How to write a comment in MySQL

Learn how to write comments in MySQL

Posted on September 29, 2021

MySQL database platform allows you to write comments in the .sql query file.

Comments in MySQL query can be either single or multiple lines, depending on what comment syntax you use in your file.

For single-line comments, you can use the following syntax:

  • -- double dash symbol followed by a space
  • # a hash symbol

Here’s an example of single-line comments in MySQL:

USE school_db; -- Use the database called school_db

SELECT * FROM students; # Select all from students table

Please note that you need to add a space after the double dash symbol for commenting with the double dash.

You don’t need to add a space if you’re using the hash symbol for comment.

You can also put an inline comment using the forward-slash and asterisk symbol (/*) followed by the closing tag asterisk and forward slash (*/) as follows:

/* This is also a valid MySQL comment */

The inline comment can be put in the middle of a query as shown below:

SELECT id, first_name /* , last_name */ FROM students;

The query above will run and fetch only the id and first_name column, ignoring the last_name column.

You can also create a multi-line comment using the forward-slash and asterisk symbol as follows:

 * Author: Nathan Sebhastian
 * Date: 29th Sep 2021
 * This query file is for students table

SELECT * FROM students;

A multi-line comment is commonly used to inform developers about the specs of the query file.

And that’s how you can write comments in MySQL 😉

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