How to resolve ORA-00971 Error Message in Oracle database

Learn the motive and how to resolve the ORA-00971 error message in Oracle.


When you come upon an ORA-00971 error, the following error message will appear:

ORA-00971: missing SET keyword


You tried to execute a UPDATE statement, but you neglected the SET keyword.


The option(s) to resolve this Oracle error are:

Option #1

Re-write your UPDATE declaration to include the SET clause.

For example, if you tried to execute the following UPDATE statement:

UPDATE suppliers
supplier_id = 1000;

You would receive the following error message:

You could right this error via along with the SET keyword as follows:

UPDATE suppliers
SET supplier_id = 1000;