What are MySQL triggers and how to use them?
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The MySQL 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. You can find detailed explanation of the trigger functionality including its syntax in the following article:


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Here is an example of a MySQL trigger:

  • 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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