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Introduction to MySQL:

MySQL is an open-source relational database management system (RDBMS). It runs on the web as well as on the server. MySQL is fast, reliable, and easy to use. It is open-source software. MySQL uses standard SQL and compiles on a number of platforms. It is a multithreaded, multi-user SQL database management system.

The data in a MySQL database is stored in the form of tables. A table is a collection of related data, and it consists of columns and rows.

MySQL has stand-alone clients that allow users to interact directly with a MySQL database using SQL, but more often MySQL is used with other programs to implement applications that need relational database capability.

MySQL has more than 11 million installations.

Basic MySQL Interview Questions

1. What is MySQL?

MySQL is a database management system for web servers. It can grow with the website as it is highly scalable. Most of the websites today are powered by MySQL.

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2. What are some of the advantages of using MySQL?

  • Flexibility: MySQL runs on all operating systems
  • Power: MySQL focuses on performance
  • Enterprise-Level SQL Features: MySQL had for some time been lacking in advanced features such as subqueries, views, and stored procedures.
  • Full-Text Indexing and Searching
  • Query Caching: This helps enhance the speed of MySQL greatly
  • Replication: One MySQL server can be duplicated on another, providing numerous advantages
  • Configuration and Security

3. What do you mean by ‘databases’?

A database is a structured collection of data stored in a computer system and organized in a way to be quickly searched. With databases, information can be rapidly retrieved.

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4. What does SQL in MySQL stand for?

The SQL in MySQL stands for Structured Query Language. This language is also used in other databases such as Oracle and Microsoft SQL Server.  One can use commands such as the following to send requests from a database:

SELECT title FROM publications WHERE author = ' J. K. Rowling’;

Note that SQL is not case sensitive. However, it is a good practice to write the SQL keywords in CAPS and other names and variables in a small case.

You can check out this SQL Tutorial to learn more about SQL. 

5. What does a MySQL database contain?

A MySQL database contains one or more tables, each of which contains records or rows. Within these rows are various columns or fields that contain the data itself.

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6. How can you interact with MySQL?

There are three main ways you can interact with MySQL: 

  • using a command line
  • via a web interface
  • through a programming language

7. What are MySQL Database Queries?

A query is a specific request or a question. One can query a database for specific information and have a record returned.

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8. What are some of the common MySQL commands?

Command Action
ALTER To alter a database or table
BACKUP To back-up a table
\c To cancel Input
CREATE To create a database
DELETE To delete a row from a table
DESCRIBE To describe a table's columns
DROP To delete a database or table
EXIT(ctrl+c) To exit
GRANT To change user privileges
HELP (\h, \?) Display help
INSERT Insert data
LOCK Lock table(s)
QUIT(\q) Same as EXIT
RENAME Rename a Table
SHOW List details about an object
SOURCE Execute a file
STATUS (\s) Display the current status
TRUNCATE Empty a table
UNLOCK Unlock table(s)
UPDATE Update an existing record
USE Use a database

9. How do you create a database in MySQL?

Use the following command to create a new database called ‘books’:


10. How do you create a table using MySQL?

Use the following to create a table using MySQL:

CREATE TABLE history (
author VARCHAR(128),
title VARCHAR(128),
type VARCHAR(16),
year CHAR(4)) ENGINE InnoDB;

11. How do you Insert Data Into MySQL?

The INSERT INTO statement is used to add new records to a MySQL table:

INSERT INTO table_name (column1, column2, column3,...)
VALUES (value1, value2, value3,...)

If we want to add values for all the columns of the table, we do not need to specify the column names in the SQL query. However, the order of the values should be in the same order as the columns in the table. The INSERT INTO syntax would be as follows:

INSERT INTO table_name
VALUES (value1, value2, value3, ...);

12. How do you remove a column from a database?

You can remove a column by using the DROP keyword:

ALTER TABLE classics DROP pages;

13. How to create an Index in MySQL?

In MySQL, there are different index types, such as a regular INDEX, a PRIMARY KEY, or a FULLTEXT index. You can achieve fast searches with the help of an index. Indexes speed up performance by either ordering the data on disk so it's quicker to find your result or, telling the SQL engine where to go to find your data.

