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Create a MySQL Database, Tables and Insert Data

How do I create a MySQL database, tables, and insert (store) data into newly created tables?

MySQL is a free and open source database management system. You need to use sql commands to create database. You also need to login as mysql root user account. To create a database and set up tables for the same use the following sql commands:
Tutorial details
DifficultyEasy (rss)
Root privilegesNo
Estimated completion time10m
  1. CREATE DATABASE - create the database. To use this statement, you need the CREATE privilege for the database.
  2. CREATE TABLE - create the table. You must have the CREATE privilege for the table.
  3. INSERT - To add/insert data to table i.e. inserts new rows into an existing table.

Procedure for creating a database and a sample table

Login as the mysql root user to create database:
$ mysql -u root -p
Sample outputs:


Add a database called books, enter:
mysql> CREATE DATABASE books;

Now, database is created. Use a database with use command, type:
mysql> USE books;

Next, create a table called authors with name, email and id as fields:
mysql> CREATE TABLE authors (id INT, name VARCHAR(20), email VARCHAR(20));

To display your tables in books database, enter:
Sample outputs:

| Tables_in_books |
| authors         |
1 row in set (0.00 sec)

Finally, add a data i.e. row to table books using INSERT statement, run:
mysql> INSERT INTO authors (id,name,email) VALUES(1,"Vivek","xuz@abc.com");
Sample outputs:

Query OK, 1 row affected (0.00 sec)

Try to add few more rows to your table:
mysql> INSERT INTO authors (id,name,email) VALUES(2,"Priya","p@gmail.com");
mysql> INSERT INTO authors (id,name,email) VALUES(3,"Tom","tom@yahoo.com");

To display all rows i.e. data stored in authors table, enter:
mysql> SELECT * FROM authors;
Sample outputs:

| id   | name  | email         |
|    1 | Vivek | xuz@abc.com   |
|    2 | Priya | p@gmail.com   |
|    3 | Tom   | tom@yahoo.com |
3 rows in set (0.00 sec)

Now, you know how to create a database and a table. For further information please see MySQL data types and official documentation.

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This entry is 4 of 5 in the CentOS Linux MySQL Server Tutorial series. Keep reading the rest of the series:
  1. CentOS install Mysql database server
  2. CentOS install MySQL client only
  3. MySQL Create a user accounts
  4. MySQL Create a database & tables and data
  5. Reinstall MySQL On Linux

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  • ST4R January 24, 2009, 1:36 pm

    Hi very good tutorial :D keep up the good work you helped me alot :) i was wondering (if there wasnt any previous sessions opened) how do i use this table so it will show at my website (like linking php and sql or somthing like that) :) sorry for the stupid question but im just learning sql and php…oh and allso could it be possible to use php in a html website (so you can include some php code in you html)
    Thanks! :D

  • Rohit February 11, 2009, 6:36 am

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  • Andreas moliana April 22, 2009, 11:29 am

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    By the by, this is also of help can train people who wants to use mySQL their studies. many thanks!

  • izhar April 23, 2009, 4:17 am

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  • Sumit April 23, 2009, 7:12 pm

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  • chaminda June 23, 2009, 6:00 am

    how can we insert a column with data to existing table

    • neha singh September 12, 2011, 6:01 am

      alter table name add column new column name varchar(x);

    • venkatesh August 30, 2014, 12:45 pm

      thank u very much,can u give me some query for join

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    could have some more command.

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    how to enter data in tables…..

  • Damian November 24, 2009, 11:00 pm

    Just learning SQL now. This was an incredibly useful tutorial. Thanks!

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    How to connect this database with drupal

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  • suryaprakash April 1, 2010, 11:01 am

    this is suryaprakash
    i am working on swing project in Java
    i want to insert Jtable information into DataBase table

    can it is possible..?
    if yes
    plz send a sample program
    waiting for u r Reply

    My email address is ::suryaprakash.pisay@gmail.com
    Thank u in Advance ..!

  • Anonymous June 30, 2010, 5:39 pm


  • Mahesh August 22, 2010, 6:37 am

    Nice info. But please specify the PHP code to be used to add data into MySQL database.

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    Hey amigo, Thanks your help is greatly appreciated………

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    how to connect data with the databse in the php

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    How to recover data from .ibd file if innodb is corrupted
    I have one test database and many table with the extension of .frm and .idb file. from frm file i got strucure of database but how to restore data from individiual file of .idb file.

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      Just restart ur mysql :D

  • Nidhi Shah January 7, 2011, 6:30 am

    this is suryaprakash
    i am working on swing project in Java
    i want to insert Jtable information into DataBase table

    can it is possible..?
    if yes
    plz send a sample program
    waiting for u r Reply

    My email address is ::suryaprakash.pisay@gmail.com
    Thank u in Advance ..!


