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Change Column Name of a Table


This section provides you an example with code for renaming a column name in a database table. As we know that each table keeps contents in rows and column format. While making a table we specify the name of each column which we want to add in the table. But later it may be that we need to change the name of the particular column. So, please don't panic. Here at roseindia.net, we have the answer of each and every thing. Brief description of the program is given below:

Description of program:

Firstly this program establishes the connection by using the JDBC driver with the database. After establishing the connection we will give the table name, old column name which we want to rename, new column name and it's data type. After that you will see that the column name has been renamed. If column name gets renamed column then the message we displaying is "Query OK, n rows affected" and if any problem arises in the SQL statement then it shows "Wrong entry!".

Description of code:

ALTER TABLE   table_name   CHANGE   old_col    new_col    data_type:
This query is fired to change the specific column name. It takes appropriate arguments:
        table_name: This is a name of the table in which we have to change the column name.
        old_col: The old column name that you want to change.
        new_col: The new column name 
     data_type: This is a data type of new column.

Here is the code of program:

import java.io.*;
import java.sql.*;

public class ChangeColumnName{
  public static void main(String[] args) {
    System.out.println("Change column name in a database table example!");
    Connection con = null;
      con = DriverManager.getConnection
        Statement st = con.createStatement();
        BufferedReader bf = new BufferedReader(new InputStreamReader(System.in));
        System.out.println("Enter table name:");
        String table = bf.readLine();
        System.out.println("Enter old column name:");
        String old_col = bf.readLine();
        System.out.println("Enter new column:");
        String new_col = bf.readLine();
        System.out.println("Enter data type:");
        String type = bf.readLine();
        int n = st.executeUpdate
"ALTER TABLE "+table+" CHANGE "+old_col+" "+new_col+" "+type);
        System.out.println("Query OK, "+n+" rows affected");
      catch (SQLException s){
        System.out.println("Wrong entry!");
    catch (Exception e){

Database Table: Student 

Stu_roll Stu_name Stu_sub
100 vinod computer
101 raju math
102 ranjan bio
103 Aman phy

Output of program:

C:\vinod\jdbc\jdbc\jdbc-mysql>javac ChangeColumnName.java

C:\vinod\jdbc\jdbc\jdbc-mysql>java ChangeColumnName
Change column name in a database table example!
Enter table name:
Enter old column name:
Enter new column:
Enter data type:
Query OK, 4 rows affected

After change the table will look like this 

Student Table

Stu_id Stu_name Stu_sub
100 vinod computer
101 raju math
102 ranjan bio
103 Aman phy

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