MySQL - How to Drop a Database?

MySQL: How to Delete a Database

In MySQL, databases are used to store collections of tables. If you no longer need a database, you can delete it. In this article, we will learn how to delete a database in MySQL.


Before we begin, you should have the following:

  • Administrative privileges to delete databases

Deleting a Database

To delete a database in MySQL, follow these

  1. Open the MySQL client.
  2. Log in to the MySQL server using the following command:
mysql -u username -p

Replace username with your MySQL username. You will be prompted to enter your password.

  1. Once you are logged in, use the following command to delete the database:

Replace dbname with the name of the database you want to delete.

  1. Verify that the database has been deleted by using the following command:

This will display a list of all the databases on the MySQL server, excluding the one you just deleted.

Warning: Be careful when using the DROP DATABASE command as it permanently deletes the database and all its tables and data.

Drop Database and Visually Manage MySql using DbSchema

DbSchema is a MySQL client and visual designer. DbSchema has a free Community Edition, which can be downloaded here.

Drop Database >

Drop Database

Open an SQL Editor in DbSchema, type and execute the drop database command

DbSchema Designer alt >

Interactive Diagrams

Design tables, column and foreign keys directly in diagrams.

Connection Dialog alt >

Simple Connection Dialog

Choose the database location, the user and password, and simply get connected.

Relational Data Explorer alt >

Relational Data Explorer

Explore data from multiple tables simultaneously, using foreign keys or virtual foreign keys.

Query Builder alt >

Query Builder

Create SQL Queries using the mouse.

SQL Query Editor alt >

SQL Query Editor

Edit and execute SQL Queries

Schema Synchronization alt >

Design Schema in Team & Schema Deployment

DbSchema is using the design model, a copy of the schema structure, independent of the database.
The design model can be saved to file and shared in a team.
Connecting to another database you may compare the design model with the database, commit the differences or merge them in the design model.

Dark Theme alt >

Dark Theme

Configurable styles & dark theme.


Deleting a database in MySQL is a simple process. You just need to log in to the MySQL server and use the DROP DATABASE command to delete the database. Remember to use this command with caution as it permanently deletes the database and all its data.