How to get the mysql table columns data type?

I want to get the column data type of a mysql table.

Thought I could use MYSQLFIELD structure but it was enumerated field types.

Then I tried with mysql_real_query()

The error which i am getting is query was empty

How do I get the column data type?

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The query below returns a list of information about each field, including the MySQL field type. Here is an example:

/* returns "Field", "Type", "Null", "Key", "Default", "Extras" */

See this manual page.

You can use the information_schema columns table:

  WHERE table_name = 'tbl_name' AND COLUMN_NAME = 'col_name';

To get data types of all columns:

describe table_name

or just a single column:

describe table_name column_name

Refer this link

mysql> SHOW COLUMNS FROM mytable FROM mydb;
mysql> SHOW COLUMNS FROM mydb.mytable;

Hope this may help you

To view the data types in a column:

  1. Select the table you want to view the data types and right click; then

  2. Select Alter Table

First select the Database using use testDB; then execute

desc `testDB`.`images`;
-- or


How to get the mysql table columns data type?

Query to find out all the datatype of columns being used in any database

WHERE table_schema = '<db_name>' AND column_name like '%';


Self contained complete examples are often useful.

  // The server where your database is hosted                 localhost
  // The name of your database                                mydatabase
  // The user name of the database user                       databaseuser
  // The password of the database user                        thesecretpassword
  // Most web pages are in utf-8 so should be the database    array(PDO::MYSQL_ATTR_INIT_COMMAND => "SET NAMES utf8")
    $pdo = new PDO("mysql:host=localhost;dbname=mydatabase", "databaseuser", "thesecretpassword", array(PDO::MYSQL_ATTR_INIT_COMMAND => "SET NAMES utf8"));  
    catch(PDOException $e)
    die('Could not connect: ' . $e->getMessage());

  $sql   = "SHOW COLUMNS FROM mytable";
  $query = $pdo->prepare($sql);

  $err = $query->errorInfo();
  $bug = $err[2];

  if ($bug != "") { echo "<p>$bug</p>"; }

  while ($row = $query->fetch(PDO::FETCH_ASSOC))
    echo "<pre>" . print_r($row, true) . "</pre>";

      [Field] => page_id
      [Type] => char(40)
      [Null] => NO
      [Key] => 
      [Default] => 
      [Extra] => 

      [Field] => last_name
      [Type] => char(50)
      More ...

ResultSet rs = Sstatement.executeQuery(“SELECT * FROM Table Name”);

    ResultSetMetaData rsMetaData = rs.getMetaData();

    int numberOfColumns = rsMetaData.getColumnCount();
    System.out.println("resultSet MetaData column Count=" + numberOfColumns);

    for (int i = 1; i <= numberOfColumns; i++) {
     System.out.println("column number " + i);


Most answers are duplicates, it might be useful to group them. Basically two simple options have been proposed.

First option

The first option has 4 different aliases, some of which are quite short :

EXPLAIN db_name.table_name;
DESCRIBE db_name.table_name;
SHOW FIELDS FROM db_name.table_name;
SHOW COLUMNS FROM db_name.table_name;

(NB : as an alternative to db_name.table_name, one can use a second FROM : db_name FROM table_name).

This gives something like :

| Field            | Type         | Null | Key | Default | Extra |
| product_id       | int(11)      | NO   | PRI | NULL    |       |
| name             | varchar(255) | NO   | MUL | NULL    |       |
| description      | text         | NO   |     | NULL    |       |
| meta_title       | varchar(255) | NO   |     | NULL    |       |

Second option

The second option is a bit longer :

  TABLE_SCHEMA = 'db_name'
  TABLE_NAME = 'table_name';

It is also less talkative :

| column_name      | DATA_TYPE |
| product_id       | int       |
| name             | varchar   |
| description      | text      |
| meta_title       | varchar   |

It has the advantage of allowing selection per column, though, using AND COLUMN_NAME = ‘column_name’ (or like).