From (SQL)

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The SQL From clause is the source of a rowset to be operated upon in a Data Manipulation Language (DML) statement. From clauses are very common, and will provide the rowset to be exposed through a Select statement, the source of values in an Update statement, and the target rows to be deleted in a Delete statement. [1]

FROM is an SQL reserved word in the SQL standard. [2]

The FROM clause is used in conjunction with SQL statements, and takes the following general form:

 FROM table_name 
 WHERE predicate

The From clause can generally be anything that returns a rowset, a table, view, function, or system-provided information like the Information Schema, which is typically running proprietary commands and returning the information in a table form.[3]


The following query returns only those rows from table mytable where the value in column mycol is greater than 100.

FROM   mytable
WHERE  mycol > 100


The From clause is technically required in relational algebra and in most scenarios to be useful. However many relational DBMS implementations may not require it for selecting a single value, or single row - known as DUAL table in Oracle database.[4]


Other systems will require a From statement with a keyword, even to select system data.[5]

select to_char(sysdate, 'Dy DD-Mon-YYYY HH24:MI:SS') as "Current Time"
from dual;


  1. ^ "From clause in Transact SQL".
  2. ^ "Reserved Words in SQL".
  3. ^ "System Information Schema Views (Transact-SQL)".
  4. ^ "Selecting from the DUAL Table".
  5. ^ "Oracle Dates and Times".

Edited: 2021-06-19 17:54:23