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sp_databases (Transact-SQL)

Updated: 14 April 2006

Lists databases that either reside in an instance of the SQL Server 2005 Database Engine or are accessible through a database gateway.

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sp_databases

Column name Data type Description

DATABASE_NAME

sysname

Name of the database. In the Database Engine, this column represents the database name as stored in the sys.databases catalog view.

DATABASE_SIZE

int

Size of database, in kilobytes.

REMARKS

varchar(254)

For the Database Engine, this field always returns NULL.

Database names that are returned can be used as parameters in the USE statement to change the current database context.

sp_databases has no equivalent in Open Database Connectivity (ODBC).

Requires CREATE DATABASE, or ALTER ANY DATABASE, or VIEW ANY DEFINITION permission, and must have access permission to the database. Cannot be denied VIEW ANY DEFINITION permission.

The following example shows executing sp_databases.

USE master;
GO
EXEC sp_databases;


Release History

14 April 2006

Changed content:
  • Corrected the permissions statement.
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