two How do I UPDATE from a SELECT in SQL Server?




update table from another database sql server (24)

In SQL Server, it's possible to insert into a table using a SELECT statement:

INSERT INTO Table (col1, col2, col3)
SELECT col1, col2, col3 
FROM other_table 
WHERE sql = 'cool'

Is it also possible to update via a SELECT? I have a temporary table containing the values, and would like to update another table using those values. Perhaps something like this:

UPDATE Table SET col1, col2
SELECT col1, col2 
FROM other_table 
WHERE sql = 'cool'
WHERE Table.id = other_table.id

Updating through CTE is more readable than the other answers here:

;WITH cte
     AS (SELECT col1,col2,id
         FROM   other_table
         WHERE  sql = 'cool')
UPDATE A
SET    A.col1 = B.col1,
       A.col2 = B.col2
FROM   table A
       INNER JOIN cte B
               ON A.id = B.id

declare @tblStudent table (id int,name varchar(300))
declare @tblMarks table (std_id int,std_name varchar(300),subject varchar(50),marks int)

insert into @tblStudent Values (1,'Abdul')
insert into @tblStudent Values(2,'Rahim')

insert into @tblMarks Values(1,'','Math',50)
insert into @tblMarks Values(1,'','History',40)
insert into @tblMarks Values(2,'','Math',30)
insert into @tblMarks Values(2,'','history',80)


select * from @tblMarks

update m
set m.std_name=s.name
 from @tblMarks as m
left join @tblStudent as s on s.id=m.std_id

select * from @tblMarks

The simple way to do it is:

UPDATE
    table_to_update,
    table_info
SET
    table_to_update.col1 = table_info.col1,
    table_to_update.col2 = table_info.col2

WHERE
    table_to_update.ID = table_info.ID

The other way to update from a select statement:

UPDATE A
SET A.col = A.col,B.col1 = B.col1
FROM  first_Table AS A
INNER JOIN second_Table AS B  ON A.id = B.id WHERE A.col2 = 'cool'

UPDATE table AS a
INNER JOIN table2 AS b
ON a.col1 = b.col1
INNER JOIN ... AS ...
ON ... = ...
SET ...
WHERE ...

If you use MySQL instead of SQL Server, the syntax is:

UPDATE Table1
INNER JOIN Table2
ON Table1.id = Table2.id
SET Table1.col1 = Table2.col1,
    Table1.col2 = Table2.col2

Using alias:

UPDATE t
   SET t.col1 = o.col1
  FROM table1 AS t
         INNER JOIN 
       table2 AS o 
         ON t.id = o.id

This may be a niche reason to perform an update (for example, mainly used in a procedure), or may be obvious to others, but it should also be stated that you can perform an update-select statement without using join (in case the tables you're updating between have no common field).

update
    Table
set
    Table.example = a.value
from
    TableExample a
where
    Table.field = *key value* -- finds the row in Table 
    AND a.field = *key value* -- finds the row in TableExample a

Another possibility not mentioned yet is to just chuck the SELECT statement itself into a CTE and then update the CTE.

;WITH CTE
     AS (SELECT T1.Col1,
                T2.Col1 AS _Col1,
                T1.Col2,
                T2.Col2 AS _Col2
         FROM   T1
                JOIN T2
                  ON T1.id = T2.id
         /*Where clause added to exclude rows that are the same in both tables
           Handles NULL values correctly*/
         WHERE EXISTS(SELECT T1.Col1,
                             T1.Col2
                       EXCEPT
                       SELECT T2.Col1,
                              T2.Col2))
UPDATE CTE
SET    Col1 = _Col1,
       Col2 = _Col2

This has the benefit that it is easy to run the SELECT statement on its own first to sanity check the results, but it does requires you to alias the columns as above if they are named the same in source and target tables.

This also has the same limitation as the proprietary UPDATE ... FROM syntax shown in four of the other answers. If the source table is on the many side of a one-to-many join then it is undeterministic which of the possible matching joined records will be used in the Update (an issue that MERGE avoids by raising an error if there is an attempt to update the same row more than once).


