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NAME

       DROP TABLE - remove a table

SYNOPSIS

       DROP TABLE [ IF EXISTS ] name [, ...] [ CASCADE | RESTRICT ]

DESCRIPTION

       DROP  TABLE removes tables from the database.  Only its owner can drop a table. To empty a
       table  of  rows  without  destroying  the  table,  use  DELETE  [delete(7)]  or   TRUNCATE
       [truncate(7)].

       DROP TABLE always removes any indexes, rules, triggers, and constraints that exist for the
       target table.  However, to drop a table that is referenced by  a  view  or  a  foreign-key
       constraint  of  another table, CASCADE must be specified. (CASCADE will remove a dependent
       view entirely, but in the foreign-key case it will only remove the foreign-key constraint,
       not the other table entirely.)

PARAMETERS

       IF EXISTS
              Do not throw an error if the table does not exist. A notice is issued in this case.

       name   The name (optionally schema-qualified) of the table to drop.

       CASCADE
              Automatically drop objects that depend on the table (such as views).

       RESTRICT
              Refuse to drop the table if any objects depend on it. This is the default.

EXAMPLES

       To destroy two tables, films and distributors:

       DROP TABLE films, distributors;

COMPATIBILITY

       This  command conforms to the SQL standard, except that the standard only allows one table
       to be dropped per command, and apart from the IF EXISTS  option,  which  is  a  PostgreSQL
       extension.

SEE ALSO

       ALTER TABLE [alter_table(7)], CREATE TABLE [create_table(7)]