In this SQL Server tutorial, I will show you how to get all stored procedure scripts in SQL Server using query.
First, I will explain to you the script in the context of SQL Server and what kind of data it stores. After that, with an example, you will understand how to retrieve or get all the stored procedure scripts.
Get All Stored Procedure Scripts in the SQL Server Using Query
The script in SQL Server contains a set of SQL statements that defines a stored procedure. The set of SQL statement carry out a particular task when the script is executed.
So, whatever the stored procedure you create in your current database, you can create a separate script for each stored procedure.
With a created script that contains the code of the stored procedure, you can modify or optimize the stored procedure code. If there is an issue in the stored procedure, you can also troubleshoot that issue using the script.
Through the script, you can view the SQL statement or code of the stored procedure to understand how it works.
Let’s understand how to get the script of all the stored procedures in your current database.
Open the command prompt and connect to the SQL Server instance using the SQLCMD. Then, choose your database where you have created the stored procedure.
USE E_commerce; GO
View all the stored procedures within the current database.
SELECT name FROM sys.procedures; GO
As you can see from the above output, the E_commerce database contains a total of 5 stored procedures. To get all the stored procedure scripts or definitions, use the below query.
SELECT OBJECT_NAME(object_id) as ProcedureName, OBJECT_DEFINITION(object_id) as ScriptCode FROM sys.procedures; GO
When you execute the above query, it shows all the stored procedure names and their definitions, or you can call it the script code that you see in the above output.
Let’s understand the query parts one by one:
- Here, the object_id is the column in the sys.procedures catalog view, and this column contains the id of all the stored procedures in your database.
- So when you pass the id (object_id) of the stored procedure to an OBJECT_NAME(object_id) function, it receives the name of all the stored procedures.
- Then, the OBJECT_DEFINITION(object_id) takes the id (object_id) of each stored procedure and returns the script or definition. Here, the script or definition is the SQL code that makes up the stored procedure.
For example, the name of the first stored procedure GetOrdersByDate, and its definition or script which is shown below.
CREATE PROCEDURE GetOrdersByDate @StartDate DATE, @EndDate DATE AS BEGIN SELECT OrderId, OrderDate, CustomerName FROM CustomerOrders WHERE OrderDate >= @StartDate AND OrderDate <= @EndDate; END;
From the script code, you can see that it is the same SQL code that you have written while creating this stored procedure.
Now, if you want to make any modification to the GetOrdersByDate stored procedure, you can change the script code. Or, if you don’t understand how this stored procedure works, you can analyze the SQL code and understand it accordingly.
Using the above query, you can get all the stored procedure scripts, but you can’t modify them directly. This is how to get all stored procedure scripts in SQL Server using a query.
In this SQL Server tutorial, you learned how to get all the stored procedure scripts using a query in sql server. Also, it explained how to view the script of all the stored procedures in your current database with the help of sys.procedure catalog view in SQL Server.
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