Remove the named table.

Immediate, irreversible removal of a table, including all data contained in the table.

Note: The alias DROP COLUMNFAMILY has been deprecated.
Restriction: In Cassandra 3.0 and later, you must drop any drop materialized view associated with the table before dropping the table.


DROP TABLE [IF EXISTS] keyspace_name.table_name
Table 1. Legend
Syntax conventions Description
UPPERCASE Literal keyword.
Lowercase Not literal.
Italics Variable value. Replace with a user-defined value.
[] Optional. Square brackets ( [] ) surround optional command arguments. Do not type the square brackets.
( ) Group. Parentheses ( ( ) ) identify a group to choose from. Do not type the parentheses.
| Or. A vertical bar ( | ) separates alternative elements. Type any one of the elements. Do not type the vertical bar.
... Repeatable. An ellipsis ( ... ) indicates that you can repeat the syntax element as often as required.
'Literal string' Single quotation ( ' ) marks must surround literal strings in CQL statements. Use single quotation marks to preserve upper case.
{ key : value } Map collection. Braces ( { } ) enclose map collections or key value pairs. A colon separates the key and the value.
<datatype1,datatype2> Set, list, map, or tuple. Angle brackets ( < > ) enclose data types in a set, list, map, or tuple. Separate the data types with a comma.
cql_statement; End CQL statement. A semicolon ( ; ) terminates all CQL statements.
[--] Separate the command line options from the command arguments with two hyphens ( -- ). This syntax is useful when arguments might be mistaken for command line options.
' <schema> ... </schema> ' Search CQL only: Single quotation marks ( ' ) surround an entire XML schema declaration.
@xml_entity='xml_entity_type' Search CQL only: Identify the entity and literal value to overwrite the XML element in the schema and solrConfig files.


Attempting to drop a table with materialized views that are based on it:
DROP TABLE cycling.cyclist_mv ;
Error message lists the materialized views that are based on this table:
InvalidRequest: Error from server: code=2200 [Invalid query] message="Cannot drop table when materialized views still depend on it (cycling.{cyclist_by_age,cyclist_by_country})"
Drop the cyclist_name table:
DROP TABLE cycling.cyclist_name;