Here is another useful syntax:

UPDATE suppliers
SET supplier_name = (SELECT customers.name
                     FROM customers
                     WHERE customers.customer_id = suppliers.supplier_id)
WHERE EXISTS (SELECT customers.name
              FROM customers
              WHERE customers.customer_id = suppliers.supplier_id);

It checks if it is null or not by using "WHERE EXIST".


You can use from this for update in sql server

UPDATE
    T1
SET
   T1.col1 = T2.col1,
   T1.col2 = T2.col2
FROM
   Table1 AS T1
INNER JOIN Table2 AS T2
    ON T1.id = T2.id
WHERE
    T1.col3 = 'cool'

If you are using SQL Server you can update one table from another without specifying a join and simply link the two from the where clause. This makes a much simpler SQL query:

UPDATE Table1
SET Table1.col1 = Table2.col1,
    Table1.col2 = Table2.col2
FROM
    Table2
WHERE
    Table1.id = Table2.id

In the accepted answer, after the:

SET
Table_A.col1 = Table_B.col1,
Table_A.col2 = Table_B.col2

I would add:

OUTPUT deleted.*, inserted.*

What I usually do is putting everything in a roll backed transaction and using the "OUTPUT": in this way I see everything that is about to happen. When I am happy with what I see, I change the ROLLBACK into COMMIT.

I usually need to document what I did, so I use the "results to Text" option when I run the roll-backed query and I save both the script and the result of the OUTPUT. (Of course this is not practical if I changed too many rows)


UPDATE from SELECT with INNER JOIN in SQL Database

Since there are too many replies of this post, which are most heavily up-voted, I thought I would provide my suggestion here too. Although the question is very interesting, I have seen in many forum sites and made a solution using INNER JOIN with screenshots.

At first, I have created a table named with schoolold and inserted few records with respect to their column names and execute it.

Then I executed SELECT command to view inserted records.

Then I created a new table named with schoolnew and similarly executed above actions on it.

Then, to view inserted records in it, I execute SELECT command.

Now, Here I want to make some changes in third and fourth row, to complete this action, I execute UPDATE command with INNER JOIN.

To view the changes I execute the SELECT command.

You can see how Third and Fourth records of table schoolold easily replaced with table schoolnew by using INNER JOIN with UPDATE statement.


I add this only so you can see a quick way to write it so that you can check what will be updated before doing the update.

UPDATE Table 
SET  Table.col1 = other_table.col1,
     Table.col2 = other_table.col2 
--select Table.col1, other_table.col,Table.col2,other_table.col2, *   
FROM     Table 
INNER JOIN     other_table 
    ON     Table.id = other_table.id 

For the record (and others searching like I was), you can do it in MySQL like this:

UPDATE first_table, second_table
SET first_table.color = second_table.color
WHERE first_table.id = second_table.foreign_id

Consolidating all the different approaches here.

  1. Select update
  2. Update with a common table expression
  3. Merge

Sample table structure are below and will update from Product_BAK to Product table.

Product

CREATE TABLE [dbo].[Product](
    [Id] [int] IDENTITY(1, 1) NOT NULL,
    [Name] [nvarchar](100) NOT NULL,
    [Description] [nvarchar](100) NULL
) ON [PRIMARY]

Product_BAK

    CREATE TABLE [dbo].[Product_BAK](
        [Id] [int] IDENTITY(1, 1) NOT NULL,
        [Name] [nvarchar](100) NOT NULL,
        [Description] [nvarchar](100) NULL
    ) ON [PRIMARY]

1. Select update

    update P1
    set Name = P2.Name
    from Product P1
    inner join Product_Bak P2 on p1.id = P2.id
    where p1.id = 2

2. Update with a common table expression

    ; With CTE as
    (
        select id, name from Product_Bak where id = 2
    )
    update P
    set Name = P2.name
    from  product P  inner join CTE P2 on P.id = P2.id
    where P2.id = 2

