Amazon Athena
User Guide

Supported Actions for Views in Athena

Athena supports the following actions for views. You can run these commands in the Query Editor.

Statement Description

Creates a new view from a specified SELECT query. For more information, see Creating Views.

The optional OR REPLACE clause lets you update the existing view by replacing it.


Shows the list of columns for the named view. This allows you to examine the attributes of a complex view.


Deletes an existing view. The optional IF EXISTS clause suppresses the error if the view does not exist. For more information, see Deleting Views.


Shows the SQL statement that creates the specified view.


Lists the views in the specified database, or in the current database if you omit the database name. Use the optional LIKE clause with a regular expression to restrict the list of view names. You can also see the list of views in the left pane in the console.

Considerations for Views

In Athena, you can preview and work with views created in the Athena Console, in the AWS Glue Data Catalog, if you have migrated to using it, or with Presto running on the Amazon EMR cluster connected to the same catalog. You cannot preview or add to Athena views that were created in other ways.

Athena prevents you from running recursive views and displays an error message in such cases. A recursive view is a view query that references itself.

Athena detects stale views and displays an error message in such cases. A stale view is a view query that references tables or databases that do not exist.

You can create and run nested views as long as the query behind the nested view is valid and the tables and databases exist.

You cannot use views to manage access control on data in Amazon S3. To query a view, you need permissions to access the data stored in Amazon S3. For more information, see Access to Amazon S3 .

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