MariaDB - Select Database

After connecting to MariaDB, you must select a database to work with because many databases may exist. There are two ways to perform this task: from the command prompt or through a PHP script.

The Command Prompt

In choosing a database at the command prompt, simply utilize the SQL command ‘use’

[root@host]# mysql -u root -p

Enter password:******

mysql> use PRODUCTS;

Database changed

mysql> SELECT database();  
| Database                | 
| PRODUCTS                | 

Once you select a database, all subsequent commands will operate on the chosen database.

Note − All names (e.g., database, table, fields) are case sensitive. Ensure commands conform to the proper case.

PHP Select Database Script

PHP provides the mysql_select_db function for database selection. The function uses two parameters, one optional, and returns a value of “true” on successful selection, or false on failure.


Review the following select database script syntax.

bool mysql_select_db( db_name, connection );

The description of the parameters is given below −

S.No Parameter & Description


This required parameter specifies the name of the database to use.



When not specified, this optional parameter uses the most recent connection used.

Try the following example code for selecting a database −

      <title>Select a MariaDB Database</title>

         $dbhost = 'localhost:3036';
         $dbuser = 'guest1';
         $dbpass = 'guest1a';
         $conn = mysql_connect($dbhost, $dbuser, $dbpass);
         if(! $conn ) {
            die('Could not connect: ' . mysql_error());
         echo 'Connected successfully';
         mysql_select_db( 'PRODUCTS' );

On successful selection, you will see the following output −

mysql> Connected successfully