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Writing Basic CTEs

Kedeisha November 23, 2023

Step-by-step Guide to Writing Your First CTE

Common Table Expressions (CTEs) offer a way to structure and simplify complex SQL queries. Here’s a step-by-step guide to writing your first CTE:

Start with the WITH Clause:

Begin your query with the WITH keyword. This signals the start of the CTE.


Define the CTE:

Inside the parentheses, write a standard SQL query. This query defines the CTE and can include SELECT, JOIN, WHERE, and other clauses.

SELECT column1, column2
FROM your_table
WHERE your_conditions

Use the CTE in Your Main Query:

After defining the CTE, you can reference it in your main query as if it were a regular table.