April 28, 2010

Count Rows in all the Tables of a SQL Server Database

To get an accurate value of all the rows in a SQL Server table, use DBCC UPDATEUSAGE. DBCC UPDATEUSAGE corrects the rows, used pages, reserved pages, leaf pages and data page counts for each partition in a table or index. Here’s a query that first uses DBCC UPDATEUSAGE and then count all the rows in all the tables of a database using the undocumented stored procedure sp_msForEachTable

USE AdventureWorks

EXEC sp_msForEachTable
'SELECT PARSENAME(''?'', 1) as TableName,
COUNT(*) as NumberOfRows FROM ?'

OUTPUT (Partial)


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3 Responses to "Count Rows in all the Tables of a SQL Server Database"
  1. Anonymous said...
    April 29, 2010 at 9:40 AM

    Suggestion for a new Blog Title: "How to kill larges Databases 101"

  2. John David said...
    May 2, 2010 at 11:19 PM

    Hey..i am also looking for the same topic.
    thanks for sharing with us all.

  3. Madhivanan said...
    July 6, 2010 at 12:16 AM

    Another method is

    select object_name(id) as table_name, rows from sys.sysindexes
    where indid<2
    order by table_name


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