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sp_help_fulltext_catalogs (Transact-SQL)

Applies To: SQL Server 2014, SQL Server 2016 Preview

Topic Status: Some information in this topic is preview and subject to change in future releases. Preview information describes new features or changes to existing features in Microsoft SQL Server 2016 Community Technology Preview 2 (CTP2).

Returns the ID, name, root directory, status, and number of full-text indexed tables for the specified full-text catalog.

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 the sys.fulltext_catalogs catalog view instead.

Applies to: SQL Server (SQL Server 2008 through current version), SQL Database V12.

Topic link icon Transact-SQL Syntax Conventions

sp_help_fulltext_catalogs [ @fulltext_catalog_name = ] 'fulltext_catalog_name'

[ @fulltext_catalog_name=] 'fulltext_catalog_name'

Is the name of the full-text catalog. fulltext_catalog_name is sysname. If this parameter is omitted or has the value NULL, information about all full-text catalogs associated with the current database is returned.

0 (success) or (1) failure

This table shows the result set, which is ordered by ftcatid.

Column name

Data type




Full-text catalog identifier.



Name of the full-text catalog.



Beginning with SQL Server 2008, this clause has no effect.  



Full-text index population status of the catalog:

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

NULL = User does not have VIEW permission on the full-text catalog, or database is not full-text enabled, or full-text component not installed.



Number of full-text indexed tables associated with the catalog.

Execute permissions default to members of the public role.

The following example returns information about the Cat_Desc full-text catalog.

USE AdventureWorks2012;
EXEC sp_help_fulltext_catalogs 'Cat_Desc' ;
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