The ALTER VIEW statement changes the name of a view.

It is not currently possible to change the SELECT statement executed by a view. Instead, you must drop the existing view and create a new view. Also, it is not currently possible to rename a view that other views depend on, but this ability may be added in the future (see this issue).

Required Privileges

The user must have the DROP privilege on the view and the CREATE privilege on the parent database.

Synopsis

ALTER VIEW IF EXISTS view_name RENAME TO name

Parameters

Parameter Description
IF EXISTS Rename the view only if a view of view_name exists; if one does not exist, do not return an error.
view_name The name of the view to rename. To find view names, use:

SELECT * FROM information_schema.tables WHERE table_type = 'VIEW';
name The new name for the view, which must be unique to its database and follow these identifier rules.

Example

> SELECT * FROM information_schema.tables WHERE table_type = 'VIEW';
+---------------+-------------------+--------------------+------------+---------+
| TABLE_CATALOG |   TABLE_SCHEMA    |     TABLE_NAME     | TABLE_TYPE | VERSION |
+---------------+-------------------+--------------------+------------+---------+
| def           | bank              | user_accounts      | VIEW       |       2 |
| def           | bank              | user_emails        | VIEW       |       1 |
+---------------+-------------------+--------------------+------------+---------+
(2 rows)
> ALTER VIEW bank.user_emails RENAME TO bank.user_email_addresses;
RENAME VIEW
> SELECT * FROM information_schema.tables WHERE table_type = 'VIEW';
+---------------+-------------------+----------------------+------------+---------+
| TABLE_CATALOG |   TABLE_SCHEMA    |      TABLE_NAME      | TABLE_TYPE | VERSION |
+---------------+-------------------+----------------------+------------+---------+
| def           | bank              | user_accounts        | VIEW       |       2 |
| def           | bank              | user_email_addresses | VIEW       |       3 |
+---------------+-------------------+----------------------+------------+---------+
(2 rows)

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