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Learn Using SQL DROP TABLE and DROP DATABASE Functions

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Published Aug 9, 2017
Updated Oct 9, 2019

TL;DR – You can remove a database, a table or an index easily by using the DROP command.

The syntax for SQL DROP

In MS Access

Example
DROP INDEX indx_name ON tbl_name

In MS SQL Server

Example
DROP INDEX tbl_name.indx_name

In DB2/Oracle

Example
DROP INDEX indx_name
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In MySQL

Example
ALTER TABLE tbl_name DROP INDEX indx_name

SQL DROP TABLE

Example
DROP TABLE tbl_name

SQL DROP DATABASE

Example
DROP DATABASE db_name

Removing the data from the table

Example
TRUNCATE TABLE tbl_name

In SQLite

Example
DELETE FROM customers;