UPDATE - Statement to Update Records in Tables

A tutorial example is provided on how to use UPDATE statements to update records stored in tables.

An update statement allows you to update columns of existing rows of an existing table. The syntax of an update statement is:

UPDATE tbl_name SET column=expression, column=expression, ... 
   [WHERE clause]

If executed, all rows that satisfy the condition in the where clause will be updated. Each specified column will be assigned with the value resulting from the specified expression.

Notes:

Here is an example SQL code, UpdateRows.sql, showing you how to update rows in an existing table:

-- UpdateRows.sql
-- Copyright (c) 2015, HerongYang.com, All Rights Reserved.
--
DROP TABLE IF EXISTS User;
CREATE TABLE User (Login VARCHAR(8), Password CHAR(8));
INSERT INTO User VALUES ('herong','8IS3KOX');
INSERT INTO User (Login) VALUES ('mike');
UPDATE User SET Password = 'IMCIAUS' WHERE Login = 'mike';
UPDATE User SET Login = CONCAT(Login,'_'),
   Password = CONCAT(Password,CHAR_LENGTH(Login));
SELECT 'User table:' AS '---';
SELECT * FROM User;

If you run the code, you will get:

---
User table:
Login   Password
herong_ 8IS3KOX7
mike_   IMCIAUS5

The output looks alright to me.

Last update: 2015.

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 Introduction of SQL

 MySQL Introduction and Installation

 Introduction of MySQL Programs

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 Table Column Types for Different Types of Values

 Using DDL to Create Tables and Indexes

Using DML to Insert, Update and Delete Records

 INSERT INTO - Statement to Insert Records to Tables

UPDATE - Statement to Update Records in Tables

 DELETE FROM - Statement to Delete Records from Tables

 Using SELECT to Query Database

 Transaction Management and Isolation Levels

 Locks Used in MySQL

 Defining and Calling Stored Procedures

 Variables, Loops and Cursors Used in Stored Procedures

 Outdated Tutorials

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