Pivot Table

Pivot Tables in Snowflake


We’re all familiar with the power of Pivot tables, but building them in SQL tends to be tricky.
Snowflake has some bespoke features that make this a little easier though. In this context:

Pivoting a table means turning rows into columns

To pivot in Snowflake, you can use the PIVOT keyword:

   PIVOT ( <aggregate_function> ( <pivot_column> )
            FOR <value_column> IN ( <pivot_value_1> [ , <pivot_value_2> ... ] ) )


  • <COLS> are all the columns you’re selecting
  • <TABLE> is the table you’re pivoting
  • <aggregate_function> is any of AVG, COUNT, MAX, MIN, or SUM
  • <pivot_column> is the column that will be aggregated
  • <value_column> is the column that contains the values from which the column names will be generated
  • <pivot_value_n> is a list of what will become the pivot columns


with data as (
  select 192.048 HOURS_WATCHED, 'Friends'TITLE, 2018 YEAR union all 
  select 1.869 HOURS_WATCHED, 'Arrested Development' TITLE, 2018 YEAR union all
  select 78.596 HOURS_WATCHED, 'Friends' TITLE, 2019 YEAR union all
  select 2.521 HOURS_WATCHED, 'Arrested Development' TITLE, 2019 YEAR union all
   select 58.134 HOURS_WATCHED, 'Friends' TITLE, 2020 YEAR union all
  select 0.993 HOURS_WATCHED, 'Arrested Development' TITLE, 2020 YEAR 
PIVOT(sum(hours_watched) for year in (2018, 2019, 2020)) 
TITLE 2018 2019 2020
Friends 192.048 78.596 59.134
Arrested Development 1.869 2.521 0.993