Updated: 17 July 2006

Returns information about full-text catalog properties.

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FULLTEXTCATALOGPROPERTY ('catalog_name' ,'property')


Is an expression containing the name of the full-text catalog.


Is an expression containing the name of the full-text catalog property. The table lists the properties and provides descriptions of the information returned.

Property Description


Accent-sensitivity setting.

0 = Accent insensitive

1 = Accent sensitive


Size of the full-text catalog in megabytes (MB).


Number of full-text indexed items currently in the full-text catalog.


Supported for backward compatibility only. Always returns 0.

Size, in bytes, of the combined set of error logs associated with a Microsoft Search Service full-text catalog.


Master merge is in progress.

0 = master merge not in progress

1 = master merge in progress


The difference in seconds between the completion of the last full-text index population and 01/01/1990 00:00:00.

Only updated for full and incremental crawls. Returns 0 if no population has occurred.


0 = Idle

1 = Full population in progress

2 = Paused

3 = Throttled

4 = Recovering 5 = Shutdown

6 = Incremental population in progress

7 = Building index

8 = Disk is full. Paused.

9 = Change tracking


Number of unique keys in the full-text catalog.

Returns NULL on error or if a caller does not have permission to view the object.

In SQL Server 2005, a user can only view the metadata of securables that the user owns or on which the user has been granted permission. This means that metadata-emitting, built-in functions such as FULLTEXTCATALOGPROPERTY may return NULL if the user does not have any permission on the object. For more information, see Metadata Visibility Configuration and Troubleshooting Metadata Visibility.

It is important that applications do not wait in a tight loop, checking for the PopulateStatus property to become idle (indicating that population has completed) because this takes CPU cycles away from the database and full-text search processes, and causes time outs. In addition, it is usually a better option to check the corresponding PopulateStatus property at the table level, TableFullTextPopulateStatus in the OBJECTPROPERTYEX system function. This and other new full-text properties in OBJECTPROPERTYEX provide more granular information about full-text indexing tables. For more information, see OBJECTPROPERTYEX (Transact-SQL).

The following example returns the number of full-text indexed items in a full-text catalog named Cat_Desc.

USE AdventureWorks;
SELECT fulltextcatalogproperty('Cat_Desc', 'ItemCount');

Release History

17 July 2006

New content:
  • Added the "Exceptions" section.