`ROW_NUMBER`

is a window function that assigns an unique integer value (which starts with one and increments by one) to each row in a result set.

```
ROW_NUMBER() OVER(
[PARTITION BY column_1, column_2,…]
[ORDER BY column_3,column_4,…]
)
```

`ROW_NUMBER()`

operates on a set of rows called *a window*. `PARTITION BY`

clause splits this window into smaller subsets (i.e. partitions); if omitted, `ROW_NUMBER()`

will treat the entire window as a single partition. `ORDER BY`

inside `OVER`

determines the order in which the numbers are assigned.

While using `DISTINCT`

in conjugtion with `ROW_NUMBER`

, it's important to remember that `ROW_NUMBER()`

operates on the result set before the `DISTINCT`

is applied, i.e. instead of this query

```
SELECT DISTINCT salary, ROW_NUMBER () OVER (ORDER BY salary)
FROM employees ORDER BY salary;
```

use this query

```
WITH salaries AS (
SELECT DISTINCT salary FROM employees
) SELECT salary, ROW_NUMBER () OVER (ORDER BY salary)
FROM salaries;
```

`ROW_NUMBER()`

can be used for pagination.

```
SELECT * FROM (
SELECT *, ROW_NUMBER () OVER (ORDER BY name)
FROM employees
) x WHERE ROW_NUMBER BETWEEN 7 AND 13;
```