mysqlshow – Display information about databases in MySQL

The mysqlshow command is a helpful tool for displaying information about databases in MySQL. It provides a simple way to view all the databases available on a MySQL server, as well as the tables within each database.


The basic syntax for the mysqlshow command is as follows:

mysqlshow [options] [database [table [column]]]

In this syntax, options refers to any command-line options you want to use, database refers to the name of the database you want to view information about, and table and column refer to the name of a specific table or column within the database.

If you run the mysqlshow command without any arguments, it will display a list of all the databases on the MySQL server:

$ mysqlshow
|     Databases      |
| information_schema |
| mysql              |
| performance_schema |
| test               |

You can also specify a particular database to view information about:

$ mysqlshow mydatabase
|      Tables      |
| mytable1         |
| mytable2         |

Additionally, you can specify a particular table or column within a database:

$ mysqlshow mydatabase mytable1
|      Fields     |
| id              |
| name            |
| description     |


The following table lists the available options for the mysqlshow command:

Option Description
-c Display column information
-g Group databases by first letter
-h Connect to MySQL server on specified host
-P Port number to use for connection
-p Prompt for password
-u MySQL user to connect as
-V Display version information

Troubleshooting Tips

If you receive an error message when running the mysqlshow command, it may be due to one of the following issues:

  • Incorrect login credentials: Make sure you are using the correct username and password to connect to the MySQL server.
  • Incompatible MySQL version: Some versions of the mysqlshow command may not be compatible with certain versions of MySQL. Check the documentation for your version of mysqlshow to ensure compatibility.


  • The mysqlshow command is included with most installations of MySQL, so you should be able to use it on any system with MySQL installed.
  • If you are not familiar with MySQL commands, you may want to review the basics of SQL syntax before using mysqlshow.