# DELETE FROM: delete rows

Just as you can SELECT to find rows in a table, you can DELETE[1] rows!

It's simple, yet dangerous:

DELETE FROM users WHERE surname = 'Smith';

Here we don't have to specify which columns we want to delete, because that wouldn't make much sense. Given this SQL query, the database would delete all rows that have a column surname with a value of 'Smith'. Remember that might be more than one row!


Careful with this:


As that will delete all rows from your table. It can be useful, but if it's not what you want, don't do it!

As we learned in the last chapter, you can use WHERE and multiple conditionals as you wish to filter the result. Only instead of getting the result back, when you execute a DELETE FROM query you'll be deleting rows from the table.

  1. The SQL DELETE command in SQLite (official documentation) (opens new window) ↩ī¸Ž