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UNION statement

Use this statement to combine the results of two or more select statements.


[ WITH temporary-views ] query-block
UNION [ ALL | DISTINCT ] query-block
[ ORDER BY [ integer | select-list-expression-name ] [ ASC | DESC ], ... ]
[ FOR XML xml-mode ]
[ OPTION( query-hint, ... ) ]

query-hint :
| option-name = option-value

option-name : identifier

option-value : hostvar (indicator allowed), string, identifier, or number


You cannot use the FOR, FOR XML, WITH, or OPTION clause in the query-block.

OPTION clause    This clause provides hints as to how to process the query. The following query hints are supported:


The results of several query blocks can be combined into a larger result using UNION. Each query-block must have the same number of items in the select list.

The results of UNION ALL are the combined results of the query blocks. The results of UNION are the same as UNION ALL, except that duplicate rows are eliminated. Eliminating duplicates requires extra processing, so UNION ALL should be used instead of UNION where possible. UNION DISTINCT is identical to UNION.

If corresponding items in two select lists have different data types, SQL Anywhere chooses a data type for the corresponding column in the result and automatically convert the columns in each query-block appropriately.

The first query block of the UNION is used to determine the names to be matched with the ORDER BY clause.

The column names displayed are the same column names that are displayed for the first query-block. An alternative way of customizing result set column names is to use the WITH clause on the query-block.


Must have SELECT permission for each query-block.

Side effects


See also
Standards and compatibility

List all distinct surnames of employees and customers.

SELECT Surname
FROM Employees
SELECT Surname
FROM Customers;