slice function

Applies to: check marked yes Databricks SQL check marked yes Databricks Runtime

Returns a subset of an array.


slice(expr, start, length)


  • expr: An ARRAY expression.

  • start: An INTEGER expression.

  • length: An INTEGER expression that is greater or equal to 0.


The result is of the type of expr.

The function subsets array expr starting from index start (array indices start at 1), or starting from the end if start is negative, with the specified length. If the requested array slice does not overlap with the actual length of the array, an empty array is returned.


> SELECT slice(array(1, 2, 3, 4), 2, 2);
> SELECT slice(array(1, 2, 3, 4), -2, 2);