Working with MariaDB is in many ways the same as working with MySQL. You will be using a lot of the same commands and operations. As you may already know from working in MySQL, you must select a database to work with in order to perform various functions. Of course, you cannot work on multiple databases at once, you must select which database at a time with which you will be working. So in this article, you will see how to select and change an active database in MariaDB.
How to Change Databases on the MariaDB Command Line
First, you must log into your server using SSH. Then, as usual, log into the MariaDB command prompt:
mysql -u <username> -p
<username> with your actual username and provide your password.
In case you can’t remember the specific name of the database you want to use, you can always show databases with this command:
You can both select and switch between databases using the “use” command, as seen below:
At any point during your work you can “show” all databases with
SHOW DATABASES; and select a different database with
USE <databasename>; — of course, substituting
<databasename> with the actual name of the database you want to use.
How To Exit MariaDB Command Line
Now that you have completed your work on the command line, you will want to exit the MariaDB command prompt and return to your standard shell prompt. For most terminal emulators, you can exit the MariaDB command line by pressing
Ctrl-D on your keyboard or type
exit in lower case and hit