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The SQL INNER JOIN keyword is used to combine column values of two tables and returns all rows from both of the tables when there is a match between the columns.

SQL INNER JOIN

Syntax

The syntax for using INNER JOIN keyword is given below:

SELECT table1.column1, table1.column2, table2.column1, table2.column2, ...
FROM table1
INNER JOIN table2
ON table1.matching_column = table2.matching_column;

Example:

Consider database tables called Employee and Contact_Info with the following records:

Table 1: Employee table

EmpIDNameAgeSalary
1John253000
2Marry242750
3Jo272800
4Kim303100
5Ramesh283000
6Huang282800

Table 2: Contact_Info table

Phone_NumberEmpIDAddress
+1-80XXXXX0002XXX, Brooklyn, New York, USA
+33-14XXXXX013XXX, Grenelle, Paris, France
+31-20XXXXX194XXX, Geuzenveld, Amsterdam, Netherlands
+86-10XXXXX4586XXX, Yizhuangzhen, Beijing, China
+65-67XXXXX47XXX, Yishun, Singapore
+81-35XXXXX728XXX, Koto City, Tokyo, Japan

  • To inner join Employee and Contact_Info tables based on matching column EmpID, the SQL code is given below. This will fetch Name and Age columns from Employee table and Address column from Contact_Info table.

    SELECT Employee.Name, Employee.Age, Contact_Info.Address 
    FROM Employee
    INNER JOIN Contact_Info
    ON Employee.EmpID = Contact_Info.EmpID;
    

    This will produce the result as shown below:

    NameAgeAddress
    Marry24XXX, Brooklyn, New York, USA
    Jo27XXX, Grenelle, Paris, France
    Kim30XXX, Geuzenveld, Amsterdam, Netherlands
    Huang28XXX, Yizhuangzhen, Beijing, China
  • To fetch all fields of a table, table.* keyword is used, for example - to fetch all fields of the Employee table, Employee.* is used in the below SQL code:

    SELECT Employee.*, Contact_Info.Address 
    FROM Employee
    INNER JOIN Contact_Info
    ON Employee.EmpID = Contact_Info.EmpID;
    

    This result of the following code will be:

    EmpIDNameAgeSalaryAddress
    2Marry242750XXX, Brooklyn, New York, USA
    3Jo272800XXX, Grenelle, Paris, France
    4Kim303100XXX, Geuzenveld, Amsterdam, Netherlands
    6Huang282800XXX, Yizhuangzhen, Beijing, China