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SELECTing Multiple Columns in SQL

Learn how to easily select multiple columns from a database table in SQL, or select all columns from a table in one simple query.
Dec 2023  · 3 min read

In SQL, selecting data from a database table is a common task, but there are instances when you need to retrieve more than just one column of information.

Luckily, SQL makes this really easy. To select multiple columns from a table, simply separate the column names with commas!

For example, this query selects two columns, name and birthdate, from the people table:

SELECT name, birthdate
FROM people;

Sometimes, you may want to select all columns from a table. Typing out every column name would be a pain, so there's a handy shortcut:

SELECT *
FROM people;

If you only want to return a certain number of results, you can use the LIMIT keyword to limit the number of rows returned:

SELECT *
FROM people
LIMIT 10;

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