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I will explain SELECT DISTINCT Statement in Oracle SQL in this post of Oracle SQL Tutorial series.

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https://ittutorial.org/sql-select-statement-and-desc-command-in-oracle-sql-oracle-sql-tutorials-1/

 

 

SELECT DISTINCT Statement

SELECT DISTINCT statement is used to query only different or unique values.

If there are lots of duplicate values in a table, when you want to display only different (distinct) values, then you should use DISTINCT statement.

 

SELECT DISTINCT Syntax
SELECT DISTINCT column1, column2, column3... FROM table_name;

 

When you query the location id of hr.departmens table, you can list the multiple duplicate values in this table without using DISTINCT.

 

SQL> SELECT LOCATION_ID FROM HR.DEPARTMENTS;

LOCATION_ID
-----------
1700
1800
1700
2400
1500
1400
2700
2500
1700
1700
1700

LOCATION_ID
-----------
1700
1700
1700
1700
1700
1700
1700
1700
1700
1700
1700

LOCATION_ID
-----------
1700
1700
1700
1700
1700

27 rows selected.

SQL>

 

But If you use DISTINCT, then you can display only unique or distinct values as follows.

SQL> SELECT DISTINCT LOCATION_ID FROM HR.DEPARTMENTS;

LOCATION_ID
-----------
1800
2400
1400
2500
1700
2700
1500

7 rows selected.

SQL>

 

 

You can use DISTINCT for multiple columns as follows.

 

SQL> SELECT DISTINCT DEPARTMENT_NAME,LOCATION_ID FROM HR.DEPARTMENTS;

DEPARTMENT_NAME                LOCATION_ID
------------------------------ -----------
Administration                        1700
Marketing                             1800
Shareholder Services                  1700
Operations                            1700
Sales                                 2500
Control And Credit                    1700
IT Helpdesk                           1700
Purchasing                            1700
Finance                               1700
Corporate Tax                         1700
Manufacturing                         1700

DEPARTMENT_NAME                LOCATION_ID
------------------------------ -----------
Contracting                           1700
NOC                                   1700
IT                                    1400
Treasury                              1700
Government Sales                      1700
Executive                             1700
Construction                          1700
Payroll                               1700
Shipping                              1500
Accounting                            1700
Benefits                              1700

DEPARTMENT_NAME                LOCATION_ID
------------------------------ -----------
Retail Sales                          1700
Human Resources                       2400
Public Relations                      2700
IT Support                            1700
Recruiting                            1700

27 rows selected.

SQL>

 

DISTINCT operator causes sorting which slows down the SQL execution time.

 

If it is possible, it is better that remove Distinct clause in Select for the SQL Query performance.

 

 

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