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ReQL command: tableDrop

Command syntax

db.tableDrop(tableName) → object


Drop a table from a database. The table and all its data will be deleted.

If successful, the command returns an object with two fields:

  • tables_dropped: always 1.
  • config_changes: a list containing one two-field object, old_val and new_val:
    • old_val: the dropped table’s config value.
    • new_val: always null.

If the given table does not exist in the database, the command throws ReqlRuntimeError.

Example: Drop a table named ‘dc_universe’.

> r.db('test').tableDrop('dc_universe').run(conn, callback);
// Result passed to callback
    "config_changes": [
            "old_val": {
                "db": "test",
                "durability":  "hard",
                "id": "20ea60d4-3b76-4817-8828-98a236df0297",
                "name": "dc_universe",
                "primary_key": "id",
                "shards": [
                        "primary_replica": "rethinkdb_srv1",
                        "replicas": [
                "write_acks": "majority"
            "new_val": null
    "tables_dropped": 1

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