Use the Columns tab to display and edit all the column information for a table. With this tab, you can add, drop, and alter columns.
You can also use the Columns tab to change column properties such as name, data type, and default value. The following figure shows an example of the Columns tab.
Right-click a row under the
Column Name column
to open a pop-up menu with the following items:
_copy1is appended to the column name.
Shift key. Use the Control key to select separated columns.: Select multiple contiguous columns by right-clicking and pressing the
Columns tab.: Update all information in the
To add a column, click the
Column Name field in
an empty row and enter an appropriate value. Select a data type
from the Datatype list. Select the column
property check boxes as required according to the list of column
properties below, and also read the
CREATE TABLE documentation for
information about what these options mean.
PK: PRIMARY KEY
NN: NOT NULL
UQ: UNIQUE INDEX
G: Generated Column
This option is available as of MySQL Server 5.7.
To change the name, data type, default value, or comment of a column, double-click the value to edit it.
You can also add column comments to the
Comment field. It is also possible to set the column
collation, using the list in the Column
To the left of the column name is an icon that indicates whether
the column is a member of the primary key. If the icon is a small
key, that column belongs to the primary key, otherwise the icon is
a blue diamond or a white diamond. A blue diamond indicates the
column has NN set. To add or remove a column
from the primary key, double-click the icon. You can also add a
primary key by checking the
PRIMARY KEY check
box in the
Column Details section of the table
If you wish to create a composite primary key you can select multiple columns and check the PK check box. However, there is an additional step that is required, you must click the Indexes tab, then in the Index Columns panel you must set the desired order of the primary keys.
When entering default values, in the case of
types MySQL Workbench will attempt to automatically add quotation
marks, if the user does not start their entry with one. For
other data types the user must manage quoting if required, as it
will not be handled automatically by MySQL Workbench.
Care must be taken when entering a default value for
ENUM columns because a non-numeric default
will not be automatically quoted. You must manually add single
quote characters for the default value. Note that MySQL Workbench
will not prevent you from
entering the default value without the single quotation marks.
If a non-numeric default value is entered without quotation
marks, this will lead to errors. For example, if the model is
reverse engineered, the script will contain unquoted default
ENUM columns and will fail if an
attempt is made to run the script on MySQL Server.
ENUM, BIT, and SET must contain at least one value when entering these data types into MySQL Workbench.