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Left join and Right join in MS SQL Server
  • Last Updated : 15 Jul, 2020

Prerequisite – Introduction of MS SQL Server

1. Left Join :
A join combines the set of two tables only. A left join is used when a user wants to extract the left table’s data only. Left join not only combines the left table’s rows but also the rows that match alongside the right table.

Syntax –

select select_list 
from table1 left join table2 on join_predicate
                 (OR)
select * 
from table1 right join table2



2. Right Join :
Right join combines the data of the right table and the rows that match both the tables.

Syntax –



select select_list 
from table1 right join table2 on join_predicate
                 (OR)
select * 
from table1 right join table2



Example –
The first table is the Course table which is considered the left table and the second table is the Student table which is considered the right table.

Table – Course

NameCourseAge
AishaCSE19
VaniECE18
MinaEEE18


Table – Student

NameRollnoAge
Aisha11119
Vani11218
Mina11318




1. Left Join :
Left join is applied to the tables Course and Student and the table below is the result set.

select name, course 
from c.course left join s.student on c.age = s.age 

NameCourseNameCourse
AishaCSEAishaNULL
VaniECEVaniNULL
MinaEEEMinaNULL

The left table and its corresponding matching rows on the right table are displayed. If a user wants to display the rows only in the left table, where clause can be used in the query. Left join is usually used for a maximum of two tables but in case of SQL Server, it can be used for multiple tables too.


2. Right Join :
Right join is applied to the tables Course and Student and the table below is the result set.

select name, rollno 
from c.course right join s.student on c.age = s.age 

NameRollnoNameRollno
Aisha111AishaNULL
Vani112VaniNULL
Mina113MinaNULL

If the tables do not have common rows, it displays the rows as NULL. The right join can also be used for multiple tables.

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