20.2 The INFORMATION_SCHEMA COLLATIONS Table

The COLLATIONS table provides information about collations for each character set.

INFORMATION_SCHEMA NameSHOW NameRemarks
COLLATION_NAMECollation 
CHARACTER_SET_NAMECharsetMySQL extension
IDIdMySQL extension
IS_DEFAULTDefaultMySQL extension
IS_COMPILEDCompiledMySQL extension
SORTLENSortlenMySQL extension

Collation information is also available from the SHOW COLLATION statement. The following statements are equivalent:

SELECT COLLATION_NAME FROM INFORMATION_SCHEMA.COLLATIONS
  [WHERE COLLATION_NAME LIKE 'wild']

SHOW COLLATION
  [LIKE 'wild']