How To Create, Use and Delete SQL View? – POFTUT

How To Create, Use and Delete SQL View?

SQL Programming language and SQL Database engines provide some useful mechanisms in order to make management of the data easier. SQL View is one of them which can be used to create a table from a SQL result set.

What Is SQL View?

SQL View is a virtual table which does not exist in a database physically. SQL View table is created from an SQL statement which is generally a select result set. View have rows, columns just like a regular table. The fields are generally related with one or more fields from real tables in the database.


The syntax of the SQL View is simple and like a SELECT statement. We will use Create View with view name and As statement like below. The Select statement will bind related rows, columns and fields to the SQL View table. We can also use conditional statements like Where etc.

Create View VIEWNAME AS Select column1, column2, … From TABLENAME Where CONDITION;

  • `VIEWNAME`  is the name of the view we will create
  • `column1`, `column2` etc are columns we will use in view from `TABLENAME`
  • `TABLENAME` is the table name we want to feed our view. Provided columns will be selected from this table.
  • `CONDITION` is optional with `Where` statement.

Create SQL View

We will start with a simple SQL View creation. We will create a view named TurkishCustomers from the table named Customers and use  CustomerName and Contact columns from this Customers table.

Create View TurkishCustomers AS 
Select Name, Contact From Customers Where Country="Turkey";

Using SQL View

We have created the SQL View successfully. We can use it as a regular table. In this example, we will use Select statement by providing the SQL View name as a table name which is TurkishCustomers in this example.

Select * From TurkishCustomers;

Update SQL View

In some cases, the SQL View may have some changes. But as we use the View in a lot of SQL queries we just need to update the SQL View content like fields or conditions. We can use Create Or Replace View statement. This statement will update the SQL View if it exists, if not the SQL View will be created from scratch.

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In this example, we will update SQL View named TurkishCustomers .

Create Or Replace View TurkishCustomers AS 
Select Name, Contact From AllCustomers Where Country="Turkey";

Drop or Remove SQL View

If we do not need the SQL View nay we can delete it with Drop View statement. This can be useful if we will use the view name as a regular table. In this example we will delete or drop the SQL View TurkishCustomers.

Drop View TurkishCustomers;

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