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How to Delete using INNER JOIN with SQL Server?


Question

I want to delete using INNER JOIN in SQL Server 2008.

But I get this error:

Msg 156, Level 15, State 1, Line 15
Incorrect syntax near the keyword 'INNER'.

My code:

DELETE FROM WorkRecord2 
INNER JOIN Employee ON EmployeeRun=EmployeeNo
WHERE Company = '1' AND Date = '2013-05-06'
2018/05/15
1
1331
5/15/2018 5:01:49 PM

Accepted Answer

You need to specify what table you are deleting from, here is a version with an alias:

DELETE w
FROM WorkRecord2 w
INNER JOIN Employee e
  ON EmployeeRun=EmployeeNo
WHERE Company = '1' AND Date = '2013-05-06'
2016/08/24
2328
8/24/2016 5:12:34 PM

Just add the name of the table between DELETE and FROM from where you want to delete records because we have to specify the table to delete. Also remove ORDER BY clause because there is nothing to order while deleting records.

So your final query should be like this:

    DELETE WorkRecord2 
      FROM WorkRecord2 
INNER JOIN Employee 
        ON EmployeeRun=EmployeeNo
     WHERE Company = '1' 
       AND Date = '2013-05-06';
2013/05/10

Possible this be helpful for you -

DELETE FROM dbo.WorkRecord2 
WHERE EmployeeRun IN (
    SELECT e.EmployeeNo
    FROM dbo.Employee e
    WHERE ...
)

Or try this -

DELETE FROM dbo.WorkRecord2 
WHERE EXISTS(
    SELECT 1
    FROM dbo.Employee e
    WHERE EmployeeRun = e.EmployeeNo
        AND ....
)
2013/05/10

Try this:

DELETE FROM WorkRecord2 
       FROM Employee 
Where EmployeeRun=EmployeeNo
      And Company = '1' 
      AND Date = '2013-05-06'
2013/05/10

It should be:

DELETE zpost 
FROM zpost 
INNER JOIN zcomment ON (zpost.zpostid = zcomment.zpostid)
WHERE zcomment.icomment = "first"       
2014/09/17

In SQL Server Management Studio I can easily create a SELECT query.

SELECT Contact.Naam_Contactpersoon, Bedrijf.BedrijfsNaam, Bedrijf.Adres, Bedrijf.Postcode
FROM Contact
INNER JOIN Bedrijf ON Bedrijf.IDBedrijf = Contact.IDbedrijf

I can execute it, and all my contacts are shown.

Now change the SELECT to a DELETE:

DELETE Contact
FROM Contact
INNER JOIN Bedrijf ON Bedrijf.IDBedrijf = Contact.IDbedrijf

All the records you saw in the SELECT statement will be removed.

You may even create a more difficult inner join with he same procedure, for example:

DELETE FROM Contact
INNER JOIN Bedrijf ON Bedrijf.IDBedrijf = Contact.IDbedrijf
INNER JOIN LoginBedrijf ON Bedrijf.IDLoginBedrijf = LoginBedrijf.IDLoginBedrijf
2019/08/14