ALTER TABLE can be used to make schema changes to a table. It works in conjunction with several subcommands.


Schema changes take an exclusive lock on tables. While these operations are usually short, other statements may have to wait until the schema changes are completed.


Command Usage
ADD COLUMN Add a new column to a table
DROP COLUMN Drop a column from a table
RENAME COLUMN Rename a column
RENAME TABLE Rename a table
CLUSTER BY Modify (add or reorder) the clustering keys in a table
DROP CLUSTERING KEY Drop all clustering keys