MySQL 8.0 Reference Manual Including MySQL NDB Cluster 8.0

25.30 The INFORMATION_SCHEMA TABLES Table

The TABLES table provides information about tables in databases.

Columns in TABLES that represent table statistics hold cached values. The information_schema_stats_expiry system variable defines the period of time before cached table statistics expire. The default is 86400 seconds (24 hours). If there are no cached statistics or statistics have expired, statistics are retrieved from storage engines when querying table statistics columns. To update cached values at any time for a given table, use ANALYZE TABLE. To always retrieve the latest statistics directly from storage engines, set information_schema_stats_expiry to 0. For more information, see Section 8.2.3, “Optimizing INFORMATION_SCHEMA Queries”.

Note

If the innodb_read_only system variable is enabled, ANALYZE TABLE may fail because it cannot update statistics tables in the data dictionary, which use InnoDB. For ANALYZE TABLE operations that update the key distribution, failure may occur even if the operation updates the table itself (for example, if it is a MyISAM table). To obtain the updated distribution statistics, set information_schema_stats_expiry=0.

The TABLES table has these columns:

Notes

Table information is also available from the SHOW TABLE STATUS and SHOW TABLES statements. See Section 13.7.6.36, “SHOW TABLE STATUS Syntax”, and Section 13.7.6.37, “SHOW TABLES Syntax”. The following statements are equivalent:

SELECT
    TABLE_NAME, ENGINE, VERSION, ROW_FORMAT, TABLE_ROWS, AVG_ROW_LENGTH,
    DATA_LENGTH, MAX_DATA_LENGTH, INDEX_LENGTH, DATA_FREE, AUTO_INCREMENT,
    CREATE_TIME, UPDATE_TIME, CHECK_TIME, TABLE_COLLATION, CHECKSUM,
    CREATE_OPTIONS, TABLE_COMMENT
  FROM INFORMATION_SCHEMA.TABLES
  WHERE table_schema = 'db_name'
  [AND table_name LIKE 'wild']

SHOW TABLE STATUS
  FROM db_name
  [LIKE 'wild']

The following statements are equivalent:

SELECT
  TABLE_NAME, TABLE_TYPE
  FROM INFORMATION_SCHEMA.TABLES
  WHERE table_schema = 'db_name'
  [AND table_name LIKE 'wild']

SHOW FULL TABLES
  FROM db_name
  [LIKE 'wild']