How can we use MySQL ALTER TABLE command for adding comments on columns?

We can use ‘COMMENT’ keyword with ALTER TABLE command while modifying the column to add comments on columns. For example if we want to add comment in column ‘id’ of table ‘testing’ then following query will do it −

mysql> ALTER TABLE testing MODIFY id INT COMMENT 'id of employees';
Query OK, 0 rows affected (0.07 sec)
Records: 0 Duplicates: 0 Warnings: 0

With following query it can be checked in the comment field of a column.

mysql> Show full columns from testing\G
*************************** 1. row ***************************
     Field: id
      Type: int(11)
 Collation: NULL
      Null: NO
       Key: PRI
   Default: 0
Privileges: select,insert,update,references
   Comment: id of employees
*************************** 2. row ***************************
     Field: Name
      Type: varchar(20)
 Collation: latin1_swedish_ci
      Null: YES
   Default: NULL
Privileges: select,insert,update,references
2 rows in set (0.05 sec)

Updated on: 29-Jan-2020

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