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(PHP 4, PHP 5)

mysql_create_dbCreate a MySQL database


This extension is deprecated as of PHP 5.5.0, and will be removed in the future. Instead, the MySQLi or PDO_MySQL extension should be used. See also MySQL: choosing an API guide and related FAQ for more information. Alternatives to this function include:


bool mysql_create_db ( string $database_name [, resource $link_identifier = NULL ] )

mysql_create_db() attempts to create a new database on the server associated with the specified link identifier.



The name of the database being created.


The MySQL connection. If the link identifier is not specified, the last link opened by mysql_connect() is assumed. If no such link is found, it will try to create one as if mysql_connect() was called with no arguments. If no connection is found or established, an E_WARNING level error is generated.

Return Values

Returns TRUE on success or FALSE on failure.


Example #1 mysql_create_db() alternative example

The function mysql_create_db() is deprecated. It is preferable to use mysql_query() to issue an sql CREATE DATABASE statement instead.

if (!
$link) {
'Could not connect: ' mysql_error());

$sql 'CREATE DATABASE my_db';
if (
mysql_query($sql$link)) {
"Database my_db created successfully\n";
} else {
'Error creating database: ' mysql_error() . "\n";

The above example will output something similar to:

Database my_db created successfully



For backward compatibility, the following deprecated alias may be used: mysql_createdb()


This function will not be available if the MySQL extension was built against a MySQL 4.x client library.

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