Renaming a column

If you may decide that having a column named type can be confusing, because that is the name used by MySQL to identify data types. Again, no problem—let’s change its name to category, like this:

ALTER TABLE classics CHANGE type category VARCHAR(16);

Note the addition of VARCHAR(16) on the end of this command. That’s because the CHANGE keyword requires the data type to be specified, even if you don’t intend to change it, and VARCHAR(16) was the data type specified when that column was initially created as type