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MySQL 8.0 Reference Manual  /  Character Sets, Collations, Unicode  /  Character Sets and Collations in MySQL

10.2 Character Sets and Collations in MySQL

MySQL Server supports multiple character sets, including several Unicode character sets. To display the available character sets, use the INFORMATION_SCHEMA CHARACTER_SETS table or the SHOW CHARACTER SET statement. A partial listing follows. For more complete information, see Section 10.10, “Supported Character Sets and Collations”.

mysql> SHOW CHARACTER SET;
+----------+---------------------------------+---------------------+--------+
| Charset  | Description                     | Default collation   | Maxlen |
+----------+---------------------------------+---------------------+--------+
| big5     | Big5 Traditional Chinese        | big5_chinese_ci     |      2 |
| binary   | Binary pseudo charset           | binary              |      1 |
...
| latin1   | cp1252 West European            | latin1_swedish_ci   |      1 |
...
| ucs2     | UCS-2 Unicode                   | ucs2_general_ci     |      2 |
...
| utf8     | UTF-8 Unicode                   | utf8_general_ci     |      3 |
| utf8mb4  | UTF-8 Unicode                   | utf8mb4_0900_ai_ci  |      4 |
...

By default, the SHOW CHARACTER SET statement displays all available character sets. It takes an optional LIKE or WHERE clause that indicates which character set names to match. The following example shows some of the Unicode character sets (those based on Unicode Transformation Format):

mysql> SHOW CHARACTER SET LIKE 'utf%';
+---------+------------------+--------------------+--------+
| Charset | Description      | Default collation  | Maxlen |
+---------+------------------+--------------------+--------+
| utf16   | UTF-16 Unicode   | utf16_general_ci   |      4 |
| utf16le | UTF-16LE Unicode | utf16le_general_ci |      4 |
| utf32   | UTF-32 Unicode   | utf32_general_ci   |      4 |
| utf8    | UTF-8 Unicode    | utf8_general_ci    |      3 |
| utf8mb4 | UTF-8 Unicode    | utf8mb4_0900_ai_ci |      4 |
+---------+------------------+--------------------+--------+

A given character set always has at least one collation, and most character sets have several. To list the display collations for a character set, use the INFORMATION_SCHEMA COLLATIONS table or the SHOW COLLATION statement.

By default, the SHOW COLLATION statement displays all available collations. It takes an optional LIKE or WHERE clause that indicates which collation names to display. For example, to see the collations for the default character set, utf8mb4, use this statement:

mysql> SHOW COLLATION WHERE Charset = 'utf8mb4';
+----------------------------+---------+-----+---------+----------+---------+---------------+
| Collation                  | Charset | Id  | Default | Compiled | Sortlen | Pad_attribute |
+----------------------------+---------+-----+---------+----------+---------+---------------+
| utf8mb4_0900_ai_ci         | utf8mb4 | 255 | Yes     | Yes      |       0 | NO PAD        |
| utf8mb4_0900_as_ci         | utf8mb4 | 305 |         | Yes      |       0 | NO PAD        |
| utf8mb4_0900_as_cs         | utf8mb4 | 278 |         | Yes      |       0 | NO PAD        |
| utf8mb4_bin                | utf8mb4 |  46 |         | Yes      |       1 | PAD SPACE     |
| utf8mb4_croatian_ci        | utf8mb4 | 245 |         | Yes      |       8 | PAD SPACE     |
| utf8mb4_cs_0900_ai_ci      | utf8mb4 | 266 |         | Yes      |       0 | NO PAD        |
| utf8mb4_cs_0900_as_cs      | utf8mb4 | 289 |         | Yes      |       0 | NO PAD        |
| utf8mb4_czech_ci           | utf8mb4 | 234 |         | Yes      |       8 | PAD SPACE     |
| utf8mb4_danish_ci          | utf8mb4 | 235 |         | Yes      |       8 | PAD SPACE     |
| utf8mb4_da_0900_ai_ci      | utf8mb4 | 267 |         | Yes      |       0 | NO PAD        |
| utf8mb4_da_0900_as_cs      | utf8mb4 | 290 |         | Yes      |       0 | NO PAD        |
| utf8mb4_de_pb_0900_ai_ci   | utf8mb4 | 256 |         | Yes      |       0 | NO PAD        |
| utf8mb4_de_pb_0900_as_cs   | utf8mb4 | 279 |         | Yes      |       0 | NO PAD        |
| utf8mb4_eo_0900_ai_ci      | utf8mb4 | 273 |         | Yes      |       0 | NO PAD        |
| utf8mb4_eo_0900_as_cs      | utf8mb4 | 296 |         | Yes      |       0 | NO PAD        |
| utf8mb4_esperanto_ci       | utf8mb4 | 241 |         | Yes      |       8 | PAD SPACE     |
| utf8mb4_estonian_ci        | utf8mb4 | 230 |         | Yes      |       8 | PAD SPACE     |
| utf8mb4_es_0900_ai_ci      | utf8mb4 | 263 |         | Yes      |       0 | NO PAD        |
| utf8mb4_es_0900_as_cs      | utf8mb4 | 286 |         | Yes      |       0 | NO PAD        |
| utf8mb4_es_trad_0900_ai_ci | utf8mb4 | 270 |         | Yes      |       0 | NO PAD        |
| utf8mb4_es_trad_0900_as_cs | utf8mb4 | 293 |         | Yes      |       0 | NO PAD        |
| utf8mb4_et_0900_ai_ci      | utf8mb4 | 262 |         | Yes      |       0 | NO PAD        |
| utf8mb4_et_0900_as_cs      | utf8mb4 | 285 |         | Yes      |       0 | NO PAD        |
| utf8mb4_general_ci         | utf8mb4 |  45 |         | Yes      |       1 | PAD SPACE     |
| utf8mb4_german2_ci         | utf8mb4 | 244 |         | Yes      |       8 | PAD SPACE     |
| utf8mb4_hr_0900_ai_ci      | utf8mb4 | 275 |         | Yes      |       0 | NO PAD        |
| utf8mb4_hr_0900_as_cs      | utf8mb4 | 298 |         | Yes      |       0 | NO PAD        |
| utf8mb4_hungarian_ci       | utf8mb4 | 242 |         | Yes      |       8 | PAD SPACE     |
| utf8mb4_hu_0900_ai_ci      | utf8mb4 | 274 |         | Yes      |       0 | NO PAD        |
| utf8mb4_hu_0900_as_cs      | utf8mb4 | 297 |         | Yes      |       0 | NO PAD        |
| utf8mb4_icelandic_ci       | utf8mb4 | 225 |         | Yes      |       8 | PAD SPACE     |
| utf8mb4_is_0900_ai_ci      | utf8mb4 | 257 |         | Yes      |       0 | NO PAD        |
| utf8mb4_is_0900_as_cs      | utf8mb4 | 280 |         | Yes      |       0 | NO PAD        |
| utf8mb4_ja_0900_as_cs      | utf8mb4 | 303 |         | Yes      |       0 | NO PAD        |
| utf8mb4_ja_0900_as_cs_ks   | utf8mb4 | 304 |         | Yes      |      24 | NO PAD        |
| utf8mb4_latvian_ci         | utf8mb4 | 226 |         | Yes      |       8 | PAD SPACE     |
| utf8mb4_la_0900_ai_ci      | utf8mb4 | 271 |         | Yes      |       0 | NO PAD        |
| utf8mb4_la_0900_as_cs      | utf8mb4 | 294 |         | Yes      |       0 | NO PAD        |
| utf8mb4_lithuanian_ci      | utf8mb4 | 236 |         | Yes      |       8 | PAD SPACE     |
| utf8mb4_lt_0900_ai_ci      | utf8mb4 | 268 |         | Yes      |       0 | NO PAD        |
| utf8mb4_lt_0900_as_cs      | utf8mb4 | 291 |         | Yes      |       0 | NO PAD        |
| utf8mb4_lv_0900_ai_ci      | utf8mb4 | 258 |         | Yes      |       0 | NO PAD        |
