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How to add a new AUTO_INCREMENT field to an existing table?

I am trying to add an AUTO_INCREMENT field to a table that already exists and I keep receiving errors when trying to do it. Can be pointed me in the right direction on how it can be done? I have access via phpMyAdmin.

Answer No: 27

ALTER TABLE [table] ADD [fieldname] [integer type] not null auto_increment key;
Example query:
ALTER TABLE buyers ADD buyer_no INT NOT NULL AUTO_INCREMENT KEY;
or if you want it to be the primary key:
ALTER TABLE [table] ADD [fieldname] [integer type] 
NOT NULL AUTO_INCREMENT PRIMARY KEY;
Example query:
ALTER TABLE buyers ADD buyer_no INT NOT NULL AUTO_INCREMENT PRIMARY KEY;
Keep in mind that you can have only one AUTO_INCREMENT column and it must be part of a key.

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