# ALTER DATABASE

### Description

You can alter metadata associated with a database by setting DBPROPERTIES. The specified property values override any existing value with the same property name. Please note that the usage of SCHEMA and DATABASE are interchangeable and one can be used in place of the other. An error message is issued if the database is not found in the system. This command is mostly used to record the metadata for a database and may be used for auditing purposes.

### Syntax

ALTER { DATABASE | SCHEMA } database_name
SET DBPROPERTIES ( property_name = property_value [ , ... ] )


### Parameters

• database_name

Specifies the name of the database to be altered.

### Examples

-- Creates a database named inventory.
CREATE DATABASE inventory;

-- Alters the database to set properties Edited-by and Edit-date.
ALTER DATABASE inventory SET DBPROPERTIES ('Edited-by' = 'John', 'Edit-date' = '01/01/2001');

-- Verify that properties are set.
DESCRIBE DATABASE EXTENDED inventory;
+-------------------------+------------------------------------------+
|database_description_item|                database_description_value|
+-------------------------+------------------------------------------+
|            Database Name|                                 inventory|
|              Description|                                          |
|                 Location|   file:/temp/spark-warehouse/inventory.db|
|               Properties|((Edit-date,01/01/2001), (Edited-by,John))|
+-------------------------+------------------------------------------+