MySQL drop view if exists

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How can I drop view only when this view exists in MySQL?
I want to check if the view exists because when it doesn't and I will drop it, then I will get error.

I know I can remove view without checking it's existence with this commnad:

DROP VIEW `users_view`;

But it won't protect me from getting error if this view already was removed earlier or never existed.

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DROP VIEW IF EXISTS `users_view`;

This SQL will check if the view exists and if it does, it will drop this view.

If we execute it when view doesn't exist, we will get only warrning.

I tested it on windows with HeidiSQL client. When I executed this mysql query I got Warrning: Note: Unknown VIEW: 'test.users_view'. I have all warnings enabled.

From MySQL documentation:

DROP VIEW IF EXISTS `view_name`;


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