sys.fn_trace_getinfo (Transact-SQL)

SQL Server 2012

Returns information about a specified trace or all existing traces.

Important note Important

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. Use Extended Events instead.

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sys.fn_trace_getinfo ( { trace_id | NULL | 0 | DEFAULT } )


Is the ID of the trace. trace_id is int. Valid inputs are the ID number of a trace, NULL, 0, or DEFAULT. NULL, 0, and DEFAULT are equivalent values in this context. Specify NULL, 0, or DEFAULT to return information for all traces in the instance of SQL Server.

Column name

Data type




ID of the trace.



Property of the trace:

1= Trace options. For more information, see @options in sp_trace_create (Transact-SQL).

2 = File name

3 = Max size

4 = Stop time

5 = Current trace status. 0 = stopped. 1 = running.



Information about the property of the trace specified.

When passed the ID of a specific trace, fn_trace_getinfo returns information about that trace. When passed an invalid ID, this function returns an empty rowset.

fn_trace_getinfo appends a .trc extension to the name of any trace file included in its result set. For information on defining a trace, see sp_trace_create (Transact-SQL). For similar information about trace filters, see sys.fn_trace_getfilterinfo (Transact-SQL).

For a complete example of using trace stored procedures, see Create a Trace (Transact-SQL).

Requires ALTER TRACE permission on the server.

The following example returns information about all active traces.

SELECT * FROM sys.fn_trace_getinfo(0) ;