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Zen Cart View Schema

Zen Cart View Schema

The View Schema mod allows you to see your database schema.

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Relevance: Zen Cart™ 1.5.1 and above

Current Version: 1.1 (version history)

Support Thread: View Schema Support Thread

Cost: Free, but donation appreciated

Installed Cost: $100.00 Buy Professional Installation by That Software Guy

Installation Difficulty: Easy

Installation Instructions: click here for installation instructions

Location: Zen Cart Plugins, under Admin Tools

Download: View Schema in Zen Cart Plugins

FAQ: click here for FAQ

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View Schema in a Zen Cart can help you quickly track down problems with your database. Compare the results of View Schema with a copy of mysql_zencart.sql (the database creation script) for your version of Zen Cart.

Here's how it looks:

View Schema in Zen Cart Admin

Zen Cart View Schema

Two things to notice:
  • the field address_book_id is bolded, since it is the primary key for the table.
  • The field customers_id is a link, because it is a foreign key. Clicking the link takes you to the entry for the customers table.

Installation Instructions:

  1. Back up everything! Try this in a test environment prior to installing it on a live shop.
  2. Copy the contents of the unzipped folder to the root directory of your shop.
  3. Run the view_schema.sql file against your database, using Admin > Tools > Install SQL Patches.

Major Versions

  • 1.1 03/07/2024 - Update for 2.0.0 (uses admin_html_head).
  • 1.0a 07/05/2020 - Fixed filename definition bug
  • 1.0 04/01/2020 - First Release


Q: How do I know what the original schema for my version looked like?
A: The most common versions of Zen Cart have schema documentation loaded on the documentation site.