Remove a remote table (e.g., created by dbWriteTable()) from the database.

dbRemoveTable(conn, name, ...)



A DBIConnection object, as returned by dbConnect().


A character string specifying a DBMS table name.


Other parameters passed on to methods.


dbRemoveTable() returns TRUE, invisibly. If the table does not exist, an error is raised. An attempt to remove a view with this function may result in an error.

An error is raised when calling this method for a closed or invalid connection. An error is also raised if name cannot be processed with dbQuoteIdentifier() or if this results in a non-scalar.


A table removed by dbRemoveTable() doesn't appear in the list of tables returned by dbListTables(), and dbExistsTable() returns FALSE. The removal propagates immediately to other connections to the same database. This function can also be used to remove a temporary table.

The name argument is processed as follows, to support databases that allow non-syntactic names for their objects:

See also

Other DBIConnection generics: DBIConnection-class, dbDataType, dbDisconnect, dbExecute, dbExistsTable, dbGetException, dbGetInfo, dbGetQuery, dbIsValid, dbListFields, dbListResults, dbListTables, dbReadTable, dbSendQuery, dbSendStatement, dbWriteTable


con <- dbConnect(RSQLite::SQLite(), ":memory:") dbExistsTable(con, "iris")
#> [1] FALSE
dbWriteTable(con, "iris", iris) dbExistsTable(con, "iris")
#> [1] TRUE
dbRemoveTable(con, "iris") dbExistsTable(con, "iris")
#> [1] FALSE