Syntax

SHOW [STORAGE] ENGINES

Description

SHOW ENGINES displays status information about the server's storage engines. This is particularly useful for checking whether a storage engine is supported, or to see what the default engine is. SHOW TABLE TYPES is a deprecated synonym.

The Information Schema ENGINES table provides the same information.

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

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.

The output consists of the following columns:

  • Engine indicates the engine's name.
  • Support indicates whether the engine is installed, and whether it is the default engine for the current session.
  • Comment is a brief description.
  • Transactions, XA and Savepoints indicate whether transactions, XA transactions and transaction savepoints are supported by the engine.

Examples

SHOW 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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