=PASSWORD("newpassword") where User='root';
mysql> flush privileges;
mysql> quit
# /etc/init.d/mysql stop
# /etc/init.d/mysql start

Set a root password if there is no root password.
# mysqladmin -u root password newpassword

Update a root password.
# mysqladmin -u root -p oldpassword newpassword

Allow the user "Someone" to connect to the server from localhost using the password "passwd". Login as root. Switch to the MySQL db. Give privs. Update privs.
# mysql -u root -p
mysql> use mysql;
mysql> grant usage on *.* to Someone@localhost identified by 'passwd';
mysql> flush privileges;

Give user privilages for a db. Login as root. Switch to the MySQL db. Grant privs. Update privs.
# mysql -u root -p
mysql> use mysql;
mysql>INSERT INTO user(Host,Db,User,Select_priv,Insert_priv,Update_priv,Delete_priv,Create_priv,Drop_priv)
 VALUES ('%','databasename','username','Y','Y','Y','Y','Y','N');
mysql> flush privileges;

or

mysql> grant all privileges on databasename.* to username@localhost;
mysql> flush privileges;

To update info already in a table.
mysql> UPDATE [table name] SET Select_priv = 'Y',Insert_priv = 'Y',Update_priv = 'Y' where [field name] = 'user';

Delete a row(s) from a table.
mysql> DELETE from [table name] where [field name] = 'fieldvalue';

Update database permissions/privilages.
mysql> flush privileges;

Delete a column.
mysql> alter table [table name] drop column [column name];

Add a new column to db.
mysql> alter table [table name] add column [new column name] varchar (20);

Change column name.
mysql> alter table [table name] change [old column name] [new column name] varchar (50);

Make a unique column so you get no dupes.
mysql> alter table [table name] add unique ([column name]);

Make a column bigger.
mysql> alter table [table name] modify [column name] VARCHAR(3);

Delete unique from table.
mysql> alter table [table name] drop index [colmn name];

Load a CSV file into a table.
mysql> LOAD DATA INFILE '/tmp/filename.csv' replace INTO TABLE [table name] FIELDS TERMINATED BY ',' LINES TERMINATED BY '\n' (field1,field2,field3);

Dump all databases for backup. Backup file is sql commands to recreate all db's.
# mysqldump -u username -ppassword --opt > /tmp/alldatabases.sql

Dump one database for backup.
# mysqldump -u username -ppassword --databases databasename > /tmp/databasename.sql

Dump a table from a database.
# mysqldump -u username -ppassword databasename tablename > /tmp/databasename.tablename.sql

Restore database (or database table) from backup.
# mysql -u username -ppassword databasename < /tmp/databasename.sql

Create Table Example 1.
mysql> CREATE TABLE [table name] (name VARCHAR(20));

Create Table Example 2.
mysql> create table [table name] (personid int(50) not null auto_increment primary key,firstname varchar(35),middlename varchar(50),lastnamevarchar(50) default 'somethiing');

reverse mortgage's picture

I could not resist

I could not resist commenting. Exceptionally well written!

Rohith Ravindran's picture

create user query might have

create user query might have been much hassle free for a newbie to create user.
the mysqldump you mentioned will not dump stored procs in database. add --routines switch also to mysqldump command.

Shobin Markose's picture

More Simple approach to

More Simple approach to create mysql users:

Login as root user.

mysql> create user username identified by 'pwd';

Psychic's picture

Hi, just read your post.

Hi, just read your post. Thought you might want to know that I found you through Google.

Shobin Markose's picture

Hi Rohit, Thank you for the

Hi Rohit,

Thank you for the comment. We have to add '--routines' command or use '-R'  with the mysqldump for backing up stored procedures and functions if the 'routines' mysqldump parameter is not set as TRUE (By default it is False).

zbeanzadmin's picture

Expecting more tips like this

Expecting more tips like this from you thank you