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Finding all tables with a specific column name in MySQL

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General table Cookbook
schedule Jul 1, 2022
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It is possible to check for all tables within a database that contain a specific column name using the below:

SELECT DISTINCT TABLE_NAME
FROM INFORMATION_SCHEMA.COLUMNS
WHERE COLUMN_NAME IN ('specific_column1')
AND TABLE_SCHEMA='specific_database';

specific_column1 represents the column name you would like to check for.

specific_database represents the database that tables you would like to search for reside in.

Example

To locate all tables containing the column student_id within the people database:

SELECT DISTINCT TABLE_NAME
FROM INFORMATION_SCHEMA.COLUMNS
WHERE COLUMN_NAME IN ('student_id')
AND TABLE_SCHEMA='people';
+----------------------+
| TABLE_NAME |
+----------------------+
| copy_drivers_license |
| drivers_license |
| extracurricular |
| new_drivers_license |
| students |
| students_copy |
+----------------------+
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