14.8.3 Identifying the File Format in Use

If you enable a different file format using the innodb_file_format configuration option, the change only applies to newly created tables. Also, when you create a new table, the tablespace containing the table is tagged with the earliest or simplest file format that is required to support the table's features. For example, if you enable the Barracuda file format, and create a new table that does not use the Dynamic or Compressed row format, the new tablespace that contains the table is tagged as using the Antelope file format .

It is easy to identify the file format used by a given table. The table uses the Antelope file format if the row format reported by SHOW TABLE STATUS is either Compact or Redundant. The table uses the Barracuda file format if the row format reported by SHOW TABLE STATUS is either Compressed or Dynamic.

mysql> SHOW TABLE STATUS\G
*************************** 1. row ***************************
           Name: t1
         Engine: InnoDB
        Version: 10
     Row_format: Compact
           Rows: 0
 Avg_row_length: 0
    Data_length: 16384
Max_data_length: 0
   Index_length: 16384
      Data_free: 0
 Auto_increment: 1
    Create_time: 2014-11-03 13:32:10
    Update_time: NULL
     Check_time: NULL
      Collation: latin1_swedish_ci
       Checksum: NULL
 Create_options: 
        Comment: 
1 row in set (0.00 sec)

You can also identify the file format used by a given table or tablespace using InnoDB INFORMATION_SCHEMA tables. For example:

mysql> SELECT * FROM INFORMATION_SCHEMA.INNODB_SYS_TABLES WHERE NAME='test/t1'\G 
*************************** 1. row ***************************
     TABLE_ID: 44
         NAME: test/t1
         FLAG: 1
       N_COLS: 6
        SPACE: 30
  FILE_FORMAT: Antelope
   ROW_FORMAT: Compact
ZIP_PAGE_SIZE: 0
1 row in set (0.00 sec)
    
mysql> SELECT * FROM INFORMATION_SCHEMA.INNODB_SYS_TABLESPACES WHERE NAME='test/t1'\G
*************************** 1. row ***************************
        SPACE: 30
         NAME: test/t1
         FLAG: 0
  FILE_FORMAT: Antelope
   ROW_FORMAT: Compact or Redundant
    PAGE_SIZE: 16384
ZIP_PAGE_SIZE: 0
1 row in set (0.00 sec)