You can use the returning clause with the following queries:

By default, an update query returns an empty list, but using the returning clause you can retrieve values from the updated rows.

>>> await Band.update({
... 'Pythonistas Tribute Band'
... }).where(
... == 'Pythonistas'
... ).returning(,
[{'id': 1, 'name': 'Pythonistas Tribute Band'}]

Similarly, for an insert query - we can retrieve some of the values from the inserted rows:

>>> await Manager.insert(
...     Manager(name="Maz"),
...     Manager(name="Graydon")
... ).returning(,

[{'id': 1, 'name': 'Maz'}, {'id': 1, 'name': 'Graydon'}]

As another example, let’s use delete and return the full row(s):

>>> await Band.delete().where(
... == "Pythonistas"
... ).returning(*Band.all_columns())

[{'id': 1, 'name': 'Pythonistas', 'manager': 1, 'popularity': 1000}]

By counting the number of elements of the returned list, you can find out how many rows were affected or processed by the operation.


This works for all versions of Postgres, but only SQLite 3.35.0 and above support the returning clause. See the docs on how to check your SQLite version.