August 17, 2014

List Empty Tables in SQL Server

I was recently doing a clean up of my website database. I remember creating some tables on my database but never adding any new rows to it.

Here’s a simple query to list all empty tables in your SQL Server database that uses a Dynamic Management View called dm_db_partition_stats which returns page and row-count information for every partition in the current database.

;WITH EmptyRows AS
   SELECT SUM(row_count) AS [TotalRows],
          OBJECT_NAME(OBJECT_ID) AS TableName
   FROM sys.dm_db_partition_stats
   WHERE index_id = 0 OR index_id = 1
WHERE [TotalRows] = 0


Note that the results from the view is only approximate. If there are any active transactions that are inserting or deleting rows, the count may not include it.

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