Working with MySQL databases from PHP

If like me, you often forget what your database tables are called, or need to check if a MySQL table has been created successfully, but don’t have access to a handy control panel or interface, you may need to write a small PHP script to fetch the results you need. Here are a few that I find myself using time and time again:

Connect to your MySQL database

$db_user = 'joe_bloggs';
$db_pass = 'test123';
$db_host = 'localhost';
$db_name = 'my_database';

$db = mysql_connect($db_host, $db_user, $db_pass);
mysql_select_db($db_name , $db);

Get a list of all tables in a database

$query = mysql_query("SHOW TABLES");
while ($result = mysql_fetch_array($query)) {
  echo $result[0] . "<br>";

Get a list of all data in a table

$db_table = "my_table";
$query = mysql_query("SELECT * FROM '$db_table'");
while ($row = mysql_fetch_assoc($query)) {
  print_r($row) . "<br>";

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