Table functions#

A table function is a function returning a table. It can be invoked inside the FROM clause of a query:

SELECT * FROM TABLE(my_function(1, 100))

The row type of the returned table can depend on the arguments passed with invocation of the function. If different row types can be returned, the function is a polymorphic table function.

Polymorphic table functions allow you to dynamically invoke custom logic from within the SQL query. They can be used for working with external systems as well as for enhancing Trino with capabilities going beyond the SQL standard.

Trino supports adding custom table functions. They are declared by connectors through implementing dedicated interfaces. For guidance on adding new table functions, see the developer guide.

Connectors offer support for different functions on a per-connector basis. For more information about supported table functions, refer to the connector documentation.


Table functions are a limited preview in Starburst Enterprise. Contact Starburst Support with questions or feedback.

Table function invocation#

You invoke a table function in the FROM clause of a query. Table function invocation syntax is similar to a scalar function call.

Function resolution#

Every table function is provided by a catalog, and it belongs to a schema in the catalog. You can qualify the function name with a schema name, or with catalog and schema names:

SELECT * FROM TABLE(schema_name.my_function(1, 100))
SELECT * FROM TABLE(catalog_name.schema_name.my_function(1, 100))

Otherwise, the standard Trino name resolution is applied. The connection between the function and the catalog must be identified, because the function is executed by the corresponding connector. If the function is not registered by the specified catalog, the query fails.

The table function name is resolved case-insensitive, analogically to scalar function and table resolution in Trino.

Argument passing conventions#

There are two conventions of passing arguments to a table function:

  • Arguments passed by name:

    SELECT * FROM TABLE(my_function("row_count" => 100, "column_count" => 1))

In this convention, you can pass the arguments in arbitrary order. Arguments declared with default values can be skipped. Argument names are resolved case-sensitive, and with automatic uppercasing of unquoted names.

  • Arguments passed positionally:

    SELECT * FROM TABLE(my_function(1, 100))

In this convention, you must follow the order in which the arguments are declared. You can skip a suffix of the argument list, provided that all the skipped arguments are declared with default values.

You cannot mix the argument conventions in one invocation.

All arguments must be constant expressions, and they can be of any SQL type, which is compatible with the declared argument type. You can also use parameters in arguments:

SELECT * FROM TABLE(my_function("row_count" => ? + 1, "column_count" => ?));

EXECUTE stmt USING 100, 1;