Use the RENAME COLUMN statement to rename a column in a table.

The RENAME COLUMN sactatement allows you to rename an existing column in an existing table in any schema (except the schema SYS).



The name of the table containing the column to rename.


The name of the column to be renamed.


The new name for the column.

Usage Notes

To rename a column, you must either be the database owner or the table owner.

To perform other table alterations, see the  ALTER TABLE statement.

If a view, trigger, check constraint, or generation-clause of a generated column references the column, an attempt to rename it will generate an error.

The RENAME COLUMN statement is not allowed if there are any open cursors that reference the column that is being altered.

If there is an index defined on the column, the column can still be renamed; the index is automatically updated to refer to the column by its new name.


To rename the Birthdate column in table Players to BornDate, use the following syntax:

splice> RENAME COLUMN Players.Birthdate TO BornDate;
0 rows inserted/updated/deleted

If you want to modify a column’s data type, you can combine ALTER TABLE, UPDATE, and RENAME COLUMN using these steps, as show in the example below:

  1. Add a new column to the table with the new data type
  2. Copy the values from the “old” column to the new column with an UPDATE statement.
  3. Drop the “old” column.
  4. Rename the new column with the old column’s name.
splice> ALTER TABLE Players ADD COLUMN NewPosition VARCHAR(8);
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splice> UPDATE Players SET NewPosition = Position;
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splice> ALTER TABLE Players DROP COLUMN Position;
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splice> RENAME COLUMN Players.NewPosition TO Position;
0 rows inserted/updated/deleted

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