It is very easy to drop an existing MySQL table. But you need to be very careful while deleting
any existing table because data lost will not be recovered after deleting a table.
Here is generic SQL syntax to drop a MySQL table:
DROP TABLE table_name ;
This needs just to execute DROP TABLE SQL command at mysql> prompt.
Here is an example which deletes tutorials_tbl:
root@host# mysql -u root -p
mysql> use TUTORIALS;
mysql> DROP TABLE tutorials_tbl
Query OK, 0 rows affected (0.8 sec)
To drop an existing table in any database you would need to use PHP function mysql_query().
You will pass its second argument with proper SQL command to drop a table.
<title>Creating MySQL Tables</title>
$dbhost = 'localhost:3036';
$dbuser = 'root';
$dbpass = 'rootpassword';
$conn = mysql_connect($dbhost, $dbuser, $dbpass);
if(! $conn )
die('Could not connect: ' . mysql_error());
echo 'Connected successfully<br />';
$sql = "DROP TABLE tutorials_tbl";
mysql_select_db( 'TUTORIALS' );
$retval = mysql_query( $sql, $conn );
if(! $retval )
die('Could not delete table: ' . mysql_error());
echo "Table deleted successfully\n";
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