How to delete database table via phpMyAdmin in cPanel

How to delete database table via phpMyAdmin in cPanel

Deleting a database table via phpMyAdmin in cPanel is a straightforward process, but it’s important to proceed with caution. Once a table is deleted, it cannot be recovered unless you have a backup. Here’s how to delete a database table via phpMyAdmin in cPanel:

Steps to Delete a Database Table in phpMyAdmin

1. Log in to cPanel

  • Open your web browser and navigate to your cPanel login page, usually accessed via .
  • Enter your cPanel username and password to log in.

2. Access phpMyAdmin

  • Once logged in, look for the ‘Databases’ section on the cPanel dashboard.
  • Click on the ‘phpMyAdmin’ icon. This will open phpMyAdmin in a new tab or window.

3. Select the Database

  • In phpMyAdmin, you’ll see a list of databases on the left-hand side.
  • Click on the database that contains the table you want to delete. This will display all the tables within the database.

4. Locate the Table to Delete

  • Browse through the list of tables in the database and find the one you wish to delete.

5. Delete the Table

  • To delete a single table, click on the ‘Drop’ (or ‘Delete’) link next to the table name. This is usually represented by an icon resembling a trash can.
  • phpMyAdmin will ask you to confirm the action because this operation is irreversible. Ensure you are deleting the correct table.

6. Confirm the Deletion

  • If you are sure you want to delete the table, confirm the action. The table will be permanently deleted from the database.

Important Considerations

  • Backup: Always make sure you have a backup of your database before deleting any tables. If you realize later that you need the table, you can restore it from the backup.
  • Check Dependencies: Be aware of any application dependencies on the table. Deleting a table that is in use can cause your website or application to malfunction.
  • Export Table: If you’re unsure about deleting the table permanently, you can export it first. In phpMyAdmin, select the table and use the ‘Export’ option to save a copy of the table to your computer.


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