Find Out The Parameters Of A Stored Procedure in SQL Server 2005/2008

Recently while working on an application that heavily uses Stored Procedures, I had to often open up SQL Server Management Studio/ Visual Studio Server Explorer to physically check the parameters of a Stored Procedure. This became cumbersome at times since the procs were in different databases and I wish there were a query that returned me the Stored Procedure parameters, as soon as I supply it with the stored procedure name.

If you have been looking out for something similar, here’s what I came up with:

SELECT parm.name AS Parameter,        
typ.name AS [Type]
FROM sys.procedures sp
JOIN sys.parameters parm ON sp.object_id = parm.object_id
JOIN sys.types typ ON parm.system_type_id = typ.system_type_id
WHERE sp.name = 'aspnet_Membership_GetUsers'


OUTPUT:



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I am a happy man now :)


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5 comments:

Anonymous said...

great man

but you can use this query like

SELECT parm.name AS Parameter,
typ.name AS [Type]
FROM sys.objects sp
JOIN sys.parameters parm ON sp.object_id = parm.object_id
JOIN sys.types typ ON parm.system_type_id = typ.system_type_id
WHERE sp.name = 'aspnet_Membership_GetUsers'



so it will useful for both procedure and functions also
Best Regards,
Raj Acharya

Anonymous said...

thanks mate. was looking for something like this and found this useful.

I also needed something that would work for sql2000 as well and came across the below query that works for 2000 and 2005.


SELECT PARAMETER_MODE, PARAMETER_NAME, DATA_TYPE
FROM INFORMATION_SCHEMA.PARAMETERS
WHERE SPECIFIC_NAME='PROC NAME'


cheers
Prem

Madhivanan said...

The second result set will also give the same

EXEC sp_help 'procedure name'

Dimitris said...

Nice Post,

But in case you have created your own data types that are i.e. datetime your query would return more than one rows.
In that case I run the following query

SELECT parm.name AS Parameter,
typ.name AS [Type]
FROM sys.procedures sp
JOIN sys.parameters parm ON sp.object_id = parm.object_id
JOIN sys.types typ ON parm.user_type_id = typ.user_type_id
WHERE sp.name = 'aspnet_Membership_GetUsers'


Thanks!

Suprotim Agarwal said...

Thanks Dimitris!