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What's the main difference between database and schema?
I would like to understand the main difference between databases and schemas.
Hey there, I didn't know the answer, but I found that one here
The answer is this one :
A database is the main container, it contains the data and log files, and all the schemas within it. You always back up a database, it is a discrete unit on its own.
Schemas are like folders within a database, and are mainly used to group logical objects together, which leads to ease of setting permissions by schema.
Tommy Choe38,156 Points
I know this an old post but I'd thought I'd share what I found so that others may benefit.
Apparently, in mySQL there is no real distinction between a database and schemas. They are used interchangeably. Whereas in some other languages, there is a clear distinction between them. In simple terms, schemas are pretty much a collection of tables and databases are collections of schemas.