| utf8mb4_lv_0900_as_cs      | utf8mb4 | 281 |         | Yes      |       0 | NO PAD        |
| utf8mb4_persian_ci         | utf8mb4 | 240 |         | Yes      |       8 | PAD SPACE     |
| utf8mb4_pl_0900_ai_ci      | utf8mb4 | 261 |         | Yes      |       0 | NO PAD        |
| utf8mb4_pl_0900_as_cs      | utf8mb4 | 284 |         | Yes      |       0 | NO PAD        |
| utf8mb4_polish_ci          | utf8mb4 | 229 |         | Yes      |       8 | PAD SPACE     |
| utf8mb4_romanian_ci        | utf8mb4 | 227 |         | Yes      |       8 | PAD SPACE     |
| utf8mb4_roman_ci           | utf8mb4 | 239 |         | Yes      |       8 | PAD SPACE     |
| utf8mb4_ro_0900_ai_ci      | utf8mb4 | 259 |         | Yes      |       0 | NO PAD        |
| utf8mb4_ro_0900_as_cs      | utf8mb4 | 282 |         | Yes      |       0 | NO PAD        |
| utf8mb4_ru_0900_ai_ci      | utf8mb4 | 306 |         | Yes      |       0 | NO PAD        |
| utf8mb4_ru_0900_as_cs      | utf8mb4 | 307 |         | Yes      |       0 | NO PAD        |
| utf8mb4_sinhala_ci         | utf8mb4 | 243 |         | Yes      |       8 | PAD SPACE     |
| utf8mb4_sk_0900_ai_ci      | utf8mb4 | 269 |         | Yes      |       0 | NO PAD        |
| utf8mb4_sk_0900_as_cs      | utf8mb4 | 292 |         | Yes      |       0 | NO PAD        |
| utf8mb4_slovak_ci          | utf8mb4 | 237 |         | Yes      |       8 | PAD SPACE     |
| utf8mb4_slovenian_ci       | utf8mb4 | 228 |         | Yes      |       8 | PAD SPACE     |
| utf8mb4_sl_0900_ai_ci      | utf8mb4 | 260 |         | Yes      |       0 | NO PAD        |
| utf8mb4_sl_0900_as_cs      | utf8mb4 | 283 |         | Yes      |       0 | NO PAD        |
| utf8mb4_spanish2_ci        | utf8mb4 | 238 |         | Yes      |       8 | PAD SPACE     |
| utf8mb4_spanish_ci         | utf8mb4 | 231 |         | Yes      |       8 | PAD SPACE     |
| utf8mb4_sv_0900_ai_ci      | utf8mb4 | 264 |         | Yes      |       0 | NO PAD        |
| utf8mb4_sv_0900_as_cs      | utf8mb4 | 287 |         | Yes      |       0 | NO PAD        |
| utf8mb4_swedish_ci         | utf8mb4 | 232 |         | Yes      |       8 | PAD SPACE     |
| utf8mb4_tr_0900_ai_ci      | utf8mb4 | 265 |         | Yes      |       0 | NO PAD        |
| utf8mb4_tr_0900_as_cs      | utf8mb4 | 288 |         | Yes      |       0 | NO PAD        |
| utf8mb4_turkish_ci         | utf8mb4 | 233 |         | Yes      |       8 | PAD SPACE     |
| utf8mb4_unicode_520_ci     | utf8mb4 | 246 |         | Yes      |       8 | PAD SPACE     |
| utf8mb4_unicode_ci         | utf8mb4 | 224 |         | Yes      |       8 | PAD SPACE     |
| utf8mb4_vietnamese_ci      | utf8mb4 | 247 |         | Yes      |       8 | PAD SPACE     |
| utf8mb4_vi_0900_ai_ci      | utf8mb4 | 277 |         | Yes      |       0 | NO PAD        |
| utf8mb4_vi_0900_as_cs      | utf8mb4 | 300 |         | Yes      |       0 | NO PAD        |
+----------------------------+---------+-----+---------+----------+---------+---------------+

For more information about those collations, see Section 10.10.1, “Unicode Character Sets”.

Collations have these general characteristics:

  • Two different character sets cannot have the same collation.

  • Each character set has a default collation. For example, the default collations for utf8mb4 and latin1 are utf8mb4_0900_ai_ci and latin1_swedish_ci, respectively. The INFORMATION_SCHEMA CHARACTER_SETS table and the SHOW CHARACTER SET statement indicate the default collation for each character set. The INFORMATION_SCHEMA COLLATIONS table and the SHOW COLLATION statement have a column that indicates for each collation whether it is the default for its character set (Yes if so, empty if not).

  • Collation names start with the name of the character set with which they are associated, generally followed by one or more suffixes indicating other collation characteristics. For additional information about naming conventions, see Section 10.3.1, “Collation Naming Conventions”.

When a character set has multiple collations, it might not be clear which collation is most suitable for a given application. To avoid choosing an inappropriate collation, perform some comparisons with representative data values to make sure that a given collation sorts values the way you expect.


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