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SQL IN Operator


The SQL IN Operator

The IN operator allows you to specify multiple values in a WHERE clause.

The IN operator is a shorthand for multiple OR conditions.

IN Syntax

SELECT column_name(s)
FROM table_name
WHERE column_name IN (value1, value2, ...);

or:

SELECT column_name(s)
FROM table_name
WHERE column_name IN (SELECT STATEMENT);

Demo Database

Below is a selection from the "Customers" table in the Northwind sample database:

CustomerID CustomerName ContactName Address City PostalCode Country
1

Alfreds Futterkiste Maria Anders Obere Str. 57 Berlin 12209 Germany
2 Ana Trujillo Emparedados y helados Ana Trujillo Avda. de la Constitución 2222 México D.F. 05021 Mexico
3 Antonio Moreno Taquería Antonio Moreno Mataderos 2312 México D.F. 05023 Mexico
4

Around the Horn Thomas Hardy 120 Hanover Sq. London WA1 1DP UK
5 Berglunds snabbköp Christina Berglund Berguvsvägen 8 Luleå S-958 22 Sweden

IN Operator Examples

The following SQL statement selects all customers that are located in "Germany", "France" and "UK":

Example

SELECT * FROM Customers
WHERE Country IN ('Germany', 'France', 'UK');
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The following SQL statement selects all customers that are NOT located in "Germany", "France" or "UK":

Example

SELECT * FROM Customers
WHERE Country NOT IN ('Germany', 'France', 'UK');
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The following SQL statement selects all customers that are from the same countries as the suppliers:

Example

SELECT * FROM Customers
WHERE Country IN (SELECT Country FROM Suppliers);
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