SHOW VIEWS (Databricks SQL)

Returns all the views for an optionally specified database. Additionally, the output of this statement may be filtered by an optional matching pattern. If no database is specified then the views are returned from the current database. Note that the command also lists local temporary views regardless of a given database.

Syntax

SHOW VIEWS [ { FROM | IN } database_name ] [ LIKE regex_pattern ]

Parameters

  • database_name

    The database name from which views are listed.

  • regex_pattern

    The regular expression pattern that is used to filter out unwanted views.

    • Except for * and | character, the pattern works like a regular expression.
    • * alone matches 0 or more characters and | is used to separate multiple different regular expressions, any of which can match.
    • The leading and trailing blanks are trimmed in the input pattern before processing. The pattern match is case-insensitive.

Examples

-- Create views in different databases, also create global/local temp views.
> CREATE VIEW sam AS SELECT id, salary FROM employee WHERE name = 'sam';
> CREATE VIEW sam1 AS SELECT id, salary FROM employee WHERE name = 'sam1';
> CREATE VIEW suj AS SELECT id, salary FROM employee WHERE name = 'suj';
> USE userdb;
> CREATE VIEW user1 AS SELECT id, salary FROM default.employee WHERE name = 'user1';
> CREATE VIEW user2 AS SELECT id, salary FROM default.employee WHERE name = 'user2';
> USE default;
> CREATE TEMP VIEW temp1 AS SELECT 1 AS col1;
> CREATE TEMP VIEW temp2 AS SELECT 1 AS col1;

-- List all views in default database
> SHOW VIEWS;
  namespace     viewName     isTemporary
 ------------- ------------ --------------
  default       sam          false
  default       sam1         false
  default       suj          false
                temp2        true

-- List all views from userdb database
> SHOW VIEWS FROM userdb;
  namespace     viewName     isTemporary
 ------------- ------------ --------------
  userdb        user1        false
  userdb        user2        false
                temp2        true

-- List all views from default database matching the pattern `sam*`
> SHOW VIEWS FROM default LIKE 'sam*';
  namespace   viewName     isTemporary
 ----------- ------------ --------------
  default     sam          false
  default     sam1         false

-- List all views from the current database matching the pattern `sam|suj|temp*`
> SHOW VIEWS LIKE 'sam|suj|temp*';
  namespace     viewName     isTemporary
 ------------- ------------ --------------
  default       sam          false
  default       suj          false
                temp2        true