The SQL DROP TABLE statement is the SQL command that removes an entire SQL table.
When a SQL table must be removed, use the SQL DROP TABLE statement.
For example, you may have a created a temporary table to stored a report. When the report analysis is complete, you may wish the "clean up" the database by removing the table.
Dropping tables have the benefit of:
BEWARE! Dropping a table results in losing data.
The SQL DROP TABLE command is used as follows.
SQL DROP TABLE Statement Syntax
DROP <table_name> ( <column_list>
Before executing a DROP statement you may need or want to:
An error condition may occur for a DROP TABLE statement if there are existing constraints such as foreign keys that are dependent on the table.
SQL DROP TABLE Statement Example
The following example drops an existing table named PERSON.
DROP TABLE person