What is DESCRIBE command in SQL Server?
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Here are multiple ways to get the table information. The DESCRIBE command does not exist in MS SQL SERVER. This is an Oracle command used to describe the structure of objects within a given database. To achieve the same task in MSSQL Server, there are a series of stored procedures with the prefix SP_ that can be used. To view the structure of a table within the current database, use the command
If you would like to see more details, Create your custom procedure
- sp_help 'TABLE_NAME';
Here is another alternative way to get the same information
- CREATE procedure DESCRIBE
- @tablename varchar(256)
- SELECT DISTINCT sCols.colid AS 'order', sCols.name, sTyps.name, sCols.length
- FROM [syscolumns] sCols
- INNER JOIN [systypes] sTyps ON sCols.xtype = sTyps.xtype
- INNER JOIN [sysobjects] sObjs ON sObjs.id = sCols.[id]
- AND UPPER(sObjs.name) = UPPER(@tablename)
- ORDER BY sCols.colid
Here is the usage :
- sp_columns 'TableName' (e.g. sp_columns 'Employee')
- sp_columns [ @table_name = ] object [ , [ @table_owner = ] owner ]
- [ , [ @table_qualifier = ] qualifier ]
- [ , [ @column_name = ] COLUMN ]
- [ , [ @ODBCVer = ] ODBCVer ]
Contributors for the editorial answer : Kewlshiva, srilakshmi.b, raaghav,kevaburg
- EXEC sp_columns @table_name = 'Department', @table_owner = 'sa';
- SELECT * FROM INFORMATION_SCHEMA.COLUMNS WHERE TABLE_NAME = 'TableName'
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