(PHP 3, PHP 4, PHP 5)

mysql_select_db -- Select a MySQL database


bool mysql_select_db ( string database_name [, resource link_identifier] )

Sets the current active database on the server that's associated with the specified link identifier. Every subsequent call to mysql_query() will be made on the active database.



The name of the database that is to be selected.


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

Returns TRUE on success or FALSE on failure.


Example 1. mysql_select_db() example


= mysql_connect('localhost', 'mysql_user', 'mysql_password');
if (!
$link) {
'Not connected : ' . mysql_error());

// make foo the current db
$db_selected = mysql_select_db('foo', $link);
if (!
$db_selected) {
    die (
'Can\'t use foo : ' . mysql_error());


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

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