ANSI SQL Compatibility of ClickHouse SQL Dialect 

Differences in Behaviour 

The following table lists cases when query feature works in ClickHouse, but behaves not as specified in ANSI SQL.

Feature ID Feature Name Difference
E011 Numeric data types Numeric literal with period is interpreted as approximate (Float64) instead of exact (Decimal)
E051-05 Select items can be renamed Item renames have a wider visibility scope than just the SELECT result
E141-01 NOT NULL constraints NOT NULL is implied for table columns by default
E011-04 Arithmetic operators ClickHouse overflows instead of checked arithmetic and changes the result data type based on custom rules

Feature Status 

Feature ID Feature Name Status Comment
E011 Numeric data types Partial
E011-01 INTEGER and SMALLINT data types Yes
E011-02 REAL, DOUBLE PRECISION and FLOAT data types data types Partial FLOAT(<binary_precision>), REAL and DOUBLE PRECISION are not supported
E011-03 DECIMAL and NUMERIC data types Partial Only DECIMAL(p,s) is supported, not NUMERIC
E011-04 Arithmetic operators Yes
E011-05 Numeric comparison Yes
E011-06 Implicit casting among the numeric data types No ANSI SQL allows arbitrary implicit cast between numeric types, while ClickHouse relies on functions having multiple overloads instead of implicit cast
E021 Character string types Partial
E021-01 CHARACTER data type No
E021-02 CHARACTER VARYING data type No String behaves similarly, but without length limit in parentheses
E021-03 Character literals Partial No automatic concatenation of consecutive literals and character set support
E021-04 CHARACTER_LENGTH function Partial No USING clause
E021-05 OCTET_LENGTH function No LENGTH behaves similarly
E021-06 SUBSTRING Partial No support for SIMILAR and ESCAPE clauses, no SUBSTRING_REGEX variant
E021-07 Character concatenation Partial No COLLATE clause
E021-08 UPPER and LOWER functions Yes
E021-09 TRIM function Yes
E021-10 Implicit casting among the fixed-length and variable-length character string types No ANSI SQL allows arbitrary implicit cast between string types, while ClickHouse relies on functions having multiple overloads instead of implicit cast
E021-11 POSITION function Partial No support for IN and USING clauses, no POSITION_REGEX variant
E021-12 Character comparison Yes
E031 Identifiers Partial
E031-01 Delimited identifiers Partial Unicode literal support is limited
E031-02 Lower case identifiers Yes
E031-03 Trailing underscore Yes
E051 Basic query specification Partial
E051-02 GROUP BY clause Yes
E051-04 GROUP BY can contain columns not in <select list> Yes
E051-05 Select items can be renamed Yes
E051-06 HAVING clause Yes
E051-07 Qualified * in select list Yes
E051-08 Correlation name in the FROM clause Yes
E051-09 Rename columns in the FROM clause No
E061 Basic predicates and search conditions Partial
E061-01 Comparison predicate Yes
E061-02 BETWEEN predicate Partial No SYMMETRIC and ASYMMETRIC clause
E061-03 IN predicate with list of values Yes
E061-04 LIKE predicate Yes
E061-05 LIKE predicate: ESCAPE clause No
E061-06 NULL predicate Yes
E061-07 Quantified comparison predicate No
E061-08 EXISTS predicate No
E061-09 Subqueries in comparison predicate Yes
E061-11 Subqueries in IN predicate Yes
E061-12 Subqueries in quantified comparison predicate No
E061-13 Correlated subqueries No
E061-14 Search condition Yes
E071 Basic query expressions Partial
E071-01 UNION DISTINCT table operator No
E071-02 UNION ALL table operator Yes
E071-03 EXCEPT DISTINCT table operator No
E071-05 Columns combined via table operators need not have exactly the same data type Yes
E071-06 Table operators in subqueries Yes
E081 Basic privileges Partial Work in progress
E091 Set functions Yes
E091-01 AVG Yes
E091-02 COUNT Yes
E091-03 MAX Yes
E091-04 MIN Yes
E091-05 SUM Yes
E091-06 ALL quantifier No
E091-07 DISTINCT quantifier Partial Not all aggregate functions supported
E101 Basic data manipulation Partial
E101-01 INSERT statement Yes Note: primary key in ClickHouse does not imply the UNIQUE constraint
E101-03 Searched UPDATE statement No There’s an ALTER UPDATE statement for batch data modification
E101-04 Searched DELETE statement No There’s an ALTER DELETE statement for batch data removal
