Create Table Structure From Existing Table in Oracle SQL

Do you need the same table structure as an existing table in your database, but empty of rows? Oracle SQL’s CREATE TABLE AS statement achieves this easily. Continue reading and learn how with a simple example…


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I have this FRIENDS table that I want to duplicate:

DESC FRIENDS;
Description of the example FRIENDS table.
SELECT COUNT(*) FROM FRIENDS;

However, the FRIENDS table has 7 rows of data and I want the clone table to be empty.


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CREATE TABLE AS

Using SELECT * – or explicitly listing the individual columns you need – in a CREATE TABLE AS command with a WHERE clause predicate that evaluates to FALSE, creates a table based on the FROM clause table of the SELECT statement, but will not fill it with rows:

CREATE TABLE SAME_FRIENDS AS
(SELECT * FROM FRIENDS
WHERE 1 = 2);

Viewing the newly created SAME_FRIENDS table description, we can see it has the same structure as the FRIENDS table it is based on:

DESC SAME_FRIENDS;
Table structure of the SAME_FRIENDS table.

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Querying the SAME_FRIENDS table shows there are no rows present in the table:

SELECT COUNT(*) FROM SAME_FRIENDS;
No rows present in the SAME_FRIENDS clone table.

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This is a quick and simple way you can essentially duplicate a table’s exact structure, without populating it with any rows.

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Disclaimer: The examples presented in this post are hypothetical ideas of how to achieve similar types of results. They are not the utmost best solution(s). The majority, if not all, of the examples provided, are performed on a personal development/learning workstation environment and should not be considered production quality or ready. Your particular goals and needs may vary. Use those practices that best benefit your needs and goals. Opinions are my own.

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