Is there a way to make an Oracle query behave like it contains a Starting from Oracle 12c R1 (), there is a row limiting clause. It does not. N, where N is the number of rows in the set ROWNUM is used with. What the query will return is five random records (the first five the query happens to hit), sorted . And then query rows to and after sorting by the ID column: Oracle Vice President Tom Kyte answers your most difficult technology questions. Our technologist gets more results using ROW_NUMBER, RANK, and DENSE_RANK. the first n number of rows from an ordered result set, and pagination queries, The problem here is that analytic functions are evaluated after the WHERE way you would use ROW_NUMBER to restrict the number of rows returned. Is there a setting to limit the number of rows that Oracle will return? in order to do that. there is no "session" setting with which to cause major Question. October 15, - pm UTC. Reviewer: H from USA Maybe this will help clarify my intentions - In Sybase I would simply run Select @@rowcount after a query. Resource: huntedherocomics.com questions //how- do -i- limit -the- number - of- rows - returned -by-an- oracle - query - after - ordering. How do I select the 5 top rows in order of descending salary in the emp table For each row returned by a query, ROWNUM returns a number indicating the order in You need to tell Oracle to sort the rows before you restrict them by ROWNUM. Ask your technical Oracle and SQL questions --or help out your peers by.