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|DROP TABLE(7)||PostgreSQL 11.9 Documentation||DROP TABLE(7)|
NAME¶DROP_TABLE - remove a table
DROP TABLE [ IF EXISTS ] name [, ...] [ CASCADE | RESTRICT ]
DESCRIPTION¶DROP TABLE removes tables from the database. Only the table owner, the schema owner, and superuser can drop a table. To empty a table of rows without destroying the table, use DELETE(7) or TRUNCATE(7).
DROP TABLE always removes any indexes, rules, triggers, and constraints that exist for the target table. However, to drop a table that is referenced by a view or a foreign-key constraint of another table, CASCADE must be specified. (CASCADE will remove a dependent view entirely, but in the foreign-key case it will only remove the foreign-key constraint, not the other table entirely.)
EXAMPLES¶To destroy two tables, films and distributors:
DROP TABLE films, distributors;
COMPATIBILITY¶This command conforms to the SQL standard, except that the standard only allows one table to be dropped per command, and apart from the IF EXISTS option, which is a PostgreSQL extension.
SEE ALSO¶ALTER TABLE (ALTER_TABLE(7)), CREATE TABLE (CREATE_TABLE(7))