DROP TABLE keyword

DROP TABLE is used to permanently delete a table and its contents.


This command irremediably deletes the data in the target table. Unless the table was created in a different volume than the standard, see CREATE TABLE IN VOLUME, in which case the table is only logically removed and data remains intact in its volume. In doubt, make sure you have created backups of your data.


Flow chart showing the syntax of the DROP TABLE keyword


An optional IF EXISTS clause may be added directly after the DROP TABLE keywords to indicate that the selected table should be dropped if it exists.


DROP TABLE ratings;

To delete the data inside a table but keep the table and its structure, use TRUNCATE.