3. Merge

    Merge into product P1
    using Product_Bak P2 on P1.id = P2.id

    when matched then
    update set p1.[description] = p2.[description], p1.name = P2.Name;

In the Merge statement, we can do inset if not finding a matching record in the target, but exist in the source and please find the syntax:

    Merge into product P1
    using Product_Bak P2 on P1.id = P2.id

    when matched then
    update set p1.[description] = p2.[description], p1.name = P2.Name

    WHEN NOT MATCHED THEN
    insert (name, description)
    values(p2.name, P2.description);

UPDATE table 
SET Col1 = i.Col1, 
    Col2 = i.Col2 
FROM (
    SELECT ID, Col1, Col2 
    FROM other_table) i
WHERE 
    i.ID = table.ID

One way

UPDATE t 
SET t.col1 = o.col1, 
    t.col2 = o.col2
FROM 
    other_table o 
  JOIN 
    t ON t.id = o.id
WHERE 
    o.sql = 'cool'

The other way is to use a derived table:

UPDATE t
SET t.col1 = a.col1
    ,t.col2 = a.col2
FROM (
SELECT id, col1, col2 FROM @tbl2) a
INNER JOIN @tbl1 t ON t.id = a.id

Sample data

DECLARE @tbl1 TABLE (id INT, col1 VARCHAR(10), col2 VARCHAR(10))
DECLARE @tbl2 TABLE (id INT, col1 VARCHAR(10), col2 VARCHAR(10))

INSERT @tbl1 SELECT 1, 'a', 'b' UNION SELECT 2, 'b', 'c'

INSERT @tbl2 SELECT 1, '1', '2' UNION SELECT 2, '3', '4'

UPDATE t
SET t.col1 = a.col1
    ,t.col2 = a.col2
FROM (
SELECT id, col1, col2 FROM @tbl2) a
INNER JOIN @tbl1 t ON t.id = a.id

SELECT * FROM @tbl1
SELECT * FROM @tbl2

I'd modify Robin's excellent answer to the following:

UPDATE Table
SET Table.col1 = other_table.col1,
 Table.col2 = other_table.col2
FROM
    Table
INNER JOIN other_table ON Table.id = other_table.id
WHERE
    Table.col1 != other_table.col1
OR Table.col2 != other_table.col2
OR (
    other_table.col1 IS NOT NULL
    AND Table.col1 IS NULL
)
OR (
    other_table.col2 IS NOT NULL
    AND Table.col2 IS NULL
)

Without a WHERE clause, you'll affect even rows that don't need to be affected, which could (possibly) cause index recalculation or fire triggers that really shouldn't have been fired.


In SQL Server 2008 (or better), use MERGE

MERGE INTO YourTable T
   USING other_table S 
      ON T.id = S.id
         AND S.tsql = 'cool'
WHEN MATCHED THEN
   UPDATE 
      SET col1 = S.col1, 
          col2 = S.col2;

Alternatively:

MERGE INTO YourTable T
   USING (
          SELECT id, col1, col2 
            FROM other_table 
           WHERE tsql = 'cool'
         ) S
      ON T.id = S.id
WHEN MATCHED THEN
   UPDATE 
      SET col1 = S.col1, 
          col2 = S.col2;

UPDATE
    Table_A
SET
    Table_A.col1 = Table_B.col1,
    Table_A.col2 = Table_B.col2
FROM
    Some_Table AS Table_A
    INNER JOIN Other_Table AS Table_B
        ON Table_A.id = Table_B.id
WHERE
    Table_A.col3 = 'cool'

And if you wanted to join the table with itself (which won't happen too often):

update t1                    -- just reference table alias here
set t1.somevalue = t2.somevalue
from table1 t1               -- these rows will be the targets
inner join table1 t2         -- these rows will be used as source
on ..................        -- the join clause is whatever suits you




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