Contains one row per database in the instance of Microsoft SQL Server.
If a database is not ONLINE or AUTO_CLOSE is set to ON, the values of some columns may be NULL. If a database is OFFLINE, the corresponding row is not visible to low-privileged users. To see the corresponding row if the database is OFFLINE, a user must have at least the ALTER ANY DATABASE server-level permission or the CREATE DATABASE permission in the master database.
Name of database, unique within an instance of SQL Server.
ID of the database, unique within an instance of SQL Server.
Non-NULL = ID of the source database of this database snapshot.
NULL = Not a database snapshot.
SID (Security-Identifier) of the external owner of the database, as registered to the server.
Date the database was created or renamed. For tempdb, this value changes every time the server restarts.
Integer corresponding to the version of SQL Server for which behavior is compatible:
NULL = Database is not online, or AUTO_CLOSE is set to ON.
Collation for the database. Acts as the default collation in the database.
NULL = Database is not online or AUTO_CLOSE is set to ON.
0 = MULTI_USER specified
1 = SINGLE_USER specified
2 = RESTRICTED_USER specified
Description of user-access setting:
1 = Database is READ_ONLY.
0 = Database is READ_WRITE.
1 = AUTO_CLOSE is ON.
0 = AUTO_CLOSE is OFF.
1 = AUTO_SHRINK is ON.
0 = AUTO_SHRINK is OFF.
0 = ONLINE
1 = RESTORING
2 = RECOVERING
3 = RECOVERY_PENDING
4 = SUSPECT
5 = EMERGENCY
6 = OFFLINE
Description of the database state:
For more information, see Database States.
Database is read-only for restore log.
1 = Database shut down cleanly; no recovery required on startup.
0 = Database did not shut down cleanly; recovery is required on startup.
1 = SUPPLEMENTAL_LOGGING is ON.
0 = SUPPLEMENTAL_LOGGING is OFF.
State of snapshot-isolation transactions being allowed, as set by the ALLOW_SNAPSHOT_ISOLATION option:
0 = Snapshot isolation state is OFF (default). Snapshot isolation is disallowed.
1 = Snapshot isolation state ON. Snapshot isolation is allowed.
2 = Snapshot isolation state is in transition to OFF state. All transactions have their modifications versioned. Cannot start new transactions using snapshot isolation. The database remains in the transition to OFF state until all transactions that were active when ALTER DATABASE was run can be completed.
3 = Snapshot isolation state is in transition to ON state. New transactions have their modifications versioned. Transactions cannot use snapshot isolation until the snapshot isolation state becomes 1 (ON). The database remains in the transition to ON state until all update transactions that were active when ALTER DATABASE was run can be completed.
Description of state of snapshot-isolation transactions being allowed, as set by the ALLOW_SNAPSHOT_ISOLATION option:
1 = READ_COMMITTED_SNAPSHOT option is ON. Read operations under the read-committed isolation level are based on snapshot scans and do not acquire locks.
0 = READ_COMMITTED_SNAPSHOT option is OFF (default). Read operations under the read-committed isolation level use share locks.
Recovery model selected:
1 = FULL
2 = BULK_LOGGED
3 = SIMPLE
Description of recovery model selected:
Setting of PAGE_VERIFY option:
0 = NONE
1 = TORN_PAGE_DETECTION
2 = CHECKSUM
Description of PAGE_VERIFY option setting:
1 = AUTO_CREATE_STATISTICS is ON.
0 = AUTO_CREATE_STATISTICS is OFF.
1 = AUTO_UPDATE_STATISTICS is ON.
0 = AUTO_UPDATE_STATISTICS is OFF.
1 = AUTO_UPDATE_STATISTICS_ASYNC is ON.
0 = AUTO_UPDATE_STATISTICS_ASYNC is OFF.
1 = ANSI_NULL_DEFAULT is ON.
0 = ANSI_NULL_DEFAULT is OFF.
1 = ANSI_NULLS is ON.
0 = ANSI_NULLS is OFF.
