Intersect Operator

Oracle INTERSECT Operator

In Oracle, INTERSECT Operator is used to return the results of 2 or more SELECT statement. It picks the common or intersecting records from compound SELECT queries.


  1. SELECT expression1, expression2, ... expression_n  
  2. FROM table1  
  3. WHERE conditions  
  5. SELECT expression1, expression2, ... expression_n  
  6. FROM table2  
  7. WHERE conditions;  



1) expression1, expression2, ... expression_n: It specifies the columns that you want to retrieve.

2) table1, table2: It specifies the tables that you want to retrieve records from.

3) conditions: it specifies the conditions that must be fulfilled for the records to be selected.

Oracle INTERSECT Example: (with single expression)

Suppliers Table

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Suppliers Data

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Order_details Table

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Order_details Data

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  1. SELECT supplier_id  
  2. FROM suppliers  
  4. SELECT supplier_id  
  5. FROM order_details;  


In the above example, the supplier_id appears in both the suppliers and order_details table. Now the common entries will be returned in the result set.


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Oracle INTERSECT Example: (with multiple expressions)

Supplier Table

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Supplier Data

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Customer Table

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Customer Data

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  1. SELECT supplier_id, last_name, first_name  
  2. FROM supplier  
  3. WHERE first_name <> 'dhirubhai'  
  5. SELECT customer_id, last_name, first_name  
  6. FROM customer  
  7. WHERE customer_id < 5;  



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The above example returns the records from the supplier table where the supplier_id, last_name and first_name values match the customer_id, last_name, and first_name value of customer table.