Delete duplicate rows in MySQL

Dani 4 Tallied Votes 3K Views Share

Sometimes you need to delete duplicate rows in a database :)

In the future, set UNIQUE keys when you need them :)

In the example below, we have a table appropriately named TABLE_NAME and there are multiple rows that have the same value for the duplicate_field field. In this example, we want to remove the ones where the id field is set to "remove". In other examples, you can pick any conditional you want when choosing which of the rows to remove or which to keep, including conditionals between them (e.g. < will keep the row with the highest id value and delete the others).

Alternatively, if you do want to add that UNIQUE index, you can do the following to brute force dropping duplicate rows:

ADD UNIQUE INDEX index_name (duplicate_field);
dshort501 commented: cool +0
WHERE = 'remove' AND
    foo.duplicate_field = bar.duplicate_field;
Dani 3,986 The Queen of DaniWeb Administrator Featured Poster Premium Member

Although I haven’t had a chance to test this for myself yet, I stumbled across someone mentioning that, as of MySQL 5.7, using the ALTER IGNORE method described above has been deprecated. You should still be able to use the INNER JOIN method, which is more robust anyways, as it gives you control over which of the duplicates to keep.

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can_623 0 Newbie Poster

very good

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Usamatamimi 0 Newbie Poster

To delete duplicate rows in MySQL, you can use the following SQL query:

DELETE t1 FROM your_table t1
INNER JOIN your_table t2
WHERE < AND t1.column_name = t2.column_name;
Replace your_table with the actual name of your table and column_name with the name of the column that you want to check for duplicates based on. This query will keep only one instance of each duplicate row and delete the rest. Make sure to take a backup of your data before running delete queries to avoid accidental data loss.

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