On showing tables

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  • Published 4 years ago

Showing the existing tables in a database can be really handy. Unfortunately, MySQL's SHOW TABLES; is not a standard sql command. Although it quite honestly should be. Thus, for quick reference, here goes:

  • MySQL: SHOW TABLES;
  • Postgres: SELECT name FROM pg_catalog.pg_tables;
  • SQLite: SELECT name FROM sqlite_master WHERE type = 'table';

There probably is a SELECT-Syntax for MySQL too, but who really cares? The one above is so much shorter in any case.