1 = ANSI_PADDING is ON.
0 = ANSI_PADDING is OFF.
1 = ANSI_WARNINGS is ON.
0 = ANSI_WARNINGS is OFF.
1 = ARITHABORT is ON.
0 = ARITHABORT is OFF.
1 = CONCAT_NULL_YIELDS_NULL is ON.
0 = CONCAT_NULL_YIELDS_NULL is OFF.
1 = NUMERIC_ROUNDABORT is ON.
0 = NUMERIC_ROUNDABORT is OFF.
1 = QUOTED_IDENTIFIER is ON.
0 = QUOTED_IDENTIFIER is OFF.
1 = RECURSIVE_TRIGGERS is ON.
0 = RECURSIVE_TRIGGERS is OFF.
1 = CURSOR_CLOSE_ON_COMMIT is ON.
0 = CURSOR_CLOSE_ON_COMMIT is OFF.
1 = CURSOR_DEFAULT is local.
0 = CURSOR_DEFAULT is global.
1 = Full-text is enabled for the database.
0 = Full-text is disabled for the database.
1 = Database has been marked trustworthy.
0 = Database has not been marked trustworthy.
1 = Cross-database ownership chaining is ON.
0 = Cross-database ownership chaining is OFF.
1 = Parameterization is FORCED.
0 = Parameterization is SIMPLE.
1 = Database has an encrypted master key.
0 = Database does not have an encrypted master key.
1 = Database is a publication database in a transactional or snapshot replication topology.
0 = Is not a publication database.
1 = Database is a subscription database in a replication topology.
0 = Is not a subscription database.
1 = Database is a publication database in a merge replication topology.
0 = Is not a publication database in a merge replication topology.
1 = Database is the distribution database for a replication topology.
0 = Is not the distribution database for a replication topology.
1 = Database is marked for replication synchronization with backup.
0 = Is not marked for replication synchronization with backup.
Identifier of the service broker for this database. Used as the broker_instance of the target in the routing table.
1 = The broker in this database is currently sending and receiving messages.
0 = All sent messages will stay on the transmission queue and received messages will not be put on queues in this database.
By default, restored or attached databases have the broker disabled. The exception to this is database mirroring where the broker is enabled after failover.
Reuse of transaction log space is currently waiting on one of the following:
0 = Nothing
1 = Checkpoint
2 = Log backup
3 = Active backup or restore
4 = Active transaction
5 = Database mirroring
6 = Replication
7 = Database snapshot creation
8 = Log Scan
9 = Other (transient)
Description of reuse of transaction log space is currently waiting on one of the following:
If the reason is LOG_BACKUP, it may take two backups to actually free the space.
For more information, see Factors That Can Delay Log Truncation.
1 = DATE_CORRELATION_OPTIMIZATION is ON.
0 = DATE_CORRELATION_OPTIMIZATION is OFF.
1 = Database is enabled for change data capture. For more information, see sys.sp_cdc_enable_db (Transact-SQL).
Indicates whether the database is encrypted (reflects the state last set by using the ALTER DATABASE SET ENCRYPTION clause). Can be one of the following values:
1 = Encrypted
0 = Not Encrypted
For more information about database encryption, see Understanding Transparent Data Encryption (TDE).
If the database is in the process of being decrypted, is_encrypted shows a value of 0. You can see the state of the encryption process by using the sys.dm_database_encryption_keys dynamic management view.
Indicates whether the database honors conversation priorities (reflects the state last set by using the ALTER DATABASE SET HONOR_BROKER_PRIORITY clause). Can be one of the following values:
1 = HONOR_BROKER_PRIORITY is ON
0 = HONOR_BROKER_PRIORITY is OFF
For more information, see Conversation Priorities.
If the caller of sys.databases is not the owner of the database and the database is not master or tempdb, the minimum permissions required to see the corresponding row are ALTER ANY DATABASE or VIEW ANY DATABASE server-level permission, or CREATE DATABASE permission in the master database. The database to which the caller is connected can always be viewed in sys.databases.