The SQL DROP TABLE statement is used to delete an existing table in a relational database management system (RDBMS). The DROP TABLE statement is a destructive operation, meaning that once you have dropped a table, all the data stored in it will be permanently deleted, and there is no way to recover it. Therefore, it is important to be very careful when using this statement, and to make sure you have a backup of your data before dropping a table.

The syntax for the DROP TABLE statement is as follows:

1DROP TABLE table_name;

Where table_name is the name of the table you want to delete.

For example, to drop a table named Orders, you would use the following statement:


Before you can drop a table, you need to make sure that you have closed all the connections to the table and that no one is using it. If someone is using the table, you will get an error message when you try to drop it.

It's important to note that the syntax for the DROP TABLE statement may vary depending on the specific RDBMS you are using. For example, in Microsoft SQL Server, you may need to specify the IF EXISTS keyword to avoid getting an error message if the table does not exist.