Remove duplicate records from a table in SQL Server

Shailendra Chauhan  Print 
24 Aug 2012
24 Sep 2016
Intermediate
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Sometimes we required to remove duplicate records from a table although table has a UniqueID Column with identity. In this article, I would like to share a best way to delete duplicate records from a table in SQL Server.

Suppose we have below Employee table in SQL Server.

 CREATE TABLE dbo.Employee
( 
EmpID int IDENTITY(1,1) NOT NULL, 
Name varchar(55) NULL, 
Salary decimal(10, 2) NULL, 
Designation varchar(20) NULL
 ) 

The data in this table is as shown below:

Remove Duplicate Records by using ROW_NUMBER()

 WITH TempEmp (Name,duplicateRecCount)
AS
(
SELECT Name,ROW_NUMBER() OVER(PARTITION by Name, Salary ORDER BY Name) 
AS duplicateRecCount
FROM dbo.Employee
)
--Now Delete Duplicate Records
DELETE FROM TempEmp
WHERE duplicateRecCount > 1 
 --See affected table
Select * from Employee 

For more help about ROW_NUMBER(), please follow the MSDN link.

Summary

In this article, I expose how can you remove duplicate records from a table in SQL Server. I hope after reading this article you will be able to use these tips. I would like to have feedback from my blog readers. Please post your feedback, question, or comments about this article.

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