SQL IN Operator

The IN Operator

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

SQL IN Syntax

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


IN Operator Example

The "Persons" table:

P_IdLastNameFirstNameAddressCity
1HansenOlaTimoteivn 10Sandnes
2SvendsonToveBorgvn 23Sandnes
3PettersenKariStorgt 20Stavanger

Now we want to select the persons with a last name equal to "Hansen" or "Pettersen" from the table above.

We use the following SELECT statement:

SELECT * FROM Persons
WHERE LastName IN ('Hansen','Pettersen')

The result-set will look like this:

P_IdLastNameFirstNameAddressCity
1HansenOlaTimoteivn 10Sandnes
3PettersenKariStorgt 20Stavanger

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