For my scenario I have already created a database user id that is auto incremented and they have already put their company id number in the registration. In the registration table both inputs are stored, but I would like to combine both together in a (database_id) (user_id) + "_" + (company_id) form so that everyone who has signed up for the application is unique in the database. Would this be possible?

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    That leaves a lot open. For starters please post the table definition as CREATE TABLE statement and the version of MySQL you're using. Also, what is the database_id meant to be? Is this for some multitenant application?
    – sticky bit
    Jun 30, 2018 at 18:28
  • database_id is the id I am assigning to all users that sign up for the application I am creating. It is auto incremented starting at 1 so each user is given a number, but also I want to combine that with the company id that's already assigned to them. Also this version is 6.3.10
    – wonderhead
    Jun 30, 2018 at 18:35
  • OK, so its actually a user ID and a company ID (misleading names you chose). 6.3.10 is rather the version of MySQL Workbench, I guess. But the client isn't important here. I wanted to know the server version. And the tables' DDL are still missing.
    – sticky bit
    Jun 30, 2018 at 18:42

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Well, I think the questions is not well formulated, but as far as I got it:

  • You have a table containing two columns user_id and company_id
  • You have set the user_id to be AUTO_INCREMENT (so it's a PRIMARY KEY)
  • You are willing to change this column to user_id + "_" + company_id to make it UNIQUE

Answer: you're doing it wrong

Both data must not be concatenated.

Instead, what you want is a (user_id, company_id) UNIQUE KEY, which can be done with an ALTER TABLE my_table ADD UNIQUE INDEX user_company (user_id, company_id).

Thus, the way you want your AUTO_INCREMENT to work is not clear. IMO, you should remove it from the user_id, and add it on a new dedicated column id. Then, when you INSERT/UPDATE in that table, you'll have to know the user_id you're inserting/updating, which makes sense since that user_id is no longer UNIQUE to identify a row.

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