CREATE DEFAULT (Transact-SQL)
Creates an object called a default. When bound to a column or an alias data type, a default specifies a value to be inserted into the column to which the object is bound (or into all columns, in the case of an alias data type), when no value is explicitly supplied during an insert.
This feature will be removed in a future version of Microsoft SQL Server. Avoid using this feature in new development work, and plan to modify applications that currently use this feature. Instead, use default definitions created using the DEFAULT keyword of ALTER TABLE or CREATE TABLE. For more information, see Creating and Modifying DEFAULT Definitions.
A default name can be created only in the current database. Within a database, default names must be unique by schema. When a default is created, use sp_bindefault to bind it to a column or to an alias data type.
If the default is not compatible with the column to which it is bound, SQL Server generates an error message when trying to insert the default value. For example, N/A cannot be used as a default for a numeric column.
If the default value is too long for the column to which it is bound, the value is truncated.
CREATE DEFAULT statements cannot be combined with other Transact-SQL statements in a single batch.
A default must be dropped before creating a new one of the same name, and the default must be unbound by executing sp_unbindefault before it is dropped.
If a column has both a default and a rule associated with it, the default value must not violate the rule. A default that conflicts with a rule is never inserted, and SQL Server generates an error message each time it attempts to insert the default.
When bound to a column, a default value is inserted when:
A value is not explicitly inserted.
Either the DEFAULT VALUES or DEFAULT keywords are used with INSERT to insert default values.
If NOT NULL is specified when creating a column and a default is not created for it, an error message is generated when a user fails to make an entry in that column. The following table illustrates the relationship between the existence of a default and the definition of a column as NULL or NOT NULL. The entries in the table show the result.
No entry, no default
No entry, default
Enter NULL, no default
Enter NULL, default
To rename a default, use sp_rename. For a report on a default, use sp_help.
A. Creating a simple character default
The following example creates a character default called unknown.
B. Binding a default
The following example binds the default created in example A. The default takes effect only if no entry is specified for the Phone column of the Contact table. Note that omitting any entry is different from explicitly stating NULL in an INSERT statement.
Because a default named phonedflt does not exist, the following Transact-SQL statement fails. This example is for illustration only.