ColumnStore Create Table

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A database consists of tables that store user data. You can create multiple columns with the create table statement. The data type follows the column name when adding columns.


CREATE TABLE [IF NOT EXISTS] tbl_name (create_definition,...) engine=columnstore [ DEFAULT CHARSET=character-set] [COMMENT '[compression=0|1][;]

CREATE TABLE [IF NOT EXISTS] tbl_name { LIKE old_table_name | (LIKE old_table_name) }

create_definition: { col_name column_definition } column_definition: data_type [NOT NULL | NULL] [DEFAULT default_value] [COMMENT '[compression=0|1];


  • ColumnStore tables should not be created in the mysql, information_schema, calpontsys or test databases.
  • ColumnStore stores all object names in lower case.
  • CREATE TABLE LIKE is supported starting from version MariaDB CoumnStore 1.2 and higher
  • CREATE TABLE AS SELECT is not supported, and will instead create the table in the default storage engine.
  • Compression level (0 for no compression, 1 for compression) can be set at the system level. If a session default exists, this will override the system default. In turn, this can be overridden by the table level compression comment, and finally a compression comment at the column level.
  • A table can be created in the front end only by using a ‘schema sync only’ comment. This could be useful when the table has been created on one user module, and needs to be synced to others.
  • The column DEFAULT value can be a maximum of 64 characters.
  • For maximum compatibility with external tools MariaDB ColumnStore will accept the following table attributes, however these are not implemented within MariaDB ColumnStore:
    • MIN_ROWS
    • MAX_ROWS

All of these are ignored by ColumnStore.The following statement creates a table called orders with two columns: orderkey with datatype integer and customer with datatype varchar:

  orderkey INTEGER, 
  customer VARCHAR(45)
) ENGINE=ColumnStore


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