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INSERT INTO – SQL Data Insertion

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Published Aug 9, 2017
Updated Oct 9, 2019

TL;DR – To insert new records in a table, the INSERT INTO statement is used. You can insert a whole new row and or just the selected data.

Inserting values into specified column names

Example
INSERT INTO mytable_name (column1, column2, column3, ...)
VALUES (value1, value2, value3, ...);

Adding values for all the table columns

Example
INSERT INTO mytable_name
VALUES (value1, value2, value3, ...);

Example using a demo database

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The Developers table

ID Name City Country
1 Tom Kurkutis New York USA
2 Ana Fernandez London UK
3 Antonio Indigo Paris France
4 Aarav Kaelin Delhi India
5 Andrew Tumota Miami USA

Inserting a new row

Example
INSERT INTO Developers (Name, City, Country)
VALUES ('Luke Christon', 'London', 'UK');

The result

ID Name City Country
1 Tom Kurkutis New York USA
2 Ana Fernandez London UK
3 Antonio Indigo Paris France
4 Aarav Kaelin Delhi India
5 Andrew Tumota Miami USA
6 Luke Christon London UK

Note: the ID column is automatically updated with a unique number for each table record.

Inserting a row with data in two columns

Example
INSERT INTO Customers (Name, City)
VALUES ('Winston Wellington', 'Oslo');

The result

ID Name City Country
1 Tom Kurkutis New York USA
2 Ana Fernandez London UK
3 Antonio Indigo Paris France
4 Aarav Kaelin Delhi India
5 Andrew Tumota Miami USA
6 Luke Christon London UK
7 Winston Wellington Oslo Null

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