How to find the MySQL collation and character set?

To find the collation of a database

mysql> SELECT DEFAULT_COLLATION_NAME FROM information_schema.SCHEMATA WHERE SCHEMA_NAME = ‘exampledb’ LIMIT 1;

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| DEFAULT_COLLATION_NAME |
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| utf8_general_ci |
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To find the characterset of a MySQL database

mysql> SELECT default_character_set_name FROM information_schema.SCHEMATA S WHERE schema_name = “exampledb”;

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