MySQLi - Drop Database

Drop a Database using mysqladmin

You would need special privileges to create or to delete a MySQL database. So, assuming you have access to the root user, you can create any database using the mysql mysqladmin binary.

Be careful while deleting any database because you will lose your all the data available in your database.

Here is an example to delete a database(TUTORIALS) created in the previous chapter −

[root@host]# mysqladmin -u root -p drop TUTORIALS
Enter password:******

This will give you a warning and it will confirm if you really want to delete this database or not.

Dropping the database is potentially a very bad thing to do.
Any data stored in the database will be destroyed.

Do you really want to drop the 'TUTORIALS' database [y/N] y
Database "TUTORIALS" dropped

Drop Database using PHP Script

PHP uses mysqli query() or mysql_query() function to drop a MySQL database. This function takes two parameters and returns TRUE on success or FALSE on failure.



Sr.No. Parameter & Description


Required - SQL query to drop a MySQL database.



Optional - Either the constant MYSQLI_USE_RESULT or MYSQLI_STORE_RESULT depending on the desired behavior. By default, MYSQLI_STORE_RESULT is used.


Try the following example to drop a database −

Copy and paste the following example as mysql_example.php −

   <head><title>Dropping MySQL Database</title></head>
         $dbhost = 'localhost';
         $dbuser = 'root';
         $dbpass = 'root@123';
         $mysqli = new mysqli($dbhost, $dbuser, $dbpass);
         if($mysqli->connect_errno ) {
            printf("Connect failed: %s<br />", $mysqli->connect_error);
         printf('Connected successfully.<br />');

         if ($mysqli->query("Drop DATABASE TUTORIALS")) {
            printf("Database TUTORIALS dropped successfully.<br />");
         if ($mysqli->errno) {
            printf("Could not drop database: %s<br />", $mysqli->error);


Access the mysql_example.php deployed on apache web server and verify the output.

Connected successfully.
Database TUTORIALS dropped successfully.