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Data Types in MySQL

Data types in MySQL refer to the type or format of data that is stored in a particular column of a table. These data types define the size and type of values that can be stored in a particular column. In this tutorial, we'll go through the different data types supported by MySQL.


The syntax for defining a column in MySQL with a particular data type is as follows:

column_name data_type;

For example, to create a column called "id" with data type "integer":

id int;


Here are some examples of different data types in MySQL:

  • INT - used to store whole numbers.
  • VARCHAR - used to store strings of variable length.
  • TEXT - used to store large strings of text.
  • DATE - used to store dates.
  • TIME - used to store times.
  • DATETIME - used to store dates and times.
  • FLOAT - used to store floating-point numbers.
  • DOUBLE - used to store double-precision floating-point numbers.

Here's an example of creating a table with different data types:

CREATE TABLE employees (
  id INT,
  first_name VARCHAR(50),
  last_name VARCHAR(50),
  hire_date DATE,
  salary FLOAT


When we run the example code above, no output is produced. Instead, the code creates a table called "employees" with columns for id (an integer), first name and last name (both varchar), hire date (a date), and salary (a float).


In the example above, we created a table called "employees" with five columns, each with a different data type. The "id" column is an integer (INT), the "first_name" and "last_name" columns are strings (VARCHAR), the "hire_date" column is a date, and the "salary" column is a float.


Defining data types in MySQL is important because it helps ensure that the correct data is stored in each column. By using the appropriate data type, you can help prevent errors and ensure that the data in your database is consistent and accurate.

Important Points

  • MySQL supports a wide range of data types for storing different types of data.
  • The data type you choose depends on the type of data you need to store and the amount of storage space you need.
  • Defining the correct data type for a column can help prevent errors and ensure data consistency.


In this tutorial, we went over the different data types supported by MySQL. We covered the syntax, examples, output, explanation, use, and important points of data types in MySQL. With this knowledge, you can create tables that store the correct data and prevent data errors in your MySQL application.

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