3 Tips For Working With a MySQL Database!

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Pre-Flight Check

  • These instructions are intended for deleting a MySQL database on Linux via the command line.
  • I’ll be working from a Liquid Web Core Managed CentOS 7 server, and I’ll be logged in as root.


First, we’ll log in to the MySQL server from the command line with the following command:

mysql -u root -p


In this case, I’ve specified the user root with the -u flag and then used the -p flag so MySQL prompts for a password. Enter your current password to complete the login. If you need to change your root (or any other) password in the database, then follow this tutorial on changing a password for MySQL via the command line.


You should now be at a MySQL prompt that looks very similar to this:



Follow this tutorial if you have not yet created a database, or you want a list of databases.

Delete a Database in MySQL

It only takes one simple command to delete a database in MySQL, but BEWARE; dropping a database can not be undone! The command is as follows:

DROP DATABASE tutorial_database;


If a database with the name tutorial_database does not exist, then you’ll receive this error:

ERROR 1008 (HY000): Can't drop database 'tutorial_database'; database doesn't exist


To avoid seeing this error use the following command instead:

DROP DATABASE IF EXISTS tutorial_database;


The above command will only drop the database tutorial_database if a database of that name exists.


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View All MySQL Databases

To view a list of databases simply issue the following command:



Your result should be similar to this:

| Database |
| information_schema |
| mysql |
| test |
4 rows in set (0.00 sec)


Video by Andrew Casares

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