SQLite - LIMIT Clause

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The SQLite LIMIT clause is used to limit the data amount returned by the SELECT statement.

Syntax:

The basic syntax of SELECT statement with LIMIT clause is as follows:

SELECT column1, column2, columnN 
FROM table_name
LIMIT [no of rows]

Following is the syntax of LIMIT clause when it is used along with OFFSET clause:

SELECT column1, column2, columnN 
FROM table_name
LIMIT [no of rows] OFFSET [row num]

SQLite engine will return rows starting from the next row to the given OFFSET as shown below in the last example.

Example:

Consider COMPANY table is having the following records:

ID          NAME        AGE         ADDRESS     SALARY
----------  ----------  ----------  ----------  ----------
1           Paul        32          California  20000.0
2           Allen       25          Texas       15000.0
3           Teddy       23          Norway      20000.0
4           Mark        25          Rich-Mond   65000.0
5           David       27          Texas       85000.0
6           Kim         22          South-Hall  45000.0
7           James       24          Houston     10000.0

Following is an example, which limits the row in the table according to the number of rows you want to fetch from table:

sqlite> SELECT * FROM COMPANY LIMIT 6;

This would produce the following result:

ID          NAME        AGE         ADDRESS     SALARY
----------  ----------  ----------  ----------  ----------
1           Paul        32          California  20000.0
2           Allen       25          Texas       15000.0
3           Teddy       23          Norway      20000.0
4           Mark        25          Rich-Mond   65000.0
5           David       27          Texas       85000.0
6           Kim         22          South-Hall  45000.0

But in certain situations, you may need to pick up a set of records from a particular offset. Here is an example, which picks up 3 records starting from 3rd position:

sqlite> SELECT * FROM COMPANY LIMIT 3 OFFSET 2;

This would produce the following result:

ID          NAME        AGE         ADDRESS     SALARY
----------  ----------  ----------  ----------  ----------
3           Teddy       23          Norway      20000.0
4           Mark        25          Rich-Mond   65000.0
5           David       27          Texas       85000.0


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