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MySQL 5.7 Reference Manual  /  ...  /  The INFORMATION_SCHEMA INNODB_SYS_TABLES Table


The INNODB_SYS_TABLES table provides metadata about InnoDB tables, equivalent to the information from the SYS_TABLES table in the InnoDB data dictionary.

For related usage information and examples, see Section 14.15.3, “InnoDB INFORMATION_SCHEMA System Tables”.

The INNODB_SYS_TABLES table has these columns:


    An identifier for the InnoDB table. This value is unique across all databases in the instance.

  • NAME

    The name of the table, preceded by the schema (database) name where appropriate; for example test/t1. Names of databases and user tables are in the same case as they were originally defined, possibly influenced by the lower_case_table_names setting.

  • FLAG

    A numeric value that represents bit-level information about table format and storage characteristics.

  • N_COLS

    The number of columns in the table. The number reported includes three hidden columns that are created by InnoDB (DB_ROW_ID, DB_TRX_ID, and DB_ROLL_PTR). The number reported also includes virtual generated columns, if present.


    An identifier for the tablespace where the table resides. 0 means the InnoDB system tablespace. Any other number represents either a file-per-table tablespace or a general tablespace. This identifier stays the same after a TRUNCATE TABLE statement. For file-per-table tablespaces, this identifier is unique for tables across all databases in the instance.


    The table's file format (Antelope or Barracuda).


    The table's row format (Compact, Redundant, Dynamic, or Compressed).


    The zip page size. Applies only to tables with a row format of Compressed.


    The type of tablespace to which the table belongs. Possible values include System for the system tablespace, General for general tablespaces, and Single for file-per-table tablespaces. Tables assigned to the system tablespace using CREATE TABLE or ALTER TABLE TABLESPACE=innodb_system have a SPACE_TYPE of General. For more information, see CREATE TABLESPACE.


*************************** 1. row ***************************
     TABLE_ID: 214
         NAME: test/t1
         FLAG: 129
       N_COLS: 4
        SPACE: 233
  FILE_FORMAT: Antelope
   ROW_FORMAT: Compact
   SPACE_TYPE: General


  • You must have the PROCESS privilege to query this table.

  • Use the INFORMATION_SCHEMA COLUMNS table or the SHOW COLUMNS statement to view additional information about the columns of this table, including data types and default values.

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