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Adding new enum column to an existing MySQL table using Python

  • Last Updated : 25 Feb, 2021

Prerequisite: Python: MySQL Create Table

In this article, we are going to see how to add a new enum column to an existing MySQL table using Python. Python allows the integration of a wide range of database servers with applications. A database interface is required to access a database from Python. MySQL Connector-Python module is an API in python for communicating with a MySQL database. 

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Database table in use:

We are going to use geeks(Database name) database and table describing the salary.


  • Import module.
  • Make a connection request with the database.
  • Create an object for the database cursor.
  • Execute the following MySQL query:
ALTER TABLE table_name ADD colunm_name  ENUM('field1','field2',...)
  • And print the result.

Below is the implementation with python:


# Establish connection to MySQL database
import mysql.connector
db = mysql.connector.connect(
  host = "localhost",
  user = "root",
  password = "rot23",
  database = "geeks"
# getting the cursor by cursor() method
mycursor = db.cursor()
query = "ALTER TABLE store ADD Department  ENUM('Sweet','Snaks');"
mycursor.execute(" desc store;"
myresult = mycursor.fetchall() 
for row in myresult: 
# close the Connection


Let’s check on SQL shell:

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