How to fix no database selected MySQL error

The error no database selected frequently occurs in MySQL when you perform a statement without selecting a database first.

In the following example, I tried to query a students table immediately after connecting to the mysql command line:

mysql> SELECT * FROM students;

ERROR 1046 (3D000): No database selected

To resolve this error, you need to first select a database to use in the command line by running the USE command:

USE [database_name]

You need to replace [database_name] with the name of a database that exists in your MySQL server.

You can also list the names of all databases available on your server with the SHOW DATABASES command.

The following shows the output on my computer:


| Database           |
| information_schema |
| mysql              |
| performance_schema |
| school_db          |
| sys                |
| test_db            |

Next, issue the USE command as shown below:

mysql> USE school_db;
Reading table information for completion of table and column names
You can turn off this feature to get a quicker startup with -A

Database changed

The error should be resolved once mysql responds with Database changed as shown above.

The same applies when you’re using a graphical user interface for managing MySQL databases like MySQL Workbench or Sequel Ace.

Just run the USE command before running any other statements:

USE school_db;
SELECT * FROM students;
SELECT * FROM cities;

The error can also happen when you run a .sql script file from the command line without adding a USE command:

mysql -uroot -p < ./files/query.sql
Enter password: 

ERROR 1046 (3D000) at line 1: No database selected

To run the .sql file, you need to add a USE statement inside the SQL file itself.

Alternatively, you can also select the database you want to use from the command line as follows:

mysql -uroot -p school_db < ./files/query.sql   
Enter password: 

id	name
3	Bristol
4	Liverpool
1	London
2	York

You need to add your database name after the -p option and before the < symbol.

And that’s how you can resolve the error no database selected in MySQL database server 😉

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