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PHP Manual :: mysql_list_tables

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(PHP 4, PHP 5)

mysql_list_tablesList tables in a MySQL database


This function was deprecated in PHP 4.3.0, and it and the entire original MySQL extension was removed in PHP 7.0.0. Instead, use either the actively developed MySQLi or PDO_MySQL extensions. See also the MySQL: choosing an API guide and its related FAQ entry for additional information. Alternatives to this function include:

  • SQL Query: SHOW TABLES FROM dbname


resource mysql_list_tables ( string $database [, resource $link_identifier = NULL ] )

Retrieves a list of table names from a MySQL database.

This function is deprecated. It is preferable to use mysql_query() to issue an SQL SHOW TABLES [FROM db_name] [LIKE 'pattern'] statement instead.



The name of the database


The MySQL connection. If the link identifier is not specified, the last link opened by mysql_connect() is assumed. If no such link is found, it will try to create one as if mysql_connect() was called with no arguments. If no connection is found or established, an E_WARNING level error is generated.

Return Values

A result pointer resource on success or FALSE on failure.

Use the mysql_tablename() function to traverse this result pointer, or any function for result tables, such as mysql_fetch_array().


Version Description
4.3.7 This function became deprecated.


Example #1 mysql_list_tables() alternative example


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

$sql "SHOW TABLES FROM $dbname";
$result mysql_query($sql);

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

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




For backward compatibility, the following deprecated alias may be used: mysql_listtables()

See Also

mysql_list_processes || mysql_num_fields || MySQL Functions || PHP Manual
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