List all the Stored Procedures of a Database and their Definitions using T-SQL in SQL Server 2005/2008

One way to Script the Stored Procedures of your SQL Server 2008 database is to use the SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS). Open SSMS > Your Database > Programmability > Stored Procedures > Right Click Stored Procedure Name > 'Script Stored Procedure As' > 'Create To'

The other way to script objects of your database in SQL Server 2005/2008 is to use the Microsoft SQL Server Database Publishing Wizard 1.1.

However if you need to do the same task programmatically using T-SQL, then here's the T-SQL that will help you do so:



SELECT obj.Name as SPName,

modu.definition as SPDefinition,

obj.create_date as SPCreationDate

FROM sys.sql_modules modu

INNER JOIN sys.objects obj

ON modu.object_id = obj.object_id

WHERE obj.type = 'P'

This query will list down all the stored procedures and their definitions of your database. In order to save the results of this SELECT statement to a text file, check this post of mine

Save SELECT query output to a text file

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Andreas Paulsson said...

If You want to script an entire database for the purpose of source code control (e.g. Subversion), try out ScriptDB : .

It generate scripts in a folder structure similar to the tree structure in Management Studio, and it can also be used from the command line.

Suprotim Agarwal said...

Thanks Andreas for letting us know about ScriptDB!

Madhivanan said...

Another way to script procedures,triggers,etc to each file is


Howard said...


David said...

Amazingly useful piece of code. I would suggest
modu.definition + 'GO' as SPDefinition
however, so that you can then copy+paste the results into SSMS and run them all (or make changes like I did).