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mysql_list_tables -- List tables in a MySQL database


resource mysql_list_tables ( string database [, resource link_identifier])

mysql_list_tables() takes a database name and returns a result pointer much like the mysql_query() function. Use the mysql_tablename() function to traverse this result pointer, or any function for result tables, such as mysql_fetch_array().

The database parameter is the name of the database to retrieve the list of tables from. Upon failure, mysql_list_tables() returns FALSE.

For downward compatibility, the function alias named mysql_listtables() can be used. This is deprecated however and is not recommended.

Note: The function mysql_list_tables() is deprecated. It is preferable to use mysql_query() to issue a SQL SHOW TABLES [FROM db_name] [LIKE 'pattern'] statement instead.

Example 1. mysql_list_tables() example

= 'mysql_dbname';

if (!
mysql_connect('mysql_host', 'mysql_user', 'mysql_password')) {
'Could not connect to mysql';

$result = mysql_list_tables($dbname);

if (!
$result) {
"DB Error, could not list tables\n";
'MySQL Error: ' . mysql_error();

while (
$row = mysql_fetch_row($result)) {
"Table: $row[0]\n";


See also mysql_list_dbs() and mysql_tablename().

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