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MySQL 5.7 Reference Manual  /  MySQL Server Administration  /  MySQL Server User-Defined Functions

5.6 MySQL Server User-Defined Functions

MySQL Server enables user-defined functions (UDFs) to be created and loaded to extend server capabilities. Server capabilities can be implemented in whole or in part using UDFs. In addition, you can write your own UDFs.

MySQL distributions include UDFs that implement, or help to implement, several server capabilities:

The following sections describe how to install and uninstall UDFs, and how to determine at runtime which UDFs are installed and obtain information about them. For a table listing user-defined functions, see Section 12.2, “User-Defined Function Reference”. For information about writing UDFs, see Adding Functions to MySQL.