Updated: 12 December 2006

Returns a row for each query plan that is cached by SQL Server for faster query execution. You can use this dynamic management view to find cached query plans, cached query text, the amount of memory taken by cached plans, and the reuse count of the cached plans.

For query plans, the sys.dm_exec_cached_plans dynamic management view maps to the syscacheobjects system table in SQL Server 2000.

Column name Data type Description



ID of the hash bucket in which the entry is cached. The value indicates a range from 0 through the hash table size for the type of cache.

For the SQL Plans and Object Plans caches , the hash table size can be up to 10007 on 32-bit systems and up to 40009 on 64-bit systems. For the Bound Trees cache, the hash table size can be up to 1009 on 32-bit systems and up to 4001 on 64-bit systems. For the Extended Stored Procedures cache the hash table size can be up to 127 on 32-bit and 64-bit systems. For more information about cache types and hash tables, see sys.dm_os_memory_cache_hash_tables.



Number of cache objects that are referencing this cache object. Refcounts must be at least 1 for an entry to be in the cache.



Number of times this cache object has been used since its inception.



Number of bytes consumed by the cache object.



Memory address of the cached entry. This value can be used with sys.dm_os_memory_objects to get the memory breakdown of the cached plan and with sys.dm_os_memory_cache_entries_entries to obtain the cost of caching the entry.



Type of object in the cache. The value can be one of the following:

  • Compiled Plan
  • Parse Tree
  • Extended Proc
  • CLR Compiled Func
  • CLR Compiled Proc



Type of object. The value can be one of the following:

Proc Stored procedure
Prepared Prepared statement
Adhoc Ad hoc query1
ReplProc Replication-filter-procedure
Trigger Trigger
View View
Default Default
UsrTab User table
SysTab System table
Check CHECK constraint
Rule Rule
Value Description



Identifier for the in-memory plan. This identifier is transient and remains constant only while the plan remains in the cache. This value may be used with the following dynamic management functions:




1  Refers to Transact-SQL submitted as language events by using osql or sqlcmd instead of as remote procedure calls.

Requires VIEW SERVER STATE permission on the server.

A. Returning the batch text of cached entries that are reused

The following example returns the SQL text of all cached entries that have been used more than once.

SELECT usecounts, cacheobjtype, objtype, text 
FROM sys.dm_exec_cached_plans 
CROSS APPLY sys.dm_exec_sql_text(plan_handle) 
WHERE usecounts > 1 
ORDER BY usecounts DESC;

B. Returning query plans for all cached triggers

The following example returns the query plans of all cached triggers.

SELECT plan_handle, query_plan, objtype 
FROM sys.dm_exec_cached_plans 
CROSS APPLY sys.dm_exec_query_plan(plan_handle) 
WHERE objtype ='Trigger';

C. Returning the SET options with which the plan was compiled

The following example returns the SET options with which the plan was compiled. The sql_handle for the plan is also returned. The PIVOT operator is used to output the set_options and sql_handle attributes as columns rather than as rows. For more information about the value returned in set_options, see sys.dm_exec_plan_attributes.

SELECT plan_handle, pvt.set_options, pvt.sql_handle
      SELECT plan_handle, epa.attribute, epa.value 
      FROM sys.dm_exec_cached_plans 
      OUTER APPLY sys.dm_exec_plan_attributes(plan_handle) AS epa
      WHERE cacheobjtype = 'Compiled Plan'
      ) AS ecpa 
PIVOT (MAX(ecpa.value) FOR ecpa.attribute IN ("set_options", "sql_handle")) AS pvt;

D. Returning the memory breakdown of all cached compiled plans

The following example returns a breakdown of the memory used by all compiled plans in the cache.

SELECT plan_handle, ecp.memory_object_address AS CompiledPlan_MemoryObject, 
    omo.memory_object_address, pages_allocated_count, type, page_size_in_bytes 
FROM sys.dm_exec_cached_plans AS ecp 
JOIN sys.dm_os_memory_objects AS omo 
    ON ecp.memory_object_address = omo.memory_object_address 
    OR ecp.memory_object_address = omo.parent_address
WHERE cacheobjtype = 'Compiled Plan';

Release History

12 December 2006

Changed content:
  • Added the Examples section.
  • Modified the definitions of the bucketid, refcounts, memory_object_address, objtype, and cacheobjtype columns.

5 December 2005

Changed content:
  • Changed Pagesused column name to size_in_bytes.
  • Moved memory_object_address column to appear after size_in_bytes column.