Summary: in this tutorial, you will learn how to use the MySQL INSERT INTO SELECT statement to insert data into a table, where data comes from the result of a SELECT statement.


In the previous tutorial, you learned how to insert one or more rows into a table using the INSERT a statement with a list of column values specified in the VALUES clause.

INSERT INTO table_name(c1,c2,...) VALUES(v1,v2,..);

Besides using row values in the VALUES clause, you can use the result of a SELECT a statement as the data source for the INSERT statement.

The following illustrates the syntax of the INSERT INTO SELECT statement:

INSERT INTO table_name(column_list) SELECT select_list FROM another_table WHERE condition;

In this syntax, instead of using the VALUES clause, you can use a SELECT statement. The SELECT statement can retrieve data from one or more tables.

The INSERT INTO SELECT the statement is very useful when you want to copy data from other tables to a table or to summarize data from multiple tables into a table.


First, create a new table calledsuppliers :

CREATE TABLE suppliers ( supplierNumber INT AUTO_INCREMENT, supplierName VARCHAR(50) NOT NULL, phone VARCHAR(50), addressLine1 VARCHAR(50), addressLine2 VARCHAR(50), city VARCHAR(50), state VARCHAR(50), postalCode VARCHAR(50), country VARCHAR(50), customerNumber INT, PRIMARY KEY (supplierNumber) );

Note that you will learn how to create a new table in the subsequent tutorial. For now, you just need to execute this statement to create the  suppliers table.

Suppose all customers from California, USA become the company’s suppliers. The following query finds all customers located in California, USA:

SELECT customerNumber, customerName, phone, addressLine1, addressLine2, city, state, postalCode, country FROM customers WHERE country = 'USA' AND state = 'CA';

Second, use the INSERT INTO ... SELECT statement to insert customers who locate in California USA from the  customers table into the  suppliers table:

INSERT INTO suppliers ( supplierName, phone, addressLine1, addressLine2, city, state, postalCode, country, customerNumber ) SELECT customerName, phone, addressLine1, addressLine2, city, state , postalCode, country, customerNumber FROM customers WHERE country = 'USA' AND state = 'CA';

It returned the following message indicating that 11 rows have been inserted successfully.

11 row(s) affected Records: 11 Duplicates: 0 Warnings: 0

Third, verify the insert by querying data from the  suppliers table:

SELECT * FROM suppliers;

Here is the output:

Using SELECT statement in the VALUES list

First, create a new table called stats:

CREATE TABLE stats ( totalProduct INT, totalCustomer INT, totalOrder INT );

Second, use the INSERT statement to insert values that come from the SELECT statements:

INSERT INTO stats(totalProduct, totalCustomer, totalOrder) VALUES( (SELECT COUNT(*) FROM products), (SELECT COUNT(*) FROM customers), (SELECT COUNT(*) FROM orders) );

In this example:

  • First, use the SELECT statements with the COUNT() functions to get the total products, employees, and orders.
  • Second, use the values returned from the SELECT statement in place of values in the VALUES clause of the INSERT statement.

Third, query data from the tablestats:

SELECT * FROM stats;

In this tutorial, you have learned how to use the MySQL INSERT INTO SELECT statement to insert data into a table from a result set.


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