Bug #21532 Support for DEFAULT in TEXT/BLOB columns
Submitted: 9 Aug 2006 9:28 Modified: 5 Oct 2008 10:05
Reporter: Ask Hansen (Basic Quality Contributor) Email Updates:
Status: Verified Impact on me:
Category:MySQL Server: DDL Severity:S4 (Feature request)
Version:5.0.25 OS:Any (All)
Assigned to: CPU Architecture:Any
Tags: qc, text columntype

[9 Aug 2006 9:28] Ask Hansen
TEXT columns don't support DEFAULT values.  It'd be nice if they did.

Before 5.0.25 there was some limited (although inconsistent support).  Notably you could specify a default value of ''.  As Jim said in http://bugs.mysql.com/bug.php?id=19498, it makes life a little easier for applications that automate some logic from the schema.

How to repeat:
See http://bugs.mysql.com/bug.php?id=19498

Suggested fix:
Implement DEFAULT for TEXT columns. 

To restore the (unintentional) pre-5.0.25 functionality it'd be helpful if just DEFAULT '' was supported.
[28 Aug 2006 12:27] Valeriy Kravchuk
Thank you for a reasonable feature request.
[4 Oct 2008 23:09] Konstantin Osipov
Which case specifically doesn't work?
[5 Oct 2008 2:01] Ask Hansen
Konstantin, there are some pretty specific examples in http://bugs.mysql.com/bug.php?id=19498
[5 Oct 2008 10:05] Konstantin Osipov
Test case:

drop table if exists bar1, bar3;
create table bar1 ( i int, abc text not null default '' );
show warnings;
create table bar3 ( i int, abc text not null default 'test' );


mysql> create table bar1 ( i int, abc text not null default '' );
Query OK, 0 rows affected, 1 warning (0.01 sec)

mysql> show warnings;
| Level   | Code | Message                                           |
| Warning | 1101 | BLOB/TEXT column 'abc' can't have a default value | 
1 row in set (0.00 sec)

mysql> create table bar3 ( i int, abc text not null default 'test' );
ERROR 1101 (42000): BLOB/TEXT column 'abc' can't have a default value
[5 Oct 2008 10:06] Konstantin Osipov
As can be observed from the execution log, there is no consistency (presence of a default sometimes yield an error, sometimes a warning), and, well, no support.
[5 Oct 2008 11:00] Konstantin Osipov
Bug#26798 ERROR 1101 (42000): BLOB/TEXT column 'b' can't have a default value was marked a duplicate of this bug.
[18 Feb 2010 7:26] Valeriy Kravchuk
Bug #51259 was marked as a duplicate of this one.
[23 Sep 2013 23:00] Stefan Neufeind
Still the case. Would be great to be able to give default-values just like for a varchar.

Missing to set a text-column in an insert-statement gives an error since no default-value is set. And trying to set for example an empty string as default doesn't work because blob/text can't have a default-value.
[15 Mar 2017 7:45] Stefan Neufeind
I expect it's not such a big thing to add this, is it?
[17 Mar 2017 15:11] Ståle Deraas
Posted by developer:
This is indeed a valid feature request, and at first glance it might seem trivial to add. But TEXT/BLOBS values are not stored directly in the record buffer used for reading/updating tables. So it is a bit more complex to assign default values for them.
[3 Oct 2018 9:33] Miklós Galicz
It would be nice to see it fixed after 12 years of opening the ticket...
[24 Jan 2019 20:38] Matthew Gallant
+1 This is still a thing in 2019
[9 Dec 2019 3:15] Tsubasa Tanaka
Is it supported 8.0.13 and later?

[12 Aug 2022 4:21] Trung Tran
Almost 2023, 17 years since the request was posted and still no solution. Is it that hard?
[4 May 7:43] Sébastien F.
At least we can now use functionnal default values :

create table bag (
    created_at datetime(6),
    v text default('<default-value>') -- Functionnal default

insert into bag (created_at) values(current_timestamp);
insert into bag (created_at) values(current_timestamp);

select all * from bag;