Count number of tables in a SQL Server database

I got a request from a user and he wanted to count the number of tables in a database. It's quiet simple. Just use the information_schema.tables

SELECT COUNT(*) from information_schema.tables
WHERE table_type = 'base table'

' Will return you the count of the tables in the database

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Arjunan M.C.A., said...

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more feature include in microsoft.

Anonymous said...

Nice Tip!! :-D
It's works fine!

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the query. Its not working for sample databases such as AdventureWorks db.

Error: Invalid object name 'information_schema.tables'.

Suprotim Agarwal said...


It works.

USE AdventureWorks
SELECT COUNT(*) from information_schema.tables
WHERE table_type = 'base table'

Elinab said...

Thank you,
it works & the sql is not complicated :-)

Andy Santiago said...

Gracias por el query, funciona bien :) pero deberias especificar que solo cambien el nombre de la BD y nada mas el resto no se toca.

USE NombredelaBasedeDatos
SELECT COUNT(*) from information_schema.tables
WHERE table_type = 'base table'

Jimit said...

Alternative Query is
SELECT count(*) from sys.tables where type_desc = 'USER_TABLE'

Ruchir said...

Thanks...the information proved useful!

mahendra said...

thank you for the useful information !

cherry...always cooooooool said...


Anonymous said...

select 'Owner'=convert(char(10),t.TABLE_SCHEMA),
'Table Name'=convert(char(25),t.TABLE_NAME),
'Record Count'=max(i.rows)
from sysindexes i, INFORMATION_SCHEMA.TABLES t
where t.TABLE_NAME = object_name(

Anonymous said...

Thanks much - very helpful

Anonymous said...

thats gr8 !

Anonymous said...

I hav multiple schema in DB.
How can i identify that result given is for that particular schema n not cumulative?

janardhan said...

thanx a lot

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Unknown said...

To get all Tables
SELECT * from information_schema.tables

To get specific schema
SELECT * from information_schema.tables WHERE TABLE_SCHEMA = 'dbo'

'dbo' is schema name

Unknown said...

wow .. that is wonderful

Habeeb said...

FROM sysobjects sobjects
WHERE sobjects.xtype = 'U'

Above is the query that I use.
For the full list of XTYPE, you can refer:
SQL Server - Get DB Object Names, Count + XTYPE Reference

Unknown said...

I am Ashwin kumar
Thanks for this information

Unknown said...

Count the number of tables excluding system tables.

SELECT count(*) FROM sys.objects WHERE Type_desc= 'USER_TABLE' AND is_ms_shipped <> 1