What is the default sort order in MySQL tables?



The default sort order in MySQL tables is ascending. Whenever we use ORDER BY clause to sort out the rows of a table, MySQL gives output in ascending order, with the smallest value first. Consider the following example from a table named ‘student’ −

mysql> Select * from student order by name;
+--------+--------+--------+
| Name   | RollNo | Grade  |
+--------+--------+--------+
| Aarav  | 150    | M.SC   |
| Aryan  | 165    | M.tech |
| Gaurav | 100    | B.tech |
+--------+--------+--------+
3 rows in set (0.00 sec)

We can see the query above gives the output, ordered by name, in ascending order, start with smallest value ‘Name’ column.


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