MySQL Cheatsheet

Daniel weibel
Created 1 Nov 2015
Last updated 15 May 2016


$ mysql -u weibel -p           # Log in as 'weibel' with password prompt
$ mysql -u weibel -pdaniel     # Log in as 'weibel' with password 'daniel'
$ mysql -u weibel -pdaniel db  # Log in and select database 'db'

Exit MySQL

mysql> exit

List users

mysql> select User,Host from mysql.user;

Create a new user

mysql> create user 'weibel'@'localhost' identified by 'password';

List databases that are accessible for current user

mysql> show databases;

Change to a specific database

mysql> use db_name;

Show all tables in the current database

mysql> show tables;

Select 10 rows

mysql> select * from tbl_name limit 10;

Delete all rows from a table

mysql> delete from tbl_name;

Show column data types

mysql> show columns from tbl_name;

Count number of columns in table

mysql> select count(*)
       from information_schema.columns
       where table_name='tbl_name';

Create a new database (login to MySQL as root)

mysql> create database new_db;

Create table in new DB with schema of a table in an existing DB

mysql> create table new_db.tbl_name like old_db.tbl_name;

Create a table by defining all the columns manually

mysql> create table connected_devices (
         ap_id                 int,
         device_mac            char,
         timestamp             timestamp,
         interface             varchar(255)

Grant full DB access to another user

mysql> grant all on new_db.* to 'username'@'host'

Load data from a CSV file into a table

$ mysql --local-infile -u weibel -p  # Start MySQL with 'local infile' enabled
mysql> load data local infile 'file.csv' into table tbl_name
       fields terminated by ',' enclosed by '"';