Summary: in this tutorial, you will learn how to remove databases using SQL DROP DATABASE statement.

SQL DROP DATABASESQL provides DROP DATABASE statement to allow you to remove existing databases. The SQL DROP DATABASE statement deletes all tables, views, triggers, and other related objects inside a database, and also removes the database permanently.

The following illustrates the syntax of the statement:

Some database management systems, such as Microsoft SQL Server or MySQL, allow you to drop multiple databases using a single DROP DATABASE statement. To remove multiple databases, you specify a list of comma-separated database name after the keyword DROP DATABASE as follows:


Let’s practice with an example to get familiar with the DROP DATABASE statement.

First, create a new database for the practicing purpose. If you don’t know how to create a new database, check it out the creating a database tutorial.

Second, connect to this database to confirm if it is created successfully.

Third, use the DROP DATABASE to remove the  mydb database.

Notes on SQL DROP DATABASE statement

There are some important points you should keep them in mind before using the DROP DATABASE statement.

  • You should execute the DROP DATABASE statement with extra cautious because when the database is removed, it cannot be undone.
  • To execute the DROP DATABASE you must have remove database privilege. Typically the database owner can remove the database.
  • Before removing the database, make sure that you communicate with stakeholders and shutdown connections that are connecting to the database.

For more information on removing databases in specific database management systems:

In this tutorial, we have shown you how to use the SQL DROP DATABASE statement to remove a database in a database server.

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