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How to Display MySQL Storage Engines

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  • These instructions are intended for displaying a list of the installed MySQL storage engines.
  • I’ll be working from a Liquid Web Core Managed CentOS 6.5 server, and I’ll be logged in as root.

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How to Display MySQL Storage Engines

From the MySQL command line, issue the following command:

SHOW ENGINES;

You should receive a result similar to:

How to Display MySQL Storage Engines

Typically the default storage engine will be set to MyISAM. It is a derivative of the original ISAM engine type supported in early versions of the MySQL system. This storage engine provides the best combination of performance and functionality, although it lacks transaction capabilities and uses table-level locking.

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