Does Snowflake support sequences?

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Does Snowflake support sequences?

Alejandro Penzini Unselected an answer June 30, 2023
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Yes, Snowflake supports sequences, which are used to generate unique numeric values in a sequential order. Sequences are useful for scenarios such as generating surrogate keys for tables or creating unique identifiers for records.

In Snowflake, you can create a sequence using the CREATE SEQUENCE statement. Here's an example of creating a sequence:

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CREATE SEQUENCE my_sequence;
By default, the sequence starts at 1 and increments by 1 for each new value generated. However, you can customize the sequence behavior by specifying additional options during sequence creation, such as the starting value, increment, minimum value, maximum value, and cycle behavior.

Once the sequence is created, you can retrieve the next value from the sequence using the NEXTVAL function. Here's an example:

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SELECT NEXTVAL(my_sequence);
Snowflake ensures that the sequence values are generated in a concurrent-safe manner, even in a multi-user environment with high concurrency. Each user session will receive a unique value from the sequence when calling the NEXTVAL function.

Sequences in Snowflake are particularly useful when you need to generate unique, incrementing values without the need for external synchronization or coordination. They offer a reliable and scalable solution for generating sequential numeric values in a distributed data environment.

It's important to note that Snowflake sequences are not transactionally tied to specific tables. If you require sequences that are tightly integrated with table records, you can use an auto-incrementing column with the IDENTITY keyword instead.

Alejandro Penzini Changed status to publish June 30, 2023

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