MySQL sample databases: for testing and training

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Sometimes it's useful to have a set of data prepared to be used on a fresh MySQL install for testing purposes. Or you might be preparing some training or workshop and want to prepare examples with fake information. For MySQL there are some choices available:

  • Employees Sample Database: provides a combination of a large base of data (approximately 160MB) spread over six separate tables and consisting of 4 million records in total.
  • Sakila Sample Database: is intended to provide a standard schema that can be used for examples in books, tutorials, articles, samples, and so forth. Sakila sample database also serves to highlight the latest features of MySQL such as Views, Stored Procedures, and Triggers.
  • BIRT Sample Database: The schema is for Classic Models, a retailer of scale models of classic cars. The database contains typical business data such as customers, orders, order line items, products and so on.
In general, you can download a single ZIP file with the schema creation and the data loading in separate scripts.

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  1. Here is also a list of sample databases: