Drew Hall Drew Hall - 8 months ago 21
SQL Question

MySQL: How to determine foreign key relationships programmatically?

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How can I programmatically determine foreign key references in MySQL (assuming InnoDB)? I can almost get them with:


...but alas, the comment column which seems to contain some of this info gets truncated so I can't rely on it. There must be some other way...

I'd be happy with a C API call, a SQL statement, anything--I just need something that consistently works.

Note: I've also considered parsing the results of a "SHOW CREATE TABLE MyTableName" statement, but I'm really hoping there's something simpler.


There are two tables you can query to get this information: INFORMATION_SCHEMA.TABLE_CONSTRAINTS and INFORMATION_SCHEMA.KEY_COLUMN_USAGE.

Here's a query from the comments on the latter page linked above, which demonstrates how to get the info you seek.

SELECT CONCAT( table_name, '.', column_name, ' -> ', 
  referenced_table_name, '.', referenced_column_name ) AS list_of_fks 
WHERE referenced_table_schema = 'test' 
  AND referenced_table_name IS NOT NULL 
ORDER BY table_name, column_name;

Use your schema name instead of 'test' above.