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I need to get a count of how many databases are living on my server. Should be a simple query, right?

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If you actually just want the count, and not a list you can also use a query like this.

SELECT count(*) FROM information_schema.SCHEMATA;
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Thanks, y'all. For some reason google was not able to find anything useful. – Matt Herzog Sep 3 '10 at 18:27

In mysql:

  show schemas;

Quick & simple.

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