The Information Schema ENGINES table displays status information about the server's storage engines.

It contains the following columns:

ColumnDescription
ENGINEName of the storage engine.
SUPPORTWhether the engine is the default, or is supported or not.
COMMENTStorage engine comments.
TRANSACTIONSWhether or not the engine supports transactions.
XAWhether or not the engine supports XA transactions.
SAVEPOINTSWhether or not savepoints are supported.

It provides identical information to the SHOW ENGINES statement. Since storage engines are plugins, different information about them is also shown in the Information Schema PLUGINS table and by the SHOW PLUGINS statement.

The table is not a standard Information Schema table, and is a MySQL and MariaDB extension.

Note that both MySQL's InnoDB and Percona's XtraDB replacement are labeled as InnoDB. However, if XtraDB is in use, it will be specified in the COMMENT field. See XtraDB and InnoDB. The same applies to FederatedX.

Example

SELECT * FROM ENGINES\G;
*************************** 1. row ***************************
      ENGINE: InnoDB
     SUPPORT: DEFAULT
     COMMENT: Supports transactions, row-level locking, and foreign keys
TRANSACTIONS: YES
          XA: YES
  SAVEPOINTS: YES
*************************** 2. row ***************************
      ENGINE: CSV
     SUPPORT: YES
     COMMENT: CSV storage engine
TRANSACTIONS: NO
          XA: NO
  SAVEPOINTS: NO
*************************** 3. row ***************************
      ENGINE: MyISAM
     SUPPORT: YES
     COMMENT: MyISAM storage engine
TRANSACTIONS: NO
          XA: NO
  SAVEPOINTS: NO
*************************** 4. row ***************************
      ENGINE: BLACKHOLE
     SUPPORT: YES
     COMMENT: /dev/null storage engine (anything you write to it disappears)
TRANSACTIONS: NO
          XA: NO
  SAVEPOINTS: NO
*************************** 5. row ***************************
      ENGINE: FEDERATED
     SUPPORT: YES
     COMMENT: FederatedX pluggable storage engine
TRANSACTIONS: YES
          XA: NO
  SAVEPOINTS: YES
*************************** 6. row ***************************
      ENGINE: MRG_MyISAM
     SUPPORT: YES
     COMMENT: Collection of identical MyISAM tables
TRANSACTIONS: NO
          XA: NO
  SAVEPOINTS: NO
*************************** 7. row ***************************
      ENGINE: ARCHIVE
     SUPPORT: YES
     COMMENT: Archive storage engine
TRANSACTIONS: NO
          XA: NO
  SAVEPOINTS: NO
*************************** 8. row ***************************
      ENGINE: MEMORY
     SUPPORT: YES
     COMMENT: Hash based, stored in memory, useful for temporary tables
TRANSACTIONS: NO
          XA: NO
  SAVEPOINTS: NO
*************************** 9. row ***************************
      ENGINE: PERFORMANCE_SCHEMA
     SUPPORT: YES
     COMMENT: Performance Schema
TRANSACTIONS: NO
          XA: NO
  SAVEPOINTS: NO
*************************** 10. row ***************************
      ENGINE: Aria
     SUPPORT: YES
     COMMENT: Crash-safe tables with MyISAM heritage
TRANSACTIONS: NO
          XA: NO
  SAVEPOINTS: NO
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Check if a given storage engine is available:

SELECT SUPPORT FROM INFORMATION_SCHEMA.ENGINES WHERE ENGINE LIKE 'tokudb';
Empty set

Check which storage engine supports XA transactions:

SELECT ENGINE FROM INFORMATION_SCHEMA.ENGINES WHERE XA = 'YES';
+--------+
| ENGINE |
+--------+
| InnoDB |
+--------+

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