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MySQL - Drop table if exists

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In this article, we would like to show you how to DROP TABLE IF EXISTS in MySQL.

Quick solution:

DROP TABLE IF EXISTS `table_name`;

Practical example

To show how the DROP TABLE IF EXISTS statement works, we will use the following table:

MySQL - example data used with DROP TABLE statement
MySQL - example data used with DROP TABLE statement

Note:

At the end of this article you can find database preparation SQL queries.

Example 

In this example, we will delete the users table.

Query:

DROP TABLE IF EXISTS `users`;

Output:

MySQL - DROP TABLE IF EXISTS result in HeidiSQL (before)
MySQL - DROP TABLE IF EXISTS result in HeidiSQL (before)
MySQL - DROP TABLE IF EXISTS result in HeidiSQL (after)
MySQL - DROP TABLE IF EXISTS result in HeidiSQL (after)

 

Database preparation

create_tables.sql file:

CREATE TABLE `users` (
	`id` INT(10) UNSIGNED NOT NULL AUTO_INCREMENT,
	`name` VARCHAR(50) NOT NULL,
	`surname` VARCHAR(50) NOT NULL,
	`department_id` INT(10) UNSIGNED,
    `salary` DECIMAL(15,2) NOT NULL,
	PRIMARY KEY (`id`)
);

insert_data.sql file:

INSERT INTO `users`
	( `name`, `surname`, `department_id`, `salary`)
VALUES
	('John', 'Stewart', 1, '3512.00'),
	('Chris', 'Brown', 2, '1344.00'),
	('Kate', 'Lewis', 3, '6574.00'),
	('Ailisa', 'Gomez', NULL, '6500.00'),
	('Gwendolyn', 'James', 2, '4200.00'),
	('Simon', 'Collins', 4, '3320.00'),
	('Taylor', 'Martin', 2, '1500.00'),
	('Andrew', 'Thompson', NULL, '2100.00');

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MySQL - Drop table if exists
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