March 13, 2010

3 Different Ways to display VIEW definition using SQL Server 2008 Management Studio




Here are 3 different ways to display VIEW definitions:

Method 1: Use sp_helptext

USE Northwind
GO
EXEC
sp_helptext Invoices

Method 2: Use SQL Server 2008 Management Studio

Open SSMS 2008. Choose the database and expand the ‘Views’ node. Right click on it > Script View as > CREATE To > Choose different options as shown below:

View Definition SSMS 2008

Method 3: If you want to display the name and definitions of all view in a database, use this query:

SELECT TABLE_NAME as ViewName,
VIEW_DEFINITION as ViewDefinition
FROM INFORMATION_SCHEMA.Views

OUTPUT

View Definition

Alternatively, you can also do a join between sys.views and sys.sql_modules to obtain the same result


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9 Responses to "3 Different Ways to display VIEW definition using SQL Server 2008 Management Studio"
  1. Madhivanan said...
    March 15, 2010 at 8:00 AM

    Note that information_schema.views will show you only 4000 characters

    Other reliable methods are

    1

    select object_definition(object_id) from sys.objects
    where type='v'

    2

    select * from sys.[sql_modules]
    where definition like 'CREATE VIEW%'

    Madhivanan
    http://beyondrelational.com/blogs/madhivanan

  2. Suprotim Agarwal said...
    March 16, 2010 at 2:14 AM

    Thanks Madhivannan. As mentioned in my post, making a JOIN (using objectid) between sys.views and sys.sql_modules will get the View Name and View Definition

  3. Jeffrey Wank said...
    March 22, 2010 at 2:38 AM

    Thank you Madhivaan and Suprotim for sharing your solutions. This is very useful as I used to manually check views from management studio. Knowledge does wonders!

  4. Anonymous said...
    July 6, 2010 at 6:31 AM

    Thanks guys, very useful posts!!

  5. Anonymous said...
    September 29, 2010 at 10:56 PM

    Very useful post. Keep up the good work guys... :)

  6. Santanu....... said...
    March 23, 2011 at 12:10 PM
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  7. Santanu....... said...
    March 23, 2011 at 12:18 PM

    A very handy post....!!

  8. Anonymous said...
    December 18, 2012 at 11:22 AM

    Thank you, this helped a lot!

  9. mike said...
    January 29, 2013 at 4:49 AM

    Here is how i do it:

    SELECT OBJECT_DEFINITION (OBJECT_ID(N'VIEW_NAME'));

 

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