The MySQL Drop Database is used to drop all the tables present in it and also deletes the database itself. Let us see how to Delete Database in MySQL with an example, and here we will use both command prompt and Workbench.
MySQL Delete Database example
In this example, we will show you how to delete a database in MySQL using a command prompt. Before we start deleting any of them, Let me show you the list of available Databases in MySQL. To get this information, you have to use the SHOW DATABASES command.
The following screenshot will show you the list of available dbs.
The basic syntax to Delete or Drop Database in MySQL is:
DROP DATABASE Database_Name
For the demonstration of this drop purpose, we are going to delete the First_Database. So, Replace the Database_Name with First_Database, as shown below.
DROP DATABASE First_Database;
From the below screenshot, you can see that the command executed successfully. And it is saying that 1 row affected. It means, there is one table in that MySQL database, and that table is dropped (along with the Database).
Now, let me show you the dbs available. And you can see the first_database is not on the list.
MySQL Delete Database in Workbench
To delete a database, let me open the Workbench. From the below screenshot, you can see the list of the available ones under the Schemas pane. Here, there are multiple ways to delete them in a Workbench. Either you can write a MySQL drop database statement or use the context menu.
MySQL Drop Database using Query in Workbench
In this example, we delete second_database using Drop command
DROP DATABASE second_database;
Here, the command executed successfully. Now, you can see there is no second_database under schemas
Drop Database using Workbench GUI
To delete or drop, Under the SCHEMAS section, Please navigate yourself to the MySQL database that you want to drop. Right-click on it will open the context menu. Please select Drop Schema…. option from the context menu.
Please select Drop Now option.
Now you can see, there is no third_database under the schemas.
TIP: Please click on the refresh button beside the Schemas to see updated SCHEMAS.
Best way to Delete Database
Let us see what will happen if we drop a non-existing using MySQL drop database statement. From the below screenshot, you can observe that it is throwing an error saying: Can’t drop first_database. The db doesn’t exist.
DROP DATABASE first_database;
The following statement will only execute Drop Database Statement if the first_database in available in the system.
DROP DATABASE IF EXISTS first_database;
Let me try a different name with MySQL drop database command
DROP DATABASE IF EXISTS fourth_database;