SQL Order by Clause With Examples

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Order by Clause

The SQL ORDER BY clause is used to sort the data in ascending or descending order, based on one or more columns. Some databases sort the query results in an ascending order by default.

Syntax:

						
SELECT column-list 
FROM table_name 
[WHERE condition] 
[ORDER BY column1, column2, .. columnN] [ASC | DESC];

Where, ASC: It is used to sort the result set in ascending order by expression

Where, DESC: It sorts the result set in descending order by expression.

Sorting Results in Ascending Order

Table
CUSTOMER

CUSTOMER_ID NAME ADDRESS
12 Kathrin US
23 David Bangkok
34 Alina Dubai
45 John UK
56 Harry US

Enter the following SQL statement:

SELECT *  
FROM CUSTOMER  
ORDER BY NAME;

Result:

CUSTOMER_ID NAME ADDRESS
34 Alina Dubai
23 David Bangkok
56 Harry US
45 John UK
12 Kathrin US

Example: Sorting Results in Descending Order

Using the above CUSTOMER table
SELECT *  
FROM CUSTOMER  
ORDER BY NAME DESC;

Result:

CUSTOMER_ID NAME ADDRESS
12 Kathrin US
45 John UK
56 Harry US
23 David Bangkok
34 Alina Dubai

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