CREATE VIEW -- define a new view
CREATE [ OR REPLACE ] VIEW view [ ( column name list ) ] AS SELECT query
The name (optionally schema-qualified) of a view to be created.
- column name list
An optional list of names to be used for columns of the view.
If given, these names override the column names that would be
deduced from the SQL query.
An SQL query (that is, a SELECT statement)
which will provide the columns and rows of the view.
Refer to SELECT for more information
about valid arguments.
- CREATE VIEW
The message returned if the view is successfully created.
- ERROR: Relation ' view' already exists
This error occurs if the view specified already exists in the database.
- WARNING: Attribute ' column' has an unknown type
The view will be created having a column with an unknown type
if you do not specify it. For example, the following command gives
CREATE VIEW vista AS SELECT 'Hello World'
whereas this command does not:
CREATE VIEW vista AS SELECT text 'Hello World'
CREATE VIEW defines a view of a query.
The view is not physically materialized. Instead, a query
rewrite rule (an ON SELECT rule) is automatically generated to
support SELECT operations on views.
CREATE OR REPLACE VIEW is similar, but if a view
of the same name already exists, it is replaced. You can only replace
a view with a new query that generates the identical set of columns
(i.e., same column names and data types).
If a schema name is given (for example, CREATE VIEW
myschema.myview ...) then the view is created in the
specified schema. Otherwise it is created in the current schema (the one
at the front of the search path; see CURRENT_SCHEMA()).
The view name must be distinct from the name of any other view, table,
sequence, or index in the same schema.
Currently, views are read only: the system will not allow an insert,
update, or delete on a view. You can get the effect of an updatable
view by creating rules that rewrite inserts, etc. on the view into
appropriate actions on other tables. For more information see
Use the DROP VIEW statement to drop views.
Create a view consisting of all Comedy films:
CREATE VIEW kinds AS
WHERE kind = 'Comedy';
SELECT * FROM kinds;
code | title | did | date_prod | kind | len
UA502 | Bananas | 105 | 1971-07-13 | Comedy | 01:22
C_701 | There's a Girl in my Soup | 107 | 1970-06-11 | Comedy | 01:36
SQL92 specifies some additional capabilities for the
CREATE VIEW statement:
CREATE VIEW view [ column [, ...] ]
AS SELECT expression [ AS colname ] [, ...]
FROM table [ WHERE condition ]
[ WITH [ CASCADE | LOCAL ] CHECK OPTION ]
The optional clauses for the full SQL92 command are:
- CHECK OPTION
This option is to do with updatable views.
All INSERT and UPDATE commands on the view will be
checked to ensure data satisfy the view-defining
condition. If they do not, the update will be rejected.
Check for integrity on this view.
Check for integrity on this view and on any dependent
view. CASCADE is assumed if neither CASCADE nor LOCAL is specified.
CREATE OR REPLACE VIEW is a
PostgreSQL language extension.
This file was copied from PostgreSQL 7.3.1 help system.