Initializes the value of a session variable to the result of a SQL expression.

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SET <var> = <expr>

SET ( <var> [ , <var> ... ] )  = ( <expr> [ , <expr> ... ] )



Specifies the identifier for the variable to initialize.


Specifies the SQL expression for the variable.

Usage Notes

  • The command supports setting multiple variables in the same statement.

  • If the command executing complex expressions, it might require a running virtual warehouse in the session.

  • The number of expressions must match the number of variables to initialize.

  • The size of string or binary variables is limited to 256 bytes.

  • The identifier (i.e. name) for a SQL variable is limited to 256 characters.

  • Variable names such as CURRENT or PUBLIC are reserved for future use by Snowflake and cannot be used.


These two examples use constants:

SET V1 = 10;

SET V2 = 'example';

This example sets more than one variable at a time:

SET (V1, V2) = (10, 'example');

This example sets the variable to the value of a non-trivial expression that uses a SQL query:

SET id_threshold = (SELECT COUNT(*)/2 FROM table1);

The following example shows that if a SET command evaluates all of the expressions on the right-hand side of the assignment operator before setting the first expression on the left-hand side of the operator. Note that the value of the variable named “max” is set based on the old value of “min”, not the new value.

set (min, max) = (40, 70);
set (min, max) = (50, 2 * $min);
| status                           |
| Statement executed successfully. |
select $max;
| $MAX |
|   80 |
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