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SQL DELETE

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Published Aug 9, 2017
Updated Oct 9, 2019

TL;DR – SQL DELETE is an irreversible command which deletes data records from a table. To select specific records to delete, use the WHERE clause.

The syntax for SQL DELETE

Example
DELETE FROM mytable_name
WHERE condition;

Examples 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
6 Basma Zlata Miami USA

Deleting a single record

Example
DELETE FROM Developers
WHERE Name='Antonio Indigo';

The result

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

Deleting all the data but keeping the table

Example
DELETE * FROM Developers;