MySQL Triggers and How to Use Them

A trigger is a database object that is associated with a table. It will be activated when a defined action is executed for the table.

The trigger can be executed when you run one of the following MySQL statements on the table: INSERT, UPDATE and DELETE. It can be invoked before or after the event.

Triggers are available in MySQL 5.0.2 and later.

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An example of the MySQL triggers usage can be found below:

  •   First we will create the table for which the trigger will be set.

mysql> CREATE TABLE people (age INT, name varchar(150));


  •   Next we will define the trigger. It will be executed before every INSERT statement for the people table.

mysql> delimiter //
mysql> CREATE TRIGGER agecheck BEFORE INSERT ON people FOR EACH ROW IF NEW.age < 0 THEN SET NEW.age = 0; END IF;//
Query OK, 0 rows affected (0.00 sec)
mysql> delimiter ;


  •   We will insert two records to check the trigger functionality.

mysql> INSERT INTO people VALUES (-20, 'Sid'), (30, 'Josh');
Query OK, 2 rows affected (0.00 sec)
Records: 2 Duplicates: 0 Warnings: 0


  •   At the end we will check the result.

mysql> SELECT * FROM people;
| age | name |
| 0 | Sid |
| 30 | Josh |
2 rows in set (0.00 sec)

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