In SQL, a SAVEPOINT is a mechanism that allows you to create a point within a transaction to which you can later roll back. This feature is particularly useful when you want to implement a partial rollback in case of errors or other exceptional conditions within a transaction.


Nested Transactions

SAVEPOINT allows you to create nested transactions within a larger transaction. This is helpful when you have multiple steps in a transaction, and you want to handle errors at a more fine-grained level.

Partial Rollback

It provides the ability to roll back to a specific point within a transaction without affecting the entire transaction. This can be useful if only a portion of the transaction encounters an error, and you want to revert to a known good state.

Error Handling

SAVEPOINT can be used for better error handling. If an error occurs, you can roll back to a savepoint, handle the error, and possibly continue or retry the transaction.


The basic syntax for creating a SAVEPOINT is as follows:

SAVEPOINT savepoint_name;

Here, savepoint_name is the name you assign to the savepoint. You can choose any valid identifier as the savepoint name. Once the SAVEPOINT is established, you can perform various SQL operations within the transaction.



-- Perform some SQL operations

SAVEPOINT my_savepoint;

-- Perform more SQL operations

-- If an error occurs, you can roll back to the savepoint
ROLLBACK TO my_savepoint;

-- Continue with the transaction or commit

In this example, if an error occurs after the SAVEPOINT is set, you can use the ROLLBACK TO statement to revert the transaction to the state of the SAVEPOINT. This way, you avoid rolling back the entire transaction and only undo the changes made after the SAVEPOINT.


The SAVEPOINT feature is generally used in conjunction with the ROLLBACK TO statement. If you want to roll back the entire transaction, you can use ROLLBACK without specifying a savepoint.

Savepoints are only applicable within the scope of a transaction. If the transaction is committed, the savepoints are automatically released.

Not all database systems support the SAVEPOINT feature, so it’s essential to check the documentation of the specific RDBMS you are using to ensure compatibility.

The SAVEPOINT feature is particularly valuable in scenarios where you want to implement nested transactions or handle complex business logic within a transaction, allowing for a more fine-grained control over the rollback process.