Vertica Analytics Platform Version 9.2.x Documentation

OFFSET Clause

Omits a specified number of rows from the beginning of the result set.

Syntax

OFFSET rows

Parameters

start‑row

Specifies the first row to include in the result set. All preceding rows are omitted.

Dependencies

  • Use an ORDER BY clause with OFFSET. Otherwise, the query returns an undefined subset of the result set.
  • OFFSET must follow the ORDER BY clause in a SELECT statement or UNION clause.
  • When a SELECT statement or UNION clause specifies both LIMIT and OFFSET, Vertica first processes the OFFSET statement, and then applies the LIMIT statement to the remaining rows.

Example

The following query returns 14 rows from the customer_dimension table:

=> SELECT customer_name, customer_gender FROM customer_dimension 
   WHERE occupation='Dancer' AND customer_city = 'San Francisco' ORDER BY customer_name;
    customer_name     | customer_gender
----------------------+-----------------
 Amy X. Lang          | Female
 Anna H. Li           | Female
 Brian O. Weaver      | Male
 Craig O. Pavlov      | Male
 Doug Z. Goldberg     | Male
 Harold S. Jones      | Male
 Jack E. Perkins      | Male
 Joseph W. Overstreet | Male
 Kevin . Campbell     | Male
 Raja Y. Wilson       | Male
 Samantha O. Brown    | Female
 Steve H. Gauthier    | Male
 William . Nielson    | Male
 William Z. Roy       | Male
(14 rows)

If you modify the previous query to specify an offset of 8 (OFFSET 8) clause, Vertica skips the first eight rows of the previous result set. The query returns the following results:

=> SELECT customer_name, customer_gender FROM customer_dimension 
   WHERE occupation='Dancer' AND customer_city = 'San Francisco' ORDER BY customer_name OFFSET 8;
   customer_name   | customer_gender
-------------------+-----------------
 Kevin . Campbell  | Male
 Raja Y. Wilson    | Male
 Samantha O. Brown | Female
 Steve H. Gauthier | Male
 William . Nielson | Male
 William Z. Roy    | Male
(6 rows)