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MySQL - how to check existing table engine? (HeidiSQL example)

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In this article, we would like to show you how to check the existing table engine in MySQL.

Quick solution:

SHOW TABLE STATUS WHERE NAME = 'table_name';

Practical example

To show how to check the existing table engine, we will use the following table:

MySQL - example data used to check existing table engine
MySQL - example data used to check existing table engine

Note:

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

Example 1

In this example, we will use a query to check our users table engine.

Query:

SHOW TABLE STATUS WHERE NAME = 'users';

Result:

MySQL - check existing table engine - result
MySQL - check existing table engine - result

Example 2

In this example, we will show you how to check users table engine in HeidiSQL.

Step 1: Expand your database and right-click on the table. Then choose Maintenance.

MySQL - check existing table engine
MySQL - check existing table engine

Step 2: Choose Bulk table editor and you will see the table engine right below your database name. In our case, it's InnoDB engine.

MySQL - check existing table engine
MySQL - check existing table engine

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,
    `salary` DECIMAL(15,2) NOT NULL,
	PRIMARY KEY (`id`)
);

insert_data.sql file:

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

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