How to use insert into function

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by Abdul Rawoof A R dot icon Updated: Oct 19, 2023

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The INSERT INTO statement in SQLite helps add new data rows to a table. It is an SQL statement that allows you to specify the values you want to insert into specific columns of a table. The INSERT INTO statement helps to add data to a database. This includes everything from the initial data population to adding new records. It's an essential part of the data manipulation language (DML) in SQL used to maintain DB contents.  


Here are some common data types to insert into an SQLite database:  

1. Text (String):  

  • TEXT: Used for storing alphanumeric characters, such as names, descriptions, and textual data.  
  • CHAR(n): Fixed-length character strings.  
  • VARCHAR(n): Variable-length character strings.  


2. Numbers (Numeric):  

  • INTEGER: Used for whole numbers.  
  • REAL: Used for floating-point numbers (decimal numbers).  
  • NUMERIC(precision, scale): Used for numeric data with specified precision and scale.  
  • DOUBLE PRECISION: Used for double-precision floating-point numbers.  


3. Dates and Times:  

  • DATE: Stores dates in the format "YYYY-MM-DD."  
  • TIME: Stores times in the format "HH:MM: SS."  
  • DATETIME: Combines date and time in the format "YYYY-MM-DD HH:MM: SS."  
  • TIMESTAMP: Represents a date and time as the count of seconds since the Unix epoch (1970-01-01 00:00:00 UTC). 


4. Boolean:  

  • BOOLEAN: Represents boolean values as 0 (false) or 1 (true).  
  • Binary Data:  
  • BLOB: Used to store binary data, such as images, documents, or other non-textual data.  


5. NULL:  

  • NULL: Represents the absence of a value. It helps to state missing or undefined data in any data type.  
  • Enums and Custom Types:  
  • You can create custom data types or use the ENUM data type to define a list of permissible values for a column.  


Here is an example of how to use the insert into function:  

Fig: Preview the output you will get on running this code from your IDE.



Follow the steps carefully to get the output easily.

  1. Install & setup SQLite on your machine.
  2. First, you need to create a table for the provided SQL INSERT statement in SQLite, then need to define the structure of the "customers" table with appropriate column data types.
  3. Followed by copying the INSERT statement code snippet using the 'copy' button and pasting it into the command line(replace 'e-mail' with 'email' & add the semicolon at the end of the code).
  4. Retrieve the inserted values by running this command SELECT * FROM customers.

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 'I am trying to use insert query correctly in SQL' 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 SQLite version 3.43.2.

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


1. How do I perform a bulk insert operation in an SQLite database table?  

Bulk insertion in an SQLite table is more efficient than individual row insertions. There are several ways to achieve this in SQLite. It depends on your specific requirements and tools or programming languages you're using. Here are a few methods to consider:  

  • Using the INSERT INTO Statement 
  • Using the SQLite Command Line Shell  
  • Using Programming Languages and Libraries  
  • Using ORMs  


2. What is the syntax for a SQLite INSERT statement to add data to the table?  

The SQLite INSERT statement helps to add data to a table. The basic syntax for the INSERT statement in SQLite is as follows:  

INSERT INTO table_name (column1, column2, column3, ...)   

VALUES (value1, value2, value3, ...);  


3. What are the steps to CREATE TABLE and columns in an SQLite database?  

You can use SQL commands to create a table and define columns in an SQLite database. SQLite is a lightweight, serverless database. You can use various programming languages or command-line tools to interact with it. Here are the steps to create a table and columns in an SQLite database:   

  • Open or Connect to the Database  
  • Start a Transaction (Optional)  
  • Use the CREATE TABLE Statement  
  • Define Columns  
  • Execute the SQL Statement  
  • Commit the Transaction (If Applicable)  


4. How can I use the INSERT statement to add a single new row of data to my sample database?  

Here's the basic syntax for the INSERT statement:  

INSERT INTO table_name (column1, column2, column3, ...)   

VALUES (value1, value2, value3, ...);  


5. Can a combination of INSERT and SELECT queries to insert data into existing table rows?  

Yes, it is possible. You can use INSERT and SELECT queries to update existing table rows in a relational database. This is often referred to as an "INSERT INTO SELECT" statement. 


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