SQL DROP Table, DROP Index, and DROP Database Statements Explained with Examples

The SQL DROP statement is a command that deletes existing database components or the entire databases with all their data permanently. There are other SQL commands with a similar effect (TRUNCATE or DELETE), but the specificity of the DROP command is that it deletes everything at once. For instance, DROP TABLE removes the table data, indexes, triggers, permissions, constraints – the entire schema of the table.

The DROP statement requires one to be extremely careful when using it. Once performed, it can’t be rolled back. The information is lost for good. The only chance to return the data will be to restore a backup. Still, in many cases, we have to apply DROP statements. This article will focus on such cases, the specific DROP variants, and how to use them safely.

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How to Delete Entire MySQL Database

In some cases, we need to delete the entire database from the MySQL community server. This is simple but irreversible. Thus, the DROP DATABASE command must be used very carefully. The current article will highlight the specificities of the task and explain how to safely drop the MySQL database manually with the help of specialized tools. The following topics will be in the focus:

  1. Syntax of the Drop Database statement
  2. Creating a database using MySQL Workbench and command prompt.
  3. Dropping a database using MySQL Workbench and command prompt.
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