E111 Single row SELECT statement No
E121 Basic cursor support No
E121-02 ORDER BY columns need not be in select list No
E121-03 Value expressions in ORDER BY clause No
E121-04 OPEN statement No
E121-06 Positioned UPDATE statement No
E121-07 Positioned DELETE statement No
E121-08 CLOSE statement No
E121-10 FETCH statement: implicit NEXT No
E121-17 WITH HOLD cursors No
E131 Null value support (nulls in lieu of values) Partial Some restrictions apply
E141 Basic integrity constraints Partial
E141-01 NOT NULL constraints Yes Note: NOT NULL is implied for table columns by default
E141-02 UNIQUE constraint of NOT NULL columns No
E141-03 PRIMARY KEY constraints No
E141-04 Basic FOREIGN KEY constraint with the NO ACTION default for both referential delete action and referential update action No
E141-06 CHECK constraint Yes
E141-07 Column defaults Yes
E141-08 NOT NULL inferred on PRIMARY KEY Yes
E141-10 Names in a foreign key can be specified in any order No
E151 Transaction support No
E151-01 COMMIT statement No
E151-02 ROLLBACK statement No
E152 Basic SET TRANSACTION statement No
E152-02 SET TRANSACTION statement: READ ONLY and READ WRITE clauses No
E153 Updatable queries with subqueries No
E161 SQL comments using leading double minus Yes
E171 SQLSTATE support No
E182 Host language binding No
F031 Basic schema manipulation Partial
F031-01 CREATE TABLE statement to create persistent base tables Partial No SYSTEM VERSIONING, ON COMMIT, GLOBAL, LOCAL, PRESERVE, DELETE, REF IS, WITH OPTIONS, UNDER, LIKE, PERIOD FOR clauses and no support for user resolved data types
F031-02 CREATE VIEW statement Partial No RECURSIVE, CHECK, UNDER, WITH OPTIONS clauses and no support for user resolved data types
F031-03 GRANT statement Yes
F031-04 ALTER TABLE statement: ADD COLUMN clause Partial No support for GENERATED clause and system time period
F031-13 DROP TABLE statement: RESTRICT clause No
F031-16 DROP VIEW statement: RESTRICT clause No
F031-19 REVOKE statement: RESTRICT clause No
F041 Basic joined table Partial
F041-01 Inner join (but not necessarily the INNER keyword) Yes
F041-02 INNER keyword Yes
F041-05 Outer joins can be nested Yes
F041-07 The inner table in a left or right outer join can also be used in an inner join Yes
F041-08 All comparison operators are supported (rather than just =) No
F051 Basic date and time Partial
F051-01 DATE data type (including support of DATE literal) Partial No literal
F051-02 TIME data type (including support of TIME literal) with fractional seconds precision of at least 0 No
F051-03 TIMESTAMP data type (including support of TIMESTAMP literal) with fractional seconds precision of at least 0 and 6 No DateTime64 time provides similar functionality
F051-04 Comparison predicate on DATE, TIME, and TIMESTAMP data types Partial Only one data type available
F051-05 Explicit CAST between datetime types and character string types Yes
F051-06 CURRENT_DATE No today() is similar
F051-07 LOCALTIME No now() is similar
F081 UNION and EXCEPT in views Partial
F131 Grouped operations Partial
F131-01 WHERE, GROUP BY, and HAVING clauses supported in queries with grouped views Yes
F131-02 Multiple tables supported in queries with grouped views Yes
F131-03 Set functions supported in queries with grouped views Yes
F131-04 Subqueries with GROUP BY and HAVING clauses and grouped views Yes
F131-05 Single row SELECT with GROUP BY and HAVING clauses and grouped views No
F181 Multiple module support No
F201 CAST function Yes
F221 Explicit defaults No
F261 CASE expression Yes
F261-01 Simple CASE Yes
F261-02 Searched CASE Yes
F261-03 NULLIF Yes
F261-04 COALESCE Yes
F311 Schema definition statement Partial
F311-02 CREATE TABLE for persistent base tables Yes
F311-05 GRANT statement Yes
F471 Scalar subquery values Yes
F481 Expanded NULL predicate Yes
F812 Basic flagging No
T321 Basic SQL-invoked routines No
T321-01 User-defined functions with no overloading No
T321-02 User-defined stored procedures with no overloading No
T321-03 Function invocation No
T321-04 CALL statement No
T321-05 RETURN statement No
T631 IN predicate with one list element Yes

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