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The REPLACE statement is working like INSERT, but the difference is that it inserts a new record after deleting the existing record without displaying the error when a duplicate value is inserted into a column for which PRIMARY KEY and UNIQUE constraints have defined. You must have both INSERT and DELETE privileges to use the REPLACE statement, because it performs insertion or insertion after deletion operations.

The REPLACE statement determines whether a new record causes the duplication of PRIMARY KEY or UNIQUE index column values. Therefore, for performance reasons, it is recommended to use the INSERT statement for a table for which a PRIMARY KEY or UNIQUE index has not been defined. The REPLACE statement is an extension of the SQL standard. See the following regarding the use of this statement.

  • The REPLACE statement cannot contain subqueries.
  • The REPLACE statement cannot be used for tables for which an INSERT or DELETE trigger has been set.
  • An assignment statement such as SET col_name = col_name + 1 is not valid. Change such a statement to SET col_name = DEFAULT(col_name) + 1. Here, a non-NULL default value should be set for the col_name column.

<REPLACE … VALUES statement>

REPLACE [INTO] table_name [(column_name, ...)]

    {VALUES | VALUE}({expr | DEFAULT}, ...)[,({expr | DEFAULT}, ...),...]


<REPLACE … SET statement>

REPLACE [INTO] table_name

    SET column_name = {expr | DEFAULT}[, column_name = {expr | DEFAULT},...]


<REPLACE … SELECT statement>

REPLACE [INTO] table_name [(column_name, ...)]


  • table_name : Specify the name of the target table into which you want to insert a new record.
  • column_name : Specify the name of the column into which you want to insert the value. If you omit to specify the column name, it is considered that all columns defined in the table have been specified. Therefore, you must specify the value for the column next to VALUES. If you do not specify all the columns defined in the table, a DEFAULT value is assigned to the non-specified columns; if the DEFAULT value is not defined, a NULL value is assigned.
  • expr | DEFAULT : Specify values that correspond to the columns after VALUES. Expressions or the DEFAULT keyword can be specified as a value. At this time, the order and number of the specified column list must correspond to the column value list. The column value list for a single record is described in parentheses.

--creating a new table having the same schema as a_tbl1

CREATE TABLE a_tbl4 LIKE a_tbl1;


SELECT * FROM a_tbl4;

           id  name                  phone


            1  'aaa'                 '000-0000'

            2  'bbb'                 '000-0000'

            3  'ccc'                 '333-3333'

            6  'eee'                 '000-0000'


--insert duplicated value violating UNIQUE constraint

REPLACE INTO a_tbl4 VALUES(1, 'aaa', '111-1111'),(2, 'bbb', '222-2222');

REPLACE INTO a_tbl4 SET id=6, name='fff', phone=DEFAULT;


SELECT * FROM a_tbl4;

           id  name                  phone


            3  'ccc'                 '333-3333'

            1  'aaa'                 '111-1111'

            2  'bbb'                 '222-2222'

            6  'fff'                 '000-0000'