Returns logical scalar if the table exists or not. TRUE if the table exists, FALSE otherwise.

# S4 method for AthenaConnection,character
dbExistsTable(conn, name, ...)



A DBIConnection object, as returned by dbConnect().


The table name, passed on to dbQuoteIdentifier(). Options are:

  • a character string with the unquoted DBMS table name, e.g. "table_name",

  • a call to Id() with components to the fully qualified table name, e.g. Id(schema = "my_schema", table = "table_name")

  • a call to SQL() with the quoted and fully qualified table name given verbatim, e.g. SQL('"my_schema"."table_name"')


Other parameters passed on to methods.


dbExistsTable() returns logical scalar. TRUE if the table exists, FALSE otherwise.

See also


if (FALSE) {
# Note:
# - Require AWS Account to run below example.
# - Different connection methods can be used please see `RAthena::dbConnect` documnentation


# Demo connection to Athena using profile name
con <- dbConnect(RAthena::athena())

# Write data.frame to Athena table
dbWriteTable(con, "mtcars", mtcars,
  partition = c("TIMESTAMP" = format(Sys.Date(), "%Y%m%d")),
  s3.location = "s3://mybucket/data/"

# Check if table exists from Athena
dbExistsTable(con, "mtcars")

# Disconnect conenction