How to exit MySQL command line client program

Posted on Nov 25, 2021

Learn how to exit MySQL command line client program


To exit the mysql command line client program, you need to issue an exit or quit command as follows:

mysql> exit
Bye
nsebhastian@fn-mac ~ $ # back to the command line

However, there are times when you enter the mysql prompt and can’t exit normally because MySQL thinks you are still issuing a query.

In the following example, I mistakenly typed SELECT and hit the ENTER key, causing the mysql client program to think I’m issuing a multi-line command.

When I run the exit command, I’m still inside the program as follows:

mysql> SELECT 
    -> exit
    -> 

This is because MySQL allows you to create a multi-line statement to run from the command line.

To stop this multi-line prompt mode, you need to issue the \c command to clear the current input statement:

mysql> SELECT 
    -> exit
    -> \c
mysql> 

The \c command cancels the current input and returns you to mysql prompt.

Alternatively, you can also send a semicolon ; to mysql so execute the current input.

It will probably cause an error, but it will take you back to the empty prompt:

mysql> SELECT
    -> exit
    -> ;
ERROR 1064 (42000): You have an error in your SQL syntax; 
check the manual that corresponds to your MySQL server version 
for the right syntax to use near 'exit' at line 2

mysql> 

Once you’re back in the empty prompt, you can run the exit command again.

Finally, if all else fails, you can try exiting mysql command line by using the CTRL + D command.

The command should terminate the current mysql session and return you to the command line prompt.

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