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shabbir 26May2005 10:38

Delete duplicate rows from Oracle
There are times when duplicate rows somehow creep into the table. The best scenario to happen this is when the data is to be imported from some other table or data and the Constraints are removed so that data import successfully.

Now in Oracle you can delete the duplicate entries by just executing a simple SQL because Oracle stores an index to each row in a table known as ROWID

Code: SQL

  ( Id varchar(5),
  nonid varchar(5));

I create a table with just 2 fields. I dont have any constraint on ID because I would import some data which may be duplicated but after importing I would like to make the ID as PRIMARY KEY

Insert some date to simulate duplicates
Code: SQL

INSERT INTO duptest VALUES('1','a');

Insert them more than once.
Code: SQL

INSERT INTO duptest VALUES('2','b');

SQL to delete the duplicate rows
Code: SQL

DELETE FROM duptest WHERE rowid NOT IN (SELECT max(rowid) FROM duptest GROUP BY id);

Explanation :- In the subquery I Select a unique rowid from all the rowid's It can be MAX, MIN any one and the group by clause should include all the UNIQUE columns I desire. Say I want a composite primary key then the group by should be group by id1,id2 ...

The the subquery returns one record for the dupliacte ID's and I delete all of them that are not in the subquery and that deletes all the dupliacte rows from the database.

coderzone 1Apr2006 18:19

Re: Delete duplicate rows from Oracle
Thats good way to delete the rows.

lead.smart34 26Feb2008 17:49

Re: Delete duplicate rows from Oracle
nice way

harminder 24Jul2008 14:33

Re: Delete duplicate rows from Oracle
a way to delete duplicate rows in oracle table You can also detect and delete duplicate rows using Oracle analytic functions:

delete from
where rowid in
(select rowid from
(partition by custnbr order by custnbr) dup
from customer)
where dup > 1);

kidas 25Nov2008 22:24

Re: Delete duplicate rows from Oracle
Delete Duplicate Rows using Analytic functions

                                        FROM  TABLENAME)
                WHERE rnk>1);

Alok_1978 28Apr2010 00:49

Re: Delete duplicate rows from Oracle
Incase if you want to check for all the columns then try this query:

delete from emp where rowid not in (select max(rowid) from emp group by id,name,no)

My emp table had 3 columns id,name,no and you need to group by all the columns in order to check if any column contains different value or not.if yes then that record will not be considered as duplicate and will not be deleted. The above query will delete the record only when all the columns have same value

rameshb 13Dec2010 13:17

Re: Delete duplicate rows from Oracle
this is way to different from the way i have studies this is cool

TPrice 29Jun2011 07:51

Re: Delete duplicate rows from Oracle
Thank you for sharing this information. This is certainly a much easier way to go about it than the way I have been doing things. I wish I had known about this function a long time ago, it would have saved me a lot of extra work.

Tobiasgar 30Aug2011 15:37

Re: Delete duplicate rows from Oracle
Usefull invention)) i think it's possible to delete much quicklier:crazy:

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