Create User-defined Functions (Database Engine)

 

Updated: July 14, 2016

Applies To: SQL Server 2016

This topic describes how to create a user-defined function (UDF) in SQL Server by using Transact-SQL.

Limitations and Restrictions

  • User-defined functions cannot be used to perform actions that modify the database state.

  • User-defined functions cannot contain an OUTPUT INTO clause that has a table as its target.

  • User-defined functions can not return multiple result sets. Use a stored procedure if you need to return multiple result sets.

  • Error handling is restricted in a user-defined function. A UDF does not support TRY…CATCH, @ERROR or RAISERROR.

  • User-defined functions cannot call a stored procedure, but can call an extended stored procedure.

  • User-defined functions cannot make use of dynamic SQL or temp tables. Table variables are allowed.

  • SET statements are not allowed in a user-defined function.

  • The FOR XML clause is not allowed

  • User-defined functions can be nested; that is, one user-defined function can call another. The nesting level is incremented when the called function starts execution, and decremented when the called function finishes execution. User-defined functions can be nested up to 32 levels. Exceeding the maximum levels of nesting causes the whole calling function chain to fail. Any reference to managed code from a Transact-SQL user-defined function counts as one level against the 32-level nesting limit. Methods invoked from within managed code do not count against this limit.

  • The following Service Broker statements cannot be included in the definition of a Transact-SQL user-defined function:

    • BEGIN DIALOG CONVERSATION

    • END CONVERSATION

    • GET CONVERSATION GROUP

    • MOVE CONVERSATION

    • RECEIVE

    • SEND

Permissions

Requires CREATE FUNCTION permission in the database and ALTER permission on the schema in which the function is being created. If the function specifies a user-defined type, requires EXECUTE permission on the type.

The following example creates a multistatement scalar function in the AdventureWorks2012 database. The function takes one input value, a ProductID, and returns a single data value, the aggregated quantity of the specified product in inventory.

IF OBJECT_ID (N'dbo.ufnGetInventoryStock', N'FN') IS NOT NULL  
    DROP FUNCTION ufnGetInventoryStock;  
GO  
CREATE FUNCTION dbo.ufnGetInventoryStock(@ProductID int)  
RETURNS int   
AS   
-- Returns the stock level for the product.  
BEGIN  
    DECLARE @ret int;  
    SELECT @ret = SUM(p.Quantity)   
    FROM Production.ProductInventory p   
    WHERE p.ProductID = @ProductID   
        AND p.LocationID = '6';  
     IF (@ret IS NULL)   
        SET @ret = 0;  
    RETURN @ret;  
END;  
GO  
  

The following example uses the ufnGetInventoryStock function to return the current inventory quantity for products that have a ProductModelID between 75 and 80.

SELECT ProductModelID, Name, dbo.ufnGetInventoryStock(ProductID)AS CurrentSupply  
FROM Production.Product  
WHERE ProductModelID BETWEEN 75 and 80;  
  

The following example creates an inline table-valued function in the AdventureWorks2012 database. The function takes one input parameter, a customer (store) ID, and returns the columns ProductID, Name, and the aggregate of year-to-date sales as YTD Total for each product sold to the store.

IF OBJECT_ID (N'Sales.ufn_SalesByStore', N'IF') IS NOT NULL  
    DROP FUNCTION Sales.ufn_SalesByStore;  
GO  
CREATE FUNCTION Sales.ufn_SalesByStore (@storeid int)  
RETURNS TABLE  
AS  
RETURN   
(  
    SELECT P.ProductID, P.Name, SUM(SD.LineTotal) AS 'Total'  
    FROM Production.Product AS P   
    JOIN Sales.SalesOrderDetail AS SD ON SD.ProductID = P.ProductID  
    JOIN Sales.SalesOrderHeader AS SH ON SH.SalesOrderID = SD.SalesOrderID  
    JOIN Sales.Customer AS C ON SH.CustomerID = C.CustomerID  
    WHERE C.StoreID = @storeid  
    GROUP BY P.ProductID, P.Name  
);  
  

The following example invokes the function and specifies customer ID 602.

SELECT * FROM Sales.ufn_SalesByStore (602);  
  

The following example creates a table-valued function in the AdventureWorks2012 database. The function takes a single input parameter, an EmployeeID and returns a list of all the employees who report to the specified employee directly or indirectly. The function is then invoked specifying employee ID 109.

IF OBJECT_ID (N'dbo.ufn_FindReports', N'TF') IS NOT NULL  
    DROP FUNCTION dbo.ufn_FindReports;  
GO  
CREATE FUNCTION dbo.ufn_FindReports (@InEmpID INTEGER)  
RETURNS @retFindReports TABLE   
(  
    EmployeeID int primary key NOT NULL,  
    FirstName nvarchar(255) NOT NULL,  
    LastName nvarchar(255) NOT NULL,  
    JobTitle nvarchar(50) NOT NULL,  
    RecursionLevel int NOT NULL  
)  
--Returns a result set that lists all the employees who report to the   
--specific employee directly or indirectly.*/  
AS  
BEGIN  
WITH EMP_cte(EmployeeID, OrganizationNode, FirstName, LastName, JobTitle, RecursionLevel) -- CTE name and columns  
    AS (  
        SELECT e.BusinessEntityID, e.OrganizationNode, p.FirstName, p.LastName, e.JobTitle, 0 -- Get the initial list of Employees for Manager n  
        FROM HumanResources.Employee e   
INNER JOIN Person.Person p   
ON p.BusinessEntityID = e.BusinessEntityID  
        WHERE e.BusinessEntityID = @InEmpID  
        UNION ALL  
        SELECT e.BusinessEntityID, e.OrganizationNode, p.FirstName, p.LastName, e.JobTitle, RecursionLevel + 1 -- Join recursive member to anchor  
        FROM HumanResources.Employee e   
            INNER JOIN EMP_cte  
            ON e.OrganizationNode.GetAncestor(1) = EMP_cte.OrganizationNode  
INNER JOIN Person.Person p   
ON p.BusinessEntityID = e.BusinessEntityID  
        )  
-- copy the required columns to the result of the function   
   INSERT @retFindReports  
   SELECT EmployeeID, FirstName, LastName, JobTitle, RecursionLevel  
   FROM EMP_cte   
   RETURN  
END;  
GO  
-- Example invocation  
SELECT EmployeeID, FirstName, LastName, JobTitle, RecursionLevel  
FROM dbo.ufn_FindReports(1);  
  

User-Defined Functions
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