How To Delete an Existing Column in a Table

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How To Delete an Existing Column in a Table? - MySQL FAQs - Understanding SQL CREATE, ALTER and DROP Statements

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If you have an existing column in a table and you do not need that column any more, you can delete it with "ALTER TABLE ... DROP COLUMN" statement. Here is a tutorial script to delete an existing column:

mysql> ALTER TABLE tip DROP COLUMN create_date;
Query OK, 1 row affected (0.48 sec)
Records: 1  Duplicates: 0  Warnings: 0

mysql> SELECT * FROM tip;
+----+-------------+-------------------------+--------+
| id | subject     | description             | author |
+----+-------------+-------------------------+--------+
|  1 | Learn MySQL | Visit dev.fyicenter.com | NULL   |
+----+-------------+-------------------------+--------+
1 row in set (0.00 sec)

As you can see the column "create_date" is gone.

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