The dbSendStatement() method only submits and synchronously executes the SQL data manipulation statement (e.g., UPDATE, DELETE, INSERT INTO, DROP TABLE, ...) to the database engine. To query the number of affected rows, call dbGetRowsAffected() on the returned result object. You must also call dbClearResult() after that. For interactive use, you should almost always prefer dbExecute().

dbSendStatement(conn, statement, ...)



A DBIConnection object, as returned by dbConnect().


a character string containing SQL.


Other parameters passed on to methods.


dbSendStatement() returns an S4 object that inherits from DBIResult. The result set can be used with dbGetRowsAffected() to determine the number of rows affected by the query. Once you have finished using a result, make sure to clear it with dbClearResult(). An error is raised when issuing a statement over a closed or invalid connection, if the syntax of the statement is invalid, or if the statement is not a non-NA string.


dbSendStatement() comes with a default implementation that simply forwards to dbSendQuery(), to support backends that only implement the latter.


No warnings occur under normal conditions. When done, the DBIResult object must be cleared with a call to dbClearResult(). Failure to clear the result set leads to a warning when the connection is closed. If the backend supports only one open result set per connection, issuing a second query invalidates an already open result set and raises a warning. The newly opened result set is valid and must be cleared with dbClearResult().

See also

For queries: dbSendQuery() and dbGetQuery().

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


con <- dbConnect(RSQLite::SQLite(), ":memory:") dbWriteTable(con, "cars", head(cars, 3)) rs <- dbSendStatement(con, "INSERT INTO cars (speed, dist) VALUES (1, 1), (2, 2), (3, 3);") dbHasCompleted(rs)
#> [1] TRUE
#> [1] 3
dbClearResult(rs) dbReadTable(con, "cars") # there are now 6 rows
#> speed dist #> 1 4 2 #> 2 4 10 #> 3 7 4 #> 4 1 1 #> 5 2 2 #> 6 3 3