How to remove all MySQL tables from the command-line without DROP database permissions?

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How do I drop all tables in Windows MySQL, using command prompt? The reason I want to do this is that our user has access to the database drops, but no access to re-creating the database itself, for this reason we must drop the tables manually. Is there a way to drop all the tables at once? Bear in mind that most of the tables are linked with foreign keys so they would have to be dropped in a specific order.

This question is tagged with mysql command-line sql-drop

~ Asked on 2012-09-13 09:52:46

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You can generate statement like this: DROP TABLE t1, t2, t3, ... and then use prepared statements to execute it:

SET FOREIGN_KEY_CHECKS = 0; 
SET @tables = NULL;
SELECT GROUP_CONCAT('`', table_schema, '`.`', table_name, '`') INTO @tables
  FROM information_schema.tables 
  WHERE table_schema = 'database_name'; -- specify DB name here.

SET @tables = CONCAT('DROP TABLE ', @tables);
PREPARE stmt FROM @tables;
EXECUTE stmt;
DEALLOCATE PREPARE stmt;
SET FOREIGN_KEY_CHECKS = 1; 

~ Answered on 2012-09-13 09:58:49


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The @Devart's version is correct, but here are some improvements to avoid having error. I've edited the @Devart's answer, but it was not accepted.

SET FOREIGN_KEY_CHECKS = 0;
SET GROUP_CONCAT_MAX_LEN=32768;
SET @tables = NULL;
SELECT GROUP_CONCAT('`', table_name, '`') INTO @tables
  FROM information_schema.tables
  WHERE table_schema = (SELECT DATABASE());
SELECT IFNULL(@tables,'dummy') INTO @tables;

SET @tables = CONCAT('DROP TABLE IF EXISTS ', @tables);
PREPARE stmt FROM @tables;
EXECUTE stmt;
DEALLOCATE PREPARE stmt;
SET FOREIGN_KEY_CHECKS = 1;

This script will not raise error with NULL result in case when you already deleted all tables in the database by adding at least one nonexistent - "dummy" table.

And it fixed in case when you have many tables.

And This small change to drop all view exist in the Database

SET FOREIGN_KEY_CHECKS = 0;
SET GROUP_CONCAT_MAX_LEN=32768;
SET @views = NULL;
SELECT GROUP_CONCAT('`', TABLE_NAME, '`') INTO @views
  FROM information_schema.views
  WHERE table_schema = (SELECT DATABASE());
SELECT IFNULL(@views,'dummy') INTO @views;

SET @views = CONCAT('DROP VIEW IF EXISTS ', @views);
PREPARE stmt FROM @views;
EXECUTE stmt;
DEALLOCATE PREPARE stmt;
SET FOREIGN_KEY_CHECKS = 1;

It assumes that you run the script from Database you want to delete. Or run this before:

USE REPLACE_WITH_DATABASE_NAME_YOU_WANT_TO_DELETE;

Thank you to Steve Horvath to discover the issue with backticks.

~ Answered on 2013-09-04 23:41:31


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