The VALUES INTO statement produces a result table consisting of at most one row and assigns the values in that row to variables.


This statement can be embedded in an application program. It is an executable statement that can be dynamically prepared, but cannot be issued interactively unless all variables being assigned are global variables. It must not be specified in REXX or Java™.


If a row-fullselect is specified, see Queries for an explanation of the authorization required for each subselect.

If a global variable is specified on the right hand side of the assignment, the privileges held by the authorization ID of the statement must include at least one of the following:

  • The WRITE privilege on the global variable.
  • Database administrator authority


Read syntax diagramSkip visual syntax diagramVALUES expressionNULL(,expressionNULLrow-fullselect) INTO ,variable


Introduces a single row consisting of one or more columns.
Specifies the new value of the variable. The expression is any expression of the type described in Expressions. It must not include a column name. Host structures are not supported.
Specifies that the new value for the variable is the null value.
A fullselect that returns a single result row. The result column values are assigned to each corresponding variable. If the result of the fullselect is no rows, then null values are assigned. An error is returned if there is more than one row in the result.
INTO variable,…
Identifies one or more host structures or variables that must be declared in the program in accordance with the rules for declaring host structures and variables. In the operational form of INTO, a reference to a host structure is replaced by a reference to each of its variables. The first value specified is assigned to the first variable, the second value to the second variable, and so on.


Variable assignment: Each assignment to a variable is performed according to the retrieval assignment rules described in Assignments and comparisons.1 If the number of variables is less than the number of values in the row, an SQL warning (SQLSTATE 01503) is returned (and the SQLWARN3 field of the SQLCA is set to 'W'). Note that there is no warning if there are more variables than the number of result columns. If a value is null, an indicator variable must be provided for that value.

If the specified variable is character and is not large enough to contain the result, a warning (SQLSTATE 01004) is returned (and 'W' is assigned to SQLWARN1 in the SQLCA). The actual length of the result may be returned in the indicator variable associated with the variable, if an indicator variable is provided. For further information, see Variables.

If an assignment error occurs, the value is not assigned to the variable, and no more values are assigned to variables. Any values that have already been assigned to variables remain assigned.

If the specified variable is a C NUL-terminated host variable and is not large enough to contain the result and the NUL-terminator:

  • If the *CNULRQD option is specified on the CRTSQLCI or CRTSQLCPPI command (or CNULRQD(*YES) on the SET OPTION statement), the following occurs:
    • The result is truncated.
    • The last character is the NUL-terminator.
    • The value ‘W' is assigned to SQLWARN1 in the SQLCA.
  • If the *NOCNULRQD option on the CRTSQLCI or CRTSQLCPPI command (or CNULRQD(*NO) on the SET OPTION statement) is specified, the following occurs:
    • The NUL-terminator is not returned.
    • The value ‘N' is assigned to SQLWARN1 in the SQLCA.

Result column evaluation considerations: If an error occurs while evaluating a result column in the expression list of a VALUES INTO statement as the result of an arithmetic expression (such as division by zero, or overflow) or a numeric or character conversion error, the result is the null value. As in any other case of a null value, an indicator variable must be provided. The value of the variable is undefined. In this case, however, the indicator variable is set to the value of -2. Processing of the statement continues and a warning is returned. If an indicator variable is not provided, an error is returned and no more values are assigned to variables. It is possible that some values have already been assigned to variables and will remain assigned when the error is returned.

When a datetime value is returned, the length of the variable must be large enough to store the complete value. Otherwise, depending on how much of the value would have to be truncated, a warning or error is returned. See Datetime assignments for details.

Multiple assignments: If more than one variable is specified in the INTO clause, all expressions are evaluated before the assignments are performed. Thus, references to a variable in an expression are always the value of the variable prior to any assignment in the VALUES INTO statement.


Example 1: Assign the value of the CURRENT PATH special register to host variable HV1.

            INTO :HV1;

Example 2: Assume that LOB locator LOB1 is associated with a CLOB value. Assign a portion of the CLOB value to host variable DETAILS using the LOB locator, and assign CURRENT TIMESTAMP to the host variable TIMETRACK.

1 If assigning to an SQL-variable or SQL-parameter and the standards option is specified, storage assignment rules apply. For information about the standards option, see Standards compliance.