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MySQL INSERT INTO Query: How to add Row in Table
What is INSERT INTO?
INSERT INTO is used to store data in the tables. The INSERT command creates a new row in the table to store data. The data is usually supplied by application programs that run on top of the database.
Let’s look at the basic syntax of the INSERT INTO MySQL command:
INSERT INTO `table_name`(column_1,column_2,...) VALUES (value_1,value_2,...);
- INSERT INTO `table_name` is the command that tells MySQL server to add a new row into a table named `table_name.`
- (column_1,column_2,…) specifies the columns to be updated in the new MySQL row
- VALUES (value_1,value_2,…) specifies the values to be added into the new row
When supplying the data values to be inserted into the new table, the following should be considered:
- String data types – all the string values should be enclosed in single quotes.
- Numeric data types- all numeric values should be supplied directly without enclosing them in single or double-quotes.
- Date data types – enclose date values in single quotes in the format ‘YYYY-MM-DD’.
Suppose that we have the following list of new library members that need to be added to the database.
|Full names||Date of Birth||gender||Physical address||Postal address||Contact number||Email Address|
|Howard Wolowitz||24/08/1981||Male||South Park||P.O. Box email@example.com|
Let’s INSERT data one by one. We will start with Leonard Hofstadter. We will treat the contact number as a numeric data type and not enclose the number in single quotes.
INSERT INTO `members` (`full_names`,`gender`,`physical_address`,`contact_number`) VALUES ('Leonard Hofstadter','Male','Woodcrest',0845738767);
Executing the above script drops the 0 from Leonard’s contact number. This is because the value will be treated as a numeric value, and the zero (0) at the beginning is dropped since it’s not significant.
To avoid such problems, the value must be enclosed in single quotes as shown below –
INSERT INTO `members` (`full_names`,`gender`,`physical_address`,`contact_number`) VALUES ('Sheldon Cooper','Male','Woodcrest', '0976736763');
In the above case, zero(0) will not be dropped
Changing the order of the columns has no effect on the INSERT query in MySQL as long as the correct values have been mapped to the correct columns.
The query shown below demonstrates the above point.
INSERT INTO `members` (`contact_number`,`gender`,`full_names`,`physical_address`) VALUES ('0938867763','Male','Rajesh Koothrappali','Woodcrest');
The above queries skipped the date of birth column. By default, MySQL will insert NULL values in columns that are omitted in the INSERT query.
Let’s now insert the record for Leslie, which has the date of birth supplied. The date value should be enclosed in single quotes using the format ‘YYYY-MM-DD’.
INSERT INTO `members` (`full_names`,`date_of_birth`,`gender`,`physical_address`,`contact_number`) VALUES ('Leslie Winkle','1984-02-14','Male','Woodcrest', '0987636553');
All of the above queries specified the columns and mapped them to values in the MySQL insert statement. If we are supplying values for ALL the columns in the table, then we can omit the columns from the MySQL insert query.
INSERT INTO `members` VALUES (9,'Howard Wolowitz','Male','1981-08-24', 'SouthPark','P.O. Box 4563', '0987786553', 'lwolowitz[at]email.me');
Let’s now use the SELECT statement to view all the rows in the member’s table.
SELECT * FROM `members`;
|membership_ number||full_ names||gender||date_of_ birth||physical_address||postal_ address||contct_ number|
|1||Janet Jones||Female||21-07-1980||First Street Plot No 4||Private Bag||0759 253 firstname.lastname@example.org|
|2||Janet Smith Jones||Female||23-06-1980||Melrose 123||NULL||NULLemail@example.com|
|3||Robert Phil||Male||12-07-1989||3rd Street 34||NULLfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|4||Gloria Williams||Female||14-02-1984||2nd Street 23||NULL||NULL||NULL|
|9||Howard Wolowitz||Male||24-08-1981||SouthPark||P.O. Box email@example.com|
Notice the contact number for Leonard Hofstadter has dropped the zero (0) from the contact number. The other contact numbers have not dropped the zero (0) at the beginning.
Inserting into a Table from another Table
The INSERT command can also be used to insert data into a table from another table. The basic syntax is as shown below.
INSERT INTO table_1 SELECT * FROM table_2;
Let’s now look at a practical example. We will create a dummy table for movie categories for demonstration purposes. We will call the new categories table categories_archive. The script shown below creates the table.
CREATE TABLE `categories_archive` ( `category_id` int(11) AUTO_INCREMENT, `category_name` varchar(150) DEFAULT NULL, `remarks` varchar(500) DEFAULT NULL, PRIMARY KEY (`category_id`) )
Execute the above script to create the table.
Let’s now insert all the rows from the categories table into the categories archive table. The script shown below helps us to achieve that.
INSERT INTO `categories_archive` SELECT * FROM `categories`;
Executing the above script inserts all the rows from the categories table into the categories archive table. Note the table structures will have to be the same for the script to work. A more robust script is one that maps the column names in the insert table to the ones in the table containing the data.
The query shown below demonstrates its usage.
INSERT INTO `categories_archive`(category_id,category_name,remarks) SELECT category_id,category_name,remarks FROM `categories`;
Executing the SELECT query
SELECT * FROM `categories_archive`
gives the following results shown below.
|1||Comedy||Movies with humour|
|3||Epic||Story acient movies|
- The INSERT command is used to add new data into a table. MySql will add a new row, once the command is executed.
- The date and string values should be enclosed in single quotes.
- The numeric values do not need to be enclosed in quotes.
- The INSERT command can also be used to insert data from one table into another.
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