Understanding MySQL Stored Procedures and Functions: A Command Line Approach

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  • MySQL: A popular open-source relational database management system (RDBMS) used for storing and managing data.
  • Database: A collection of structured data organized into tables, often residing on a server and accessed by applications.
  • Stored Procedures (SPs): Reusable blocks of SQL statements that perform specific tasks within a database. They encapsulate complex logic and can improve code organization and maintainability.
  • Stored Functions (SFs): Functions written in SQL or a combination of SQL and another programming language (like PL/SQL in MySQL) that return a value. They are useful for performing calculations or manipulations within the database.

Command Line Interface (CLI):

  • The MySQL CLI allows you to interact with the MySQL server directly from your terminal or command prompt.

Commands to Show Procedures and Functions:


    • Lists information about all stored procedures in the current database.
    • Syntax: SHOW PROCEDURE STATUS [LIKE 'pattern'];
      • pattern (optional): A wildcard pattern to filter procedures by name.
  2. SHOW CREATE PROCEDURE procedure_name:

    • Shows the SQL code used to create a specific stored procedure.
    • Syntax: SHOW CREATE PROCEDURE procedure_name;
  3. SHOW CREATE FUNCTION function_name:

    • Syntax: SHOW CREATE FUNCTION function_name;


  1. Connect to your MySQL server using the mysql command and provide your credentials.

  2. Use SHOW PROCEDURE STATUS; to list all stored procedures in the current database.

    • The output will include details like procedure name, type, definer, and creation time.
  3. Use SHOW PROCEDURE STATUS LIKE 'my_procedure%'; to find procedures whose names start with "my_procedure".

  4. Use SHOW CREATE PROCEDURE my_procedure; to view the exact SQL code that defines the stored procedure my_procedure.

Additional Notes:

  • You might need appropriate privileges (like SHOW_ROUTINE) to view stored procedures and functions.
  • The SHOW PROCEDURE CODE and SHOW FUNCTION CODE statements can display the internal implementation details of stored routines (requires debugging support on the server).

By using these commands, you can effectively manage stored procedures and functions within your MySQL database.

Scenario 1: Listing All Stored Procedures

# Connect to MySQL server (replace with your credentials)
mysql -u username -p password

# List all stored procedures in the current database

This code will first connect to the MySQL server using the provided username and password. Then, it will execute the SHOW PROCEDURE STATUS; command to display information about all stored procedures, including their names, types, definers, creation times, and other details.

Scenario 2: Filtering Procedures by Name

# Connect to MySQL server (replace with your credentials)
mysql -u username -p password

# List procedures whose names start with "my_proc_"

This code filters the list of procedures to only show those whose names begin with the string "my_proc_". The LIKE operator allows for wildcard patterns in the procedure name.

Scenario 3: Viewing Stored Procedure Definition

# Connect to MySQL server (replace with your credentials)
mysql -u username -p password

# Show the SQL code for the procedure named "update_customer"
SHOW CREATE PROCEDURE update_customer;

This code retrieves the exact SQL statements used to create the stored procedure named "update_customer". This can be helpful for understanding the logic implemented within the procedure.

Scenario 4: Listing Stored Functions

# Connect to MySQL server (replace with your credentials)
mysql -u username -p password

# List all stored functions in the current database

This code displays information about all stored functions, similar to how it works for procedures.

Remember to replace username and password with your actual MySQL credentials in these examples.


  • phpMyAdmin is a popular web-based administration tool for MySQL. It offers a user-friendly interface to manage your database, including viewing and editing stored procedures and functions.
    • Steps:
      1. Access your phpMyAdmin interface (usually through http://localhost/phpmyadmin).
      2. Select the database containing the procedures and functions.
      3. In the left panel, navigate to the "Routine" section.
      4. You'll see a list of all procedures and functions. Click on a specific one to view its details or definition.

MySQL Workbench:

  • MySQL Workbench is a graphical tool for managing MySQL databases. It allows you to connect to servers, create and edit objects (including procedures and functions), and view their definitions visually.
    • Steps:
      1. Open MySQL Workbench and connect to your MySQL server.
      2. In the left panel, navigate to the database schema containing the procedures and functions.
      3. Right-click on the "Routines" node and select "Refresh Routines" to update the list.
      4. You'll see a list of all procedures and functions. Double-click on a specific one to view its definition in the editor.

GUI Tools for Specific Programming Languages:

  • Some programming languages or frameworks might have built-in tools or plugins for connecting to MySQL and managing stored routines. These tools often provide visual representations of the procedures and functions, making it easier to understand their logic.

Choosing the Right Method:

  • The best method depends on your preferences and workflow.
  • The command line offers a quick and efficient way for experienced users who prefer text-based interaction.
  • phpMyAdmin and MySQL Workbench provide user-friendly interfaces for those who prefer a visual approach.
  • GUI tools specific to programming languages can integrate seamlessly with your development environment.

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