Refresh one or more tables explicitly.

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REFRESH TABLE (table_ident [ PARTITION (partition_column=value [ , ... ])] [, ...] )


The REFRESH TABLE command refreshes one or more tables, making all changes made to that table visible to subsequent commands.

The PARTITION clause can be used to refresh specific partitions of a partitioned table instead of all partitions. The PARTITION clause requires all partitioned columns with the values that identify the partition as argument.

In case the PARTITION clause is omitted all open partitions will be refreshed. Closed partitions are not refreshed.

See Partitioned tables for more information on partitioned tables.

For performance reasons, refreshing tables or partitions should be avoided as it is an expensive operation. By default CrateDB periodically refreshes the tables anyway. See Refresh and refresh_interval for more information about the periodic refreshes.

Without an explicit REFRESH, other statements like UPDATE, DELETE or SELECT won’t see data until the periodic refresh happens.

An exception to that are statements which can filter on a primary key with an exact match on all primary key values within a record. For example, looking up a single document in a table with a single primary key column:

WHERE pk = 'ID1'

If the primary key consists of multiple columns it would look like this:

WHERE pk1 = 'ID_PART_1' AND pk2 = 'ID_PART_2'

Or if you want to query multiple records:

WHERE pk = 'ID1' OR pk = 'ID2' OR pk = 'ID3'

These kind of filters will result in a primary key lookup. You can use the EXPLAIN statement to verify if this is the case:

cr> CREATE TABLE pk_demo (id int primary key);
CREATE OK, 1 row affected  (... sec)

cr> EXPLAIN SELECT * FROM pk_demo WHERE id = 1;
| EXPLAIN                                       |
| Get[doc.pk_demo | id | DocKeys{1} | (id = 1)] |
EXPLAIN 1 row in set (... sec)

This lists a Get operator, which is the internal operator name for a primary key lookup. Compare this with the following output:

cr> EXPLAIN SELECT * FROM pk_demo WHERE id > 1;
| EXPLAIN                                |
| Collect[doc.pk_demo | [id] | (id > 1)] |
EXPLAIN 1 row in set (... sec)

The filter changed to id > 1, in this case CrateDB can no longer use a primary key lookup and the used operator changed to a Collect operator.

To avoid the need for manual refreshes it can be useful to make use of primary key lookups, as they see the data even if the table hasn’t been refreshed yet.

See also Consistency.


table_ident:The name (optionally schema-qualified) of an existing table that is to be refreshed.
partition_column:Column name by which the table is partitioned.



[ PARTITION ( partition_column = value [ , ... ] ) ]

The name of the column by which the table is partitioned.

All partition columns that were part of the PARTITIONED BY of the CREATE TABLE statement must be specified.


The columns value.


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