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mysql_list_tables -- List tables in a MySQL database


resource mysql_list_tables ( string database [, resource link_identifier] )

Retrieves a list of table names from a MySQL database.

This function deprecated. It is preferable to use mysql_query() to issue a 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 by chance no connection is found or established, an E_WARNING level warning 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().


Example 1. mysql_list_tables() alternative example

= 'mysql_dbname';

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";



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

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