5 Infographics to Understand SQL Joins visually

Updated on

June 13, 2024

Hey there, data enthusiasts! 🎉 If you've ever been tangled in the web of SQL joins, you're not alone. These concepts can be tricky to wrap your head around, but fear not—we're here to make it all crystal clear!

In this blog we'll be breaking down the magic of SQL joins along with some of my favorite eye-catching infographics. Whether you're a newbie trying to make sense of INNER JOINs or a seasoned pro looking to brush up on OUTER JOINs, we've got something for everyone.

SQL Joins

What are SQL Joins?

SQL joins are operations in a relational database that allow you to combine rows from two or more tables based on a related column between them. They are essential for querying data that is distributed across multiple tables in a structured manner.

Types of SQL Joins

Here’s a breakdown of the most common types of SQL joins:

  1. INNER JOIN: This join returns only the rows with a match in both tables. If a row in one table doesn't have a corresponding row in the other table, it won't be included in the result set.

  2. LEFT JOIN (or LEFT OUTER JOIN): This join returns all rows from the left table and the matched rows from the right table. If there is no match, the result is NULL on the side of the right table.

  3. RIGHT JOIN (or RIGHT OUTER JOIN): This join returns all rows from the right table and the matched rows from the left table. If there is no match, the result is NULL on the side of the left table.

  4. FULL JOIN (or FULL OUTER JOIN): This join returns rows when a match occurs in one of the tables. It returns all rows from both tables and fills in NULLs for missing matches on either side.

  5. CROSS JOIN: This join returns the Cartesian product of the two tables. Every row in the first table is paired with every row in the second table.

  6. SELF JOIN: This join is used to join a table with itself, often to compare rows within the same table.


SQL Join Infographics

Sure, even though I’ve glazed over the basics SQL joins can be CONFUSING. That’s why my favorite way to learn them is through fun and colorful infographics. These are also great resource tools to give yourself a refresher when you get stuck!

SQL Joins Venn Diagram vs Tables

SQL Joins Venn Diagram

SQL Joins Table

SQL Joins Gif

SQL Joins Tables

SQL Joins Cheat Sheet

SQL Joins Diagrams

Additional Resources

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