Need to delete a table or mutiple tables from phpMyAdmin? In 6 easy steps, we show you how to drop a table from your MySQL or MariaDB database. Managing databases and tables from within PhpMyAdmin is straightforward.
Managing databases and tables from within PhpMyAdmin is straightforward. However, the potential for removing data accidentally can be done just as easily. It is highly recommended that a recent backup is available before removing any data just in case any needed data was deleted accidentally. Also browsing through the data just to confirm it is what should be removed and is not being used by anything in a live environment. That said, this guide will help you remove columns and tables from a database.
To begin, log in to PhpMyAdmin with a user that has proper permissions for the database you want to manage. Let’s start with dropping a column from a table. In this case, the database name is lwtest_wpdb and the table is wp_test. First clicking on the + box next to the database name on the left navigation to see the tables, then click on the + box next to the table name and go to Columns.
This brings us to the Structure tab for the wp_test table. It shows the column names and some information about them. Check the box for one or more tables that you want to remove and then click on the Drop Action below the column list.
PhpMyAdmin then gives us a prompt showing the command it will run, “ALTER TABLE ‘wp_test’ DROP ‘Stock’;” So we can double-check that is the column we want to remove. Click on Yes to confirm, then the column will be dropped.
It brings us back to the Structure page and no longer has the Stock column listed there! Now to drop an entire table, click on the database name itself from the navigation on the left.
This brings us to the database’s structure tab that lists all the tables in that database. Check the box next to one or more tables that we wish to remove, and then clicking on the dropdown box below the list has options to Empty and Drop the table(s). If we just want to clear the data but maintain the structure of the table, we can select Empty. We want the table completely gone though, so select Drop.
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