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Oracle/PLSQL : UNION ALL Operator

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This Oracle tutorial explains how to use the Oracle UNION ALL operator with syntax and examples.


The Oracle UNION ALL operator is used to combine the result sets of 2 or more SELECT statements. It returns all rows from the query and it does not remove duplicate rows between the various SELECT statements.

Each SELECT statement within the Oracle UNION ALL operator must have the same number of fields in the result sets with similar data types.


The syntax for the UNION ALL operator in Oracle/PLSQL is:

SELECT expression1, expression2, ... expression_n

FROM tables

[WHERE conditions]


SELECT expression1, expression2, ... expression_n

FROM tables

[WHERE conditions];

Parameters or Arguments

expression1, expression2, ... expression_n

The columns or calculations that you wish to retrieve.


The tables that you wish to retrieve records from. There must be at least one table listed in the FROM clause.

WHERE conditions

Optional. The conditions that must be met for the records to be selected.


  • There must be same number of expressions in both SELECT statements.

Example - Return single field

The following is an example of the Oracle UNION ALL operator that returns one field from multiple SELECT statements (and both fields have the same data type):

SELECT supplier_id

FROM suppliers


SELECT supplier_id

FROM orders;

This Oracle UNION ALL operator would return a supplier_id multiple times in your result set if the supplier_id appeared in both the suppliers and orders table. The Oracle UNION ALL operator does not remove duplicates. If you wish to remove duplicates, try using the Oracle UNION operator.

Example - Using ORDER BY

The Oracle UNION ALL operator can use the Oracle ORDER BY clause to order the results of the query.

For example:

SELECT supplier_id, supplier_name

FROM suppliers

WHERE state = 'California'


SELECT company_id, company_name

FROM companies

WHERE company_id > 1000


In this Oracle UNION ALL operator, since the column names are different between the two SELECT statements, it is more advantageous to reference the columns in the ORDER BY clause by their position in the result set. In this example, we've sorted the results by supplier_name / company_name in ascending order, as denoted by the ORDER BY 2.

The supplier_name / company_name fields are in position #2 in the result set.


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