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PHP myAdmin – Change Field Order (Move Up Or Down)

Posted by: admin November 1, 2017 Leave a comment

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How do I change the order of my table fields without deleting the field and re-inserting it, using PHP myAdmin?

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ALTER TABLE `table_name` MODIFY `column_you_want_to_move` DATATYPE AFTER `column`

DATATYPE is something like DATETIME or VARCHAR(20) ..etc

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Something like this will help

ALTER TABLE Person MODIFY COLUMN last_name VARCHAR(50) AFTER first_name;

This will move last_name right after first_name in order.

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If you have phpMyAdmin 4.0.0+, you can use the phpMyAdmin Feature under Structure:

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http://dev.mysql.com/doc/refman/5.0/en/change-column-order.html

From the Aforementioned Source:

If you decide to change the order of table columns anyway, you can do so as follows:

  1. Create a new table with the columns in the new order.

  2. Execute this statement:

    mysql> INSERT INTO new_table
    -> SELECT columns-in-new-order FROM old_table;

  3. Drop or rename old_table.

  4. Rename the new table to the original name:

    mysql> ALTER TABLE new_table RENAME old_table;

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Since version 4.0, phpMyAdmin has a “Move columns” dialog in Structure, that permits you to graphically move columns in the structure.

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alter table table_name modify column col_name type after col_name

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Another alternative:

CREATE new_table SELECT columns-in-new-order FROM old_table;

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if you have MySQL Workbench you can easily reorder columns using mouse, graphically.

Just connect to your database, select your table and after right click, alter table and then drag columns to reorder them.