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    I am using a webhost and has no shell access so unable to use command line.
    Here’s the problem:
    I have tried to “import” a table with its content into the existing database but it kept showing a 1062 error about key 1 ………… which I have no idea why and what to do.
    I tried to create a new table from within phpmyadmin but it requires me to indicate how many fields and then to fill in those empty boxes…which I have no idea what to put in there.

    So, i thought of using bigdump to try to import this table into the database or to do a manual import by copying the content of the table into the SQL tab’s Sql Query box from within phpmyadmin.
    Are the above two options suitable?
    What would be your best suggestion and guidance on how to proceed so as to succeed in getting this table into the database?

    Any assistance, guidance and advice, would be much appreciated.

    Thanks in advance and best wishes.

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      try to change the password in xammp or wampp depending on the server you are using.log in and in the specific database for the specific user, you can change the password. make sure you click GO..
      hope this helps…

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    How can i deleabte a table?

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      to delete a database,

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  • Nitin June 14, 2013, 12:18 pm

    good example but how can i copy other database table in my database.

    help me.

    • Nitin shrivatsva June 14, 2013, 12:37 pm

      CREATE TABLE databasename2.tablename LIKE databasename1.tablename;
      INSERT INTO databasename2.tablename SELECT * FROM databasename1.tablename;

  • abii July 5, 2013, 5:20 am


  • pawan August 8, 2013, 4:32 am

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  • jameel November 1, 2013, 5:36 am

    how to create the new database in php

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  • neo December 4, 2013, 7:30 am

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  • Suman jain December 20, 2013, 9:06 am

    my rows are not effecting . what might be the problem ?
    syntax is correct

  • Ananya January 22, 2014, 5:26 pm

    Really helpful!

  • Raj January 30, 2014, 5:47 am

    Thanks a lot. Helped me very much.

  • ram February 5, 2014, 10:39 am

    its very nice, i understud that table

    Finally, add a data i.e. row to table books using INSERT statement, run:
    mysql> INSERT INTO authors (id,name,email) VALUES(1,”Vivek”,”xuz@abc.com”);

    Sample outputs:

    Query OK, 1 row affected (0.00 sec)

  • ankul February 9, 2014, 12:12 pm

    how to enter the values by using “&” in mysql table ..from command prompt???

  • rohit February 20, 2014, 6:56 am

    thanks dear………..

  • vishal February 21, 2014, 9:00 am

    $ mysql -u root -p
    Above command is not running in my system even after entering root password.
    It show output as:
    ERROR 1045 (28000): Access denied for user ‘root’@’localhost’ (using password: YES)
    So,how i will log into the mysql ?

  • Caracono March 14, 2014, 3:02 pm

    Thanks! so helpful…

  • nyanji March 25, 2014, 8:36 am

    worked like a charm…thanks alot

  • Ram March 27, 2014, 7:31 am

    Thanx a lot

  • fred March 27, 2014, 1:11 pm

    hi,can you pls help me create product form using php programming language in wed base.i mean the codes.tnks

  • Anitha April 4, 2014, 11:45 am

    Am new to Mysql, this article was very helpful for me and am very impressed with your document….thanks a lot ….

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  • Rinky April 13, 2014, 2:22 pm

    thnaks to help us..

  • ritesh April 17, 2014, 6:22 am

    thankx alot this was very helpful.but can anyone tell me how to import data from terminal to table that is created in database.is there any kind of command.plz let me know

  • suchetan April 22, 2014, 12:09 pm

    Thanks for the tutorial. :)

  • Ashraf May 5, 2014, 10:04 am

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  • sindhu May 12, 2014, 6:02 am

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  • anup May 22, 2014, 5:43 pm

    it was very helpful n very simple example……………..thanks alot

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  • Nkateko Malungana October 15, 2014, 12:52 pm

    Help me creating a books database using MySQL as indicated in the table

  • Kris Leblanc October 17, 2014, 12:14 pm

    Good day, I have just started studying SQL, thank you for this tutorial on MySQL, I have been using Microsoft SQL server, and I wanted to try MySQL.

    I followed your instructions and I created a database, tables, and data, I did this same thing in MS SQL and used the following query to create a new table called result with a condition that screens > 1, here is my code:

    /* Using SQL Server syntax */

    /* creating the new table with a query */
    t2.name as du_name,
    t3.name as config_name
    into [result]
    from player t1
    inner join display_unit t2 on(t1.player_id=t2.player_id)
    inner join configuration t3 on(t1.player_id=t3.player_id)
    where t2.screens > 1

    /* what is the syntax to get this to work on MySQL???/*

  • HASNAIN MEHMOOD January 8, 2015, 1:15 pm

    blessn for u…………………….

  • shanny April 16, 2015, 11:04 am

    i have database and i need u to tell me how to import blob data from that database and write it in my client program . need to enter 10 data in the table here in client program.

  • Shakil Ahamd May 16, 2015, 11:17 am

    Very Helpful for me. keep it up

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