PostgreSQL provides the IN operator to match a list of values. Rather than writing a list of OR clauses we can use the IN as a shortcut. For example, say we have a list of cities and addresses. We can check if an address is located in our list using the IN operation. In this article, we will learn how to use th eIN operator.
The basic syntax of IN is as follows:
[value] IN (val1, val2, val3, …)
Value is the column we want to compare and the list to the right is the list of values we will accept.
For our setup, we will use docker compose to create a Postgres database and to connect phpmyadmin. Start by copying the following into a docker compose file called
version: '3' services: db: image: 'postgres:latest' ports: - 5432:5432 environment: POSTGRES_USER: username POSTGRES_PASSWORD: password POSTGRES_DB: default_database volumes: - psqldata:/var/lib/postgresql phpmyadmin: image: phpmyadmin/phpmyadmin links: - db environment: PMA_HOST: db PMA_PORT: 3306 PMA_ARBITRARY: 1 restart: always ports: - 8081:80 volumes: psqldata:
We can run this file, we can use
docker-compose up. One this is done, open up phpmyadmin by going to http://localhost:8081.
You can then login by leaving the host empty and using the following credentials.
POSTGRES_USER: username POSTGRES_PASSWORD: password
In this article, we will need some data to work with. If you don't understand these commands, don't worry, we will cover them in later articles.
We will be using the sample db provided here: https://dev.Postgres.com/doc/sakila/en/. However, we will only enter what we need rather than import the whole db.
Next, let's create an
CREATE TABLE actor ( actor_id smallint, first_name VARCHAR(45) NOT NULL, last_name VARCHAR(45) NOT NULL, last_update TIMESTAMP(0) NOT NULL DEFAULT CURRENT_TIMESTAMP, PRIMARY KEY (actor_id) ) ;
And finally, let's enter a few rows.
INSERT INTO actor VALUES (1,'PENELOPE','GUINESS','2006-02-15 04:34:33'), (2,'NICK','WAHLBERG','2006-02-15 04:34:33'), (3,'ED','CHASE','2006-02-15 04:34:33'), (4,'JENNIFER','DAVIS','2006-02-15 04:34:33'), (5,'JOHNNY','LOLLOBRIGIDA','2006-02-15 04:34:33'), (6,'BETTE','NICHOLSON','2006-02-15 04:34:33'), (7,'GRACE','MOSTEL','2006-02-15 04:34:33'), (8,'MATTHEW','JOHANSSON','2006-02-15 04:34:33')
Let’s say want to select actors with either last name GUINESS or CHASE. We could use multiple OR clauses.
SELECT * FROM actor WHERE last_name = 'GUINESS' OR last_name = 'CHASE';
If we needed to add more countries, the OR clauses can get long. Instead, we can replace that with the IN operator.
SELECT * FROM actor WHERE last_name IN ('GUINESS', 'CHASE');