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MySQL 5.7 Reference Manual  /  INFORMATION_SCHEMA Tables  /  The INFORMATION_SCHEMA CHARACTER_SETS Table

24.1 The INFORMATION_SCHEMA CHARACTER_SETS Table

The CHARACTER_SETS table provides information about available character sets.

INFORMATION_SCHEMA Name SHOW Name Remarks
CHARACTER_SET_NAME Charset
DEFAULT_COLLATE_NAME Default collation
DESCRIPTION Description MySQL extension
MAXLEN Maxlen MySQL extension

The following statements are equivalent:

SELECT * FROM INFORMATION_SCHEMA.CHARACTER_SETS
  [WHERE CHARACTER_SET_NAME LIKE 'wild']

SHOW CHARACTER SET
  [LIKE 'wild']

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