I have to create a table Product with elements P, PType, PName, Price and Origin.

I need to have the constraint that all products with PType "Meat" must have "Europe" as Origin. I wanted to add the constraint in an alter table but I saw that using an alter table means modifying the original table after its creation, but I need to have this condition at the creation of the table. I don't know how to write this constraint, can someone give me a hint?

  • Do you want: option 1 - if PType = "Meat" but Origin != "Europe" then fail the query; option 2 - if PType = "Meat" then set Origin = "Europe" despite of assigned value (no fail).
    – Akina
    Apr 9, 2021 at 21:23

1 Answer 1


IN MySQL 8 (>= 8.0.16) You can use a CHECK CONSTRAINT

In older Versions you will need an INSERT/UPDATE TRIGGER

That said, you should also normalize your table and use a lookup (or reference/helper) table for an Origin id and a Type id.

    P INT 
  , PType varchar(19)
  , PName varchar(20)
  , Price DECIMAL(8,2)
  , Origin varchar(50)
  , CONSTRAINT CHK_type CHECK ((Ptype = 'meat' AND Origin ='Europe') 
                           OR Ptype <> 'meat' )

INSERT INTO Product VALUES (1,'meat','Kobe Beef',10000.00,'Japan')
Check constraint 'CHK_type' is violated.
INSERT INTO Product VALUES (1,'apple','Breaburn',10.00,'New Zealand')

db<>fiddle here

  • Thank you so much, it has been very helpful!
    – Ele975
    Apr 9, 2021 at 23:21
  • The constraint can be simplified to CHECK (Origin = 'Europe' OR Ptype <> 'meat') but I admit that your version is much more clear. Apr 10, 2021 at 10:06

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