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SQL SELECT TOP, LIMIT and ROWNUM Keywords

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SELECT TOP, LIMIT and ROWNUM

The SELECT TOP command is used to specify the number of records to return.

Note: Not all database systems support SELECT TOP. MySQL uses LIMIT, and Oracle uses ROWNUM.

The following SQL statement selects the first three records from the "Customers" table:

Example

SELECT TOP 3 * FROM Customers;
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The following SQL statement shows the equivalent example using the LIMIT clause:

Example

SELECT * FROM Customers
LIMIT 3;
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The following SQL statement shows the equivalent example using ROWNUM:

Example

SELECT * FROM Customers
WHERE ROWNUM <= 3;

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