How to use DELETE expression using SQLAlchemy

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Deleting is one of the features of SQLAlchemy. It helps remove operations on a single table. It is simple and does the commit transaction for deleting the object. 

The delete () function creates a new instance of delete. It represents a DELETE statement in SQL. It will delete rows from a table. We can perform the delete operations in the SQL tool using the object instance. The deleting record is like the add(). It uses delete() operations. We can calculate the user session for each operation. The query attribute on the model class triggers it. We can fetch all the records with the query object. We can use the all() or first() method for returning the records before running the query. The table already has some records. So, we must delete the session whenever the user performs the delete operation.   

The delete () statement from an API is very similar to that of the update() construct. But it allows for a RETURNING variant on some database backends. It is easy to perform a delete operation on a single table. But, the delete operation on multiple related tables is complex.   

Steps for deleting all records in SQLAlchemy:   

  • Import, delete, and select from sqlalchemy.   
  • Create a delete statement to remove all the data from the census table.  
  • Execute delete_stmt through the connection and save the results.   

The documentation of SQLAlchemy ORM is very good. It is more difficult to handle the data user session. We can save it on the database side. Database levels on Delete cascades are unique. It constructs the relational database. SQLAlchemy permits the configuration of schema-level. It constructs at the DDL level using options. We can describe it as ON UPDATE and on delete. The delete operation is mainly executed on the query API. We can produce it in the session object. We can create the ORM level on the SQL object.   

Advantages of SQLAlchemy   

  • Requires No ORM.   
  • Varied databases support.   
  • Unit Of Work.   
  • Mature, High Performing Architecture.   
  • DBA Approved Non-Opinionated.   
  • Function-based query construction.   
  • Separate mapping and class design.   
  • Composite (multiple-column) primary keys.   

Preview of the output that you will get on running this code from your IDE.


In this solution, we used the SQLAlchemy library.


Follow the steps carefully to get the output easily.

  1. Download and Install the PyCharm Community Edition on your computer.
  2. Open the terminal and install the required libraries with the following commands.
  3. Install SQLAlchemy- pip install sqlalchemy.
  4. Create a new Python file on your IDE.
  5. Copy the snippet using the 'copy' button and paste it into your python file.
  6. Run the current file to generate the output.

I hope you found this useful. I have added the link to dependent libraries, and version information in the following sections.

I found this code snippet by searching for ' SQLAlchemy 2.0 NotImplementedError: delete' in Kandi. You can try any such use case!

Environment Tested

I tested this solution in the following versions. Be mindful of changes when working with other versions.

  1. The solution is created in PyCharm 2022.3.
  2. The solution is tested on Python 3.11.1
  3. SQLAlchemy version- 2.0.22

Using this solution, we are able to use DELETE expression using SQLAlchemy with simple steps. This process also facilitates an easy-way-to use hassle-free method to create a hands-on working version of code which would help us to use DELETE expression using SQLAlchemy.

Dependent Libraries

sqlalchemyby sqlalchemy

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License: Permissive (MIT)

The Database Toolkit for Python


            sqlalchemyby sqlalchemy

            Python doticon star image 7352 doticonVersion:rel_2_0_16doticon License: Permissive (MIT)

            The Database Toolkit for Python

                      If you do not have the SQLAlchemy library that is required to run this code, you can install it by clicking on the above link.

                      You can search for any dependent library on Kandi like SQLAlchemy.


                      1. What is SQLAlchemy Cascade Delete, and how does it work?   

                      The cascading delete option helps declare related records. We should delete it when we delete a parent record. This option is set on the relationship between two tables.   

                      2. How do I use Python sqlalchemy to delete records from a database?   

                      We must pass the delete query to the execute() function. So, we get all the results using the fetchall() function.


                      3. What type of operation is the DELETE statement in sqlalchemy?   

                      The SQLAlchemy delete statement is one of the CRUD operations. It helps remove the data in the table. We are using the engine to create the database. We will do it as the same will reflect in similar objects and instances. For each query, we can generate the session ID for future declarations.   

                      4. Are all database engines supported when using SQLAlchemy cascade delete?   

                      Many database engines are supporting the 'ON DELETE CASCADE' action. But not for all. Each row in the child table merged with the deleted parent row. It is also deleted. We must add passive_deletes=True to the relationship in the parent.   

                      5. How do I construct an efficient query to delete multiple records with SQLAlchemy?   

                      We must pass the delete query to the execute() function. We get all the results using the fetchall() function. We can use a for loop to iterate through the results. 


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