Example: Adding indexes to the history table:

ALTER TABLE history ADD INDEX(author(10));
ALTER TABLE history ADD INDEX(title(10));
ALTER TABLE history ADD INDEX(category(5));
ALTER TABLE history ADD INDEX(year);
DESCRIBE history;

14. How to Delete Data From a MySQL Table?

In MySQL, the DELETE statement is used to delete records from a table:

DELETE FROM table_name
WHERE column_name = value_name

15. How do you view a database in MySQL?

One can view all the databases on the MySQL server host using the following command:


16. What are the Numeric Data Types in MySQL?

MySQL has numeric data types for integer, fixed-point, floating-point, and bit values, as shown in the table below. Numeric types can be signed or unsigned, except BIT. A special attribute enables the automatic generation of sequential integer or floating-point column values, which is useful for applications that require a series of unique identification numbers.

Type Name Meaning
TINYINT Very Small Integer
SMALLINT Small Integer
MEDIUMINT Medium-sized Integer
INT Standard Integer
BIGINT Large Integer
DECIMAL Fixed-point number
FLOAT Single-precision floating-point number
DOUBLE Double-precision floating-point number
BIT Bit-field

17. What are the String Data Types in MySQL?

Type Name Meaning
CHAR fixed-length nonbinary(character) string
VARCHAR variable-length nonbinary string
BINARY fixed-length binary string
VARBINARY variable-length binary string
TINYBLOB Very small BLOB(binary large object)
TINYTEXT A very small nonbinary string
TEXT Small nonbinary string
MEDIUMTEXT Medium-sized nonbinary string
LONGTEXT Large nonbinary string
ENUM An enumeration; each column value is assigned, one enumeration member
SET A set; each column value is assigned zero or more set members
NULL NULL in SQL is the term used to represent a missing value. A NULL value in a table is a value in a field that appears to be blank. This value is different than a zero value or a field that contains spaces.

18. What are the Temporal Data Types in MySQL?

Type Name Meaning
DATE A date value, in ' CCYY-MM-DD ' Format
TIME A Time value, in ' hh : mm :ss ' format
DATETIME Date and time value, in ' CCYY-MM-DD hh : mm :ss ' format
TIMESTAMP A timestamp value, in ' CCYY-MM-DD hh : mm :ss ' format
YEAR A year value, in CCYY or YY format

Example: To select the records with an Order Date of "2018-11-11" from a table:

SELECT * FROM Orders WHERE OrderDate='2018-11-11'

19. What is BLOB in MySQL?

BLOB is an acronym that stands for a binary large object. It is used to hold a variable amount of data.
There are four types of BLOB:

  • BLOB

A BLOB can hold a very large amount of data. For example - documents, images, and even videos. You could store your complete novel as a file in a BLOB if needed.

20. How to add users in MySQL?

You can add a User by using the CREATE command and specifying the necessary credentials. For example:

CREATE USER ‘testuser’ IDENTIFIED BY ‘sample password’;


Intermediate MySQL Interview Questions

1. What are MySQL “Views”?

In MySQL, a view consists of a set of rows that is returned if a particular query is executed. This is also known as a ‘virtual table’. Views make it easy to retrieve the way of making the query available via an alias. 
The advantages of views are:

  • Simplicity
  • Security
  • Maintainability

2. How do you create and execute views in MySQL?

Creating a view is accomplished with the CREATE VIEW statement. As an example:

   [DEFINER = { user | CURRENT_USER }]
   VIEW view_name [(column_list)]
   AS select_statement

3. What are MySQL Triggers?

A trigger is a task that executes in response to some predefined database event, such as after a new row is added to a particular table. Specifically, this event involves inserting, modifying, or deleting table data, and the task can occur either prior to or immediately following any such event. 
Triggers have many purposes, including:

  • Audit Trails
  • Validation
  • Referential integrity enforcement

4. How many Triggers are possible in MySQL?

There are six Triggers allowed to use in the MySQL database:

  • Before Insert
  • After Insert
  • Before Update
  • After Update
  • Before Delete
  • After Delete

5. What is the MySQL server?

The server, mysqld, is the hub of a MySQL installation; it performs all manipulation of databases and tables.

