The BigQuery data manipulation language (DML) enables you to update, insert, and delete data from your BigQuery tables.
You can execute DML statements just as you would a
SELECT statement, with the
- You must use standard SQL. To enable standard SQL, see Switching SQL dialects.
You cannot specify a destination table. For example, in the Cloud Console you must have Destination Table set to No table selected.
Each DML statement initiates an implicit transaction, which means that changes made by the statement are automatically committed at the end of each successful DML statement. There is no support for multi-statement transactions.
Rows that were written to a table recently by using streaming (the
tabledata.insertallmethod) cannot be modified with
MERGEstatements. Recent writes are typically those that occur within the last 30 minutes. Note that all other rows in the table remain modifiable by using
Correlated subqueries within a
merge_insert_clauseare not supported for
Queries that contain DML statements cannot use a wildcard table as the target of the query. For example, a wildcard table can be used in the
FROMclause of an
UPDATEquery, but a wildcard table cannot be used as the target of the
BigQuery manages the concurrency of DML statements that add or modify or delete rows in a table.
INSERT DML concurrency
During any 24 hour period, the first 1000 statements that
INSERT into a table
run concurrently. After this limit is reached, the concurrency of
statements that write to a table is limited to 10. Any
INSERT DML jobs beyond
10 are queued in PENDING state. After a previous job
finishes, the next PENDING job is dequeued and run. Currently, up to
INSERT DML statements can be queued against a table at any given
UPDATE, DELETE, MERGE DML concurrency
We refer to
MERGE DML statements as mutating DML
statements. If you submit one or more mutating DML statements on a table while
other mutating DML jobs on it are still running (or pending),
BigQuery will run up to 2 of them concurrently, after which up to 20 will be queued as pending. When a previously running job finishes, the next PENDING job is
dequeued and run. Currently, queued mutating DML statements share a per-table queue with maximum length 20. Additional statements past the maximum queue length for each table will fail.
INTERACTIVE priority DML jobs that are queued for more than 6 hours fail.
DML statement conflicts
Concurrently running mutating DML statements on a table might fail due to conflicts in the changes they make. BigQuery retries these failures.
INSERTDML statement that inserts rows to a table doesn't conflict with any other concurrently running DML statement.
MERGEDML statements that contain only an
INSERTclause with no
DELETEclauses don't conflict with any other concurrently running DML statement.
MERGEDML statements with
DELETEclauses don't conflict with any other concurrently running DML statement as long the
MERGEstatement does not lead to update or deletion of existing rows.
For information on DML pricing, see Data Manipulation Language pricing on the Pricing page.
For best performance, we recommend the following patterns:
Avoid submitting large numbers of individual row updates or insertions. Instead, group DML operations together when possible. For more information, see DML statements that update or insert single rows.
If updates or deletions generally happen on older data, or within a particular range of dates, consider partitioning your tables. Partitioning ensures that the changes are limited to specific partitions within the table.
Avoid partitioning tables if the amount of data in each partition is small and each update modifies a large fraction of the partitions.
If you often update rows where one or more columns fall within a narrow range of values, consider using clustered tables. Clustering ensures that changes are limited to specific sets of blocks, reducing the amount of data that needs to be read and written. The following is an example of an
UPDATEstatement that filters on a range of column values:
UPDATE s = "some string" WHERE id BETWEEN 54 AND 75
Here is a similar example that filters on a small list of column values:
UPDATE s = "some string" WHERE id IN (54, 57, 60)
Consider clustering on the
idcolumn in these cases.
If you need OLTP functionality, consider using Cloud SQL federated queries, which enable BigQuery to query data that resides in Cloud SQL.
- See DML syntax and samples on the DML syntax page.