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fn_listextendedproperty (Transact-SQL)

Returns extended property values of database objects.

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fn_listextendedproperty ( 
    { default | 'property_name' | NULL } 
  , { default | 'level0_object_type' | NULL } 
  , { default | 'level0_object_name' | NULL } 
  , { default | 'level1_object_type' | NULL } 
  , { default | 'level1_object_name' | NULL } 
  , { default | 'level2_object_type' | NULL } 
  , { default | 'level2_object_name' | NULL } 
  )

{ default | 'property_name' | NULL}

Is the name of the property. property_name is sysname. Valid inputs are default, NULL, or a property name.

{ default | 'level0_object_type' | NULL}

Is the user or user-defined type. level0_object_type is varchar(128), with a default of NULL. Valid inputs are ASSEMBLY, CONTRACT, EVENT NOTIFICATION, FILEGROUP, MESSAGE TYPE, PARTITION FUNCTION, PARTITION SCHEME, REMOTE SERVICE BINDING, ROUTE, SCHEMA, SERVICE, TRIGGER, TYPE, USER, and NULL.

Important noteImportant

USER and TYPE as level-0 types will be removed in a future version of SQL Server. Avoid using these features in new development work, and plan to modify applications that currently use these features. Use SCHEMA as the level 0 type instead of USER. For TYPE, use SCHEMA as the level 0 type and TYPE as the level 1 type.

{ default | 'level0_object_name' | NULL }

Is the name of the level 0 object type specified. level0_object_name is sysname with a default of NULL. Valid inputs are default, NULL, or an object name.

{ default | 'level1_object_type' | NULL }

Is the type of level 1 object. level1_object_type is varchar(128) with a default of NULL. Valid inputs are AGGREGATE, DEFAULT, FUNCTION, LOGICAL FILE NAME, PROCEDURE, QUEUE, RULE, SYNONYM, TABLE, TYPE, VIEW, XML SCHEMA COLLECTION, and NULL.

NoteNote

Default maps to NULL and 'default' maps to the object type DEFAULT.

{default | 'level1_object_name' |NULL }

Is the name of the level 1 object type specified. level1_object_name is sysname with a default of NULL. Valid inputs are default, NULL, or an object name.

{ default | 'level2_object_type' |NULL }

Is the type of level 2 object. level2_object_type is varchar(128) with a default of NULL. Valid inputs are DEFAULT, default (maps to NULL), and NULL. Valid inputs for level2_object_type are COLUMN, CONSTRAINT, EVENT NOTIFICATION, INDEX, PARAMETER, TRIGGER, and NULL.

{ default | 'level2_object_name' |NULL }

Is the name of the level 2 object type specified. level2_object_name is sysname with a default of NULL. Valid inputs are default, NULL, or an object name.

This is the format of the tables returned by fn_listextendedproperty.

Column name

Data type

objtype

sysname

objname

sysname

name

sysname

value

sql_variant

If the table returned is empty, either the object does not have extended properties or the user does not have permissions to list the extended properties on the object. When returning extended properties on the database itself, the objtype and objname columns will be NULL.

If the value for property_name is NULL or default, fn_listextendedproperty returns all the properties for the specified object.

When the object type is specified and the value of the corresponding object name is NULL or default, fn_listextendedproperty returns all extended properties for all objects of the type specified.

The objects are distinguished according to levels, with level 0 as the highest and level 2 the lowest. If a lower-level object, level 1 or 2, type and name are specified, the parent object type and name should be given values that are not NULL or default. Otherwise, the function returns an empty result set.

Permissions to list extended properties of objects vary by object type. For a complete list of permissions, see Using Extended Properties on Database Objects.

A. Displaying extended properties on a database

The following example displays all extended properties set on the database object itself.

USE AdventureWorks;
GO
SELECT objtype, objname, name, value
FROM fn_listextendedproperty(default, default, default, default, default, default, default);
GO

Here is the result set.

objtype    objname     name            value
---------  ---------   -----------     ----------------------------
NULL       NULL        MS_Description  AdventureWorks Sample OLTP Database

(1 row(s) affected)

B. Displaying extended properties on all columns in a table

The following example lists extended properties for columns in the ScrapReason table. This is contained in the schema Production.

USE AdventureWorks;
GO
SELECT objtype, objname, name, value
FROM fn_listextendedproperty (NULL, 'schema', 'Production', 'table', 'ScrapReason', 'column', default);
GO

Here is the result set.

objtype objname      name            value   
------- -----------  -------------   ------------------------
COLUMN ScrapReasonID MS_Description  Primary key for ScrapReason records.
COLUMN Name          MS_Description  Failure description.
COLUMN ModifiedDate  MS_Description  Date the record was last updated.

(3 row(s) affected)

C. Displaying extended properties on all tables in a schema

The following example lists extended properties for all tables contained in the Sales schema.

USE AdventureWorks;
GO
SELECT objtype, objname, name, value
FROM fn_listextendedproperty (NULL, 'schema', 'Sales', 'table', default, NULL, NULL);
GO
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