6. What are the MySQL clients and utilities?

Several MySQL programs are available to help you communicate with the server. For administrative tasks, some of the most important ones are listed here:

mysql—An interactive program that enables you to send SQL statements to the server and to view the results. You can also use mysql to execute batch scripts (text files containing SQL statements).

mysqladmin—An administrative program for performing tasks such as shutting down the server, checking its configuration, or monitoring its status if it appears not to be functioning properly.

mysqldump—A tool for backing up your databases or copying databases to another server.

mysqlcheck and myisamchk—Programs that help you perform table checking, analysis, and optimization, as well as repairs if tables become damaged. mysqlcheck works with MyISAM tables and to some extent with tables for other storage engines. myisamchk is for use only with MyISAM tables.

7. What are the types of relationships used in MySQL?

There are three categories of relationships in MySQL:

  • One-to-One: Usually, when two items have a one-to-one relationship, you just include them as columns in the same table.
  • One-to-Many: One-to-many (or many-to-one) relationships occur when one row in one table is linked to many rows in another table.
  • Many-to-Many: In a many-to-many relationship, many rows in one table are linked to many rows in another table. To create this relationship, add a third table containing the same key column from each of the other tables

Advanced MySQL Interview Questions

1. Can you explain the logical architecture of MySQL?

The top layer contains the services most network-based client/server tools or servers need such as connection handling, authentication, security, and so forth.
The second layer contains much of MySQL’s brains. This has the code for query parsing, analysis, optimization, caching, and all the built-in functions.

The third layer contains the storage engines that are responsible for storing and retrieving the data stored in MySQL.

2. What is Scaling in MySQL?

In MySQL, scaling capacity is actually the ability to handle the load, and it’s useful to think of load from several different angles such as:

  • Quantity of data
  • Number of users
  • User activity
  • Size of related datasets

3. What is Sharding in SQL?

The process of breaking up large tables into smaller chunks (called shards) that are spread across multiple servers is called Sharding. 
The advantage of Sharding is that since the sharded database is generally much smaller than the original; queries, maintenance, and all other tasks are much faster.

4. What are Transaction Storage Engines in MySQL?

To be able to use MySQL’s transaction facility, you have to be using MySQL’s InnoDB storage engine (which is the default from version 5.5 onward). If you are not sure which version of MySQL your code will be running on, rather than assuming InnoDB is the default engine you can force its use when creating a table, as follows.


1. Conclusion

Several free or low-cost database management systems are available from which to choose, such as MySQL, PostgreSQL, or SQLite.

When you compare MySQL with other database systems, think about what’s most important to you. Performance, features (such as SQL conformance or extensions), support, licensing conditions, and price all are factors to take into account.

MySQL is one of the best RDBMS being used for developing various web-based software applications.

MySQL is offered under two different editions: the open-source MySQL Community Server and the proprietary Enterprise Server.
Given these considerations, MySQL has many attractive qualities:

  • Speed
  • Ease of use
  • Query language support
  • Capability
  • Connectivity and security
  • Portability
  • Availability and cost
  • Open distribution and source code

Few MySQL References: 

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MySQL MCQ Questions


Character data can be stored as __


MySQL supports different character sets. Which command is used to display all character sets?


Which among the following have the maximum bytes?


MySQL is capable of reading input from a file in batch mode. This is also known as the non-interactive mode. A lot of typing and time can be saved when commands are stored in a file and executed from a file.
Is the above statement True or False?


Which of the following is not a characteristic of MySQL?


Which of the following commands is used to create a database in MySQL?


The connection parameters for setting up MySQL can be stored in an option file to save typing the names every time a connection is established.


What exports table definitions and contents in MySQL?


Which of the following commands will you use to load data files into tables?


Which declaration represents that “character data will consume the same number of bytes as declared and is right padded”?


Which one is the correct declaration for choosing the character set other than default?


In MySQL, what does a fully qualified table name consist of?


Which of the following MySQL statements is valid if `sampledb` is a database and ‘tbl’ is a table in it?

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