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Output Formats

The .mode dot command may be used to change the appearance of the tables returned in the terminal output. In addition to customizing the appearance, these modes have additional benefits. This can be useful for presenting DuckDB output elsewhere by redirecting the terminal output to a file. Using the insert mode will build a series of SQL statements that can be used to insert the data at a later point. The markdown mode is particularly useful for building documentation and the latex mode is useful for writing academic papers.

Mode Description
ascii Columns/rows delimited by 0x1F and 0x1E
box Tables using unicode box-drawing characters
csv Comma-separated values
column Output in columns. (See .width)
duckbox Tables with extensive features
html HTML <table> code
insert SQL insert statements for TABLE
json Results in a JSON array
jsonlines Results in a NDJSON
latex LaTeX tabular environment code
line One value per line
list Values delimited by “|”
markdown Markdown table format
quote Escape answers as for SQL
table ASCII-art table
tabs Tab-separated values
tcl TCL list elements
trash No output
.mode markdown
SELECT 'quacking intensifies' AS incoming_ducks;
|    incoming_ducks    |
| quacking intensifies |

The output appearance can also be adjusted with the .separator command. If using an export mode that relies on a separator (csv or tabs for example), the separator will be reset when the mode is changed. For example, .mode csv will set the separator to a comma (,). Using .separator "|" will then convert the output to be pipe-separated.

.mode csv
SELECT 1 AS col_1, 2 AS col_2
SELECT 10 AS col1, 20 AS col_2;
.separator "|"
SELECT 1 AS col_1, 2 AS col_2
SELECT 10 AS col1, 20 AS col_2;
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