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MySQL 8.0 Reference Manual  /  INFORMATION_SCHEMA Tables  /  The INFORMATION_SCHEMA COLLATIONS Table

Pre-General Availability Draft: 2017-05-26

23.2 The INFORMATION_SCHEMA COLLATIONS Table

The COLLATIONS table provides information about collations for each character set.

INFORMATION_SCHEMA NameSHOW NameRemarks
COLLATION_NAMECollation 
CHARACTER_SET_NAMECharsetMySQL extension
IDIdMySQL extension
IS_DEFAULTDefaultMySQL extension
IS_COMPILEDCompiledMySQL extension
SORTLENSortlenMySQL extension
PAD_ATTRIBUTE omit
  • COLLATION_NAME is the collation name.

  • CHARACTER_SET_NAME is the name of the character set with which the collation is associated.

  • ID is the collation ID.

  • IS_DEFAULT indicates whether the collation is the default for its character set.

  • IS_COMPILED indicates whether the character set is compiled into the server.

  • SORTLEN is related to the amount of memory required to sort strings expressed in the character set.

  • PAD_ATTRIBUTE indicates the collation pad attribute.

Collation information is also available from the SHOW COLLATION statement. The following statements are equivalent:

SELECT COLLATION_NAME FROM INFORMATION_SCHEMA.COLLATIONS
  [WHERE COLLATION_NAME LIKE 'wild']

SHOW COLLATION
  [LIKE 'wild']

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