In MySQL, an ENUM is actually a string object whose value is selected from the list of permitted values pre-defined during the time of a column creation. It is used because it provides compact data storage in addition to readable queries and output.

Here’s the difference between an ENUM and a SET

ENUM SET
The value should be one listed in the column definition or internal numeric equivalent. Must be an empty string consisting of values listed in column
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