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PostgreSQL – RENAME COLUMN
  • Last Updated : 28 Aug, 2020

In PostgreSQL, the RENAME COLUMN clause is used with the ALTER TABLE statement to rename one or more columns in a table.

Syntax:
ALTER TABLE table_name 
RENAME COLUMN column_name TO new_column_name;

Let’s analyze t5he above syntax:

  • First, specify the table, which contains the column you want to rename, after the ALTER TABLE clause.
  • Second, provide the column name after the RENAME COLUMN clause.
  • Third, give the new column name after the TO keyword.

Let’s take some examples of using the ALTER TABLE RENAME COLUMN to get a better understanding.

Example 1:
First, let’s create two new tables namely customers and customer_groups using the below statement:

CREATE TABLE customer_groups (
    id serial PRIMARY KEY,
    name VARCHAR NOT NULL
);

CREATE TABLE customers (
    id serial PRIMARY KEY,
    name VARCHAR NOT NULL,
    phone VARCHAR NOT NULL,
    email VARCHAR,
    group_id INT,
    FOREIGN KEY (group_id) REFERENCES customer_groups (id)
);

Then we create a new view named customer_data based on the customers and customer_groups tables as follows:



CREATE VIEW customer_data 
AS SELECT
    c.id,
    c.name,
    g.name customer_group
FROM
    customers c
INNER JOIN customer_groups g ON g.id = c.group_id;

Now we will use the ALTER TABLE RENAME COLUMN statement to rename the email column of the customers table to contact_email:

ALTER TABLE customers 
RENAME COLUMN email TO contact_email;

Now verify the changes made using the below statement:

SELECT * FROM customers;

Output:

Example 2:
These statements rename two columns name and phone of the customers table to customer_name and contact_phone respectively:

ALTER TABLE customers 
RENAME COLUMN name TO customer_name;

ALTER TABLE customers
RENAME COLUMN phone TO contact_phone;

Now verify the changes made using the below statement:

SELECT * FROM customers;

Output:

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