5.2 The MySQL Data Directory

Information managed by the MySQL server is stored under a directory known as the data directory. The following list briefly describes the items typically found in the data directory, with cross references for additional information:

Some items in the preceding list can be relocated elsewhere; for any given MySQL installation, check the server configuration to determine whether items have been moved. In addition, the location of the data directory itself can be discovered or configured using the datadir system variable.