When you create a new table, you can specify which storage engine
to use by adding an
ENGINE table option to the
CREATE TABLE statement:
-- ENGINE=INNODB not needed unless you have set a different
-- default storage engine.
CREATE TABLE t1 (i INT) ENGINE = INNODB;
-- Simple table definitions can be switched from one to another.
CREATE TABLE t2 (i INT) ENGINE = CSV;
CREATE TABLE t3 (i INT) ENGINE = MEMORY;
When you omit the
ENGINE option, the default
storage engine is used. The default engine is
InnoDB in MySQL 8.3. You
can specify the default engine by using the
startup option, or by setting the
default-storage-engine option in
my.cnf configuration file.
You can set the default storage engine for the current session by
The storage engine for
TEMPORARY tables created
TEMPORARY TABLE can be set separately from the engine
for permanent tables by setting the
either at startup or at runtime.
To convert a table from one storage engine to another, use an
ALTER TABLE statement that
indicates the new engine:
ALTER TABLE t ENGINE = InnoDB;
If you try to use a storage engine that is not compiled in or that
is compiled in but deactivated, MySQL instead creates a table
using the default storage engine. For example, in a replication
setup, perhaps your source server uses
tables for maximum safety, but the replica servers use other
storage engines for speed at the expense of durability or
By default, a warning is generated whenever
CREATE TABLE or
ALTER TABLE cannot use the default
storage engine. To prevent confusing, unintended behavior if the
desired engine is unavailable, enable the
NO_ENGINE_SUBSTITUTION SQL mode.
If the desired engine is unavailable, this setting produces an
error instead of a warning, and the table is not created or
altered. See Section 7.1.11, “Server SQL Modes”.
MySQL may store a table's index and data in one or more other files, depending on the storage engine. Table and column definitions are stored in the MySQL data dictionary. Individual storage engines create any additional files required for the tables that they manage. If a table name contains special characters, the names for the table files contain encoded versions of those characters as described in Section 11.2.4, “Mapping of Identifiers to File Names”.