SharePoint 2013

Applies to: SharePoint Foundation 2013, SharePoint Server 2013 Enterprise

Topic Last Modified: 2015-03-09

Returns one or more content databases.

Get-SPContentDatabase [[-Identity] <SPContentDatabasePipeBind>] [-AssignmentCollection <SPAssignmentCollection>]
Get-SPContentDatabase -WebApplication <SPWebApplicationPipeBind> [-AssignmentCollection <SPAssignmentCollection>]
Get-SPContentDatabase -Site <SPSitePipeBind> [-AssignmentCollection <SPAssignmentCollection>]
Get-SPContentDatabase -ConnectAsUnattachedDatabase <SwitchParameter> -DatabaseName <String> -DatabaseServer <String> [-AssignmentCollection <SPAssignmentCollection>] [-DatabaseCredentials <PSCredential>]

This cmdlet contains more than one parameter set. You may only use parameters from one parameter set, and you may not combine parameters from different parameter sets. For more information about how to use parameter sets, see Cmdlet Parameter Sets.

The Get-SPContentDatabase cmdlet returns the specified content databases.

SharePoint Management Shell


Parameter Required Type Description




Specifies a specific content database to get.

The type must be a valid GUID, in the form 12345678-90ab-cdef-1234-567890bcdefgh; a valid name of a SharePoint content database (for example, SPContentDB1); or an instance of a valid SPContentDatabase object.




Returns the content database for the specified site collection.

The type must be a valid GUID, in the form 12345678-90ab-cdef-1234-567890bcdefgh; a valid URL, in the form http://server_name; or an instance of a valid SPSite object.




Returns the content databases for the specified Web application.

The type must be a valid GUID, in the form 12345678-90ab-cdef-1234-567890bcdefgh; a valid name of SharePoint Web application (for example, MyOfficeApp1); or an instance of a valid SPWebApplication object.




Manages objects for the purpose of proper disposal. Use of objects, such as SPWeb or SPSite, can use large amounts of memory and use of these objects in Windows PowerShell scripts requires proper memory management. Using the SPAssignment object, you can assign objects to a variable and dispose of the objects after they are needed to free up memory. When SPWeb, SPSite, or SPSiteAdministration objects are used, the objects are automatically disposed of if an assignment collection or the Global parameter is not used.

When the Global parameter is used, all objects are contained in the global store. If objects are not immediately used, or disposed of by using the Stop-SPAssignment command, an out-of-memory scenario can occur.




Specifies that only unattached databases in the farm are returned.


Error Description


Exceptions Description

----------------EXAMPLE 1------------

Get-SPContentDatabase -webapplication http://sitename

This example returns all content databases used by the sitename Web application.

----------------EXAMPLE 2------------

Get-SPContentDatabase -site

This example returns the content database that contains the site collection at