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SQL CREATE TABLE

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Published Aug 9, 2017
Updated Oct 9, 2019

TL;DR – The SQL CREATE TABLE command creates a new table in your database. Each table has a name and is organized into columns and rows. You can define the data held in the column by using the datatype parameter.

The SQL CREATE TABLE syntax

Example
CREATE TABLE mytable (
    column1 datatype,
    column2 datatype,
    column3 datatype,
   ....
);
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Copying an existing table

Example
CREATE TABLE mynew_table_name AS
    SELECT column1, column2,...
    FROM myexisting_table_name
    WHERE ....;

An example of creating an SQL table

Example
CREATE TABLE Suppliers (
    SupplierID int,
    FirstName varchar(255),
    LastName varchar(255),
    City varchar(255),
    Country varchar(255) 
);

Note: you can fill the empty table with data later by using the INSERT INTO statement.

The result

ID First_Name Last_Name City Country