DROP TABLE deletes the table and removes the directory associated with the table from the file system
if the table is not
EXTERNAL table. If the table is not present it throws an exception.
In case of an external table, only the associated metadata information is removed from the metastore database.
DROP TABLE [ IF EXISTS ] table_identifier
If specified, no exception is thrown when the table does not exist.
Specifies the table name to be dropped. The table name may be optionally qualified with a database name.
[ database_name. ] table_name
-- Assumes a table named `employeetable` exists. DROP TABLE employeetable; -- Assumes a table named `employeetable` exists in the `userdb` database DROP TABLE userdb.employeetable; -- Assumes a table named `employeetable` does not exist. -- Throws exception DROP TABLE employeetable; Error: org.apache.spark.sql.AnalysisException: Table or view not found: employeetable; (state=,code=0) -- Assumes a table named `employeetable` does not exist,Try with IF EXISTS -- this time it will not throw exception DROP TABLE IF EXISTS employeetable;