List all the SQL Server databases in the current instance using SQLCMD

I had recently written a post on Executing a Stored Procedure using SQLCMD. A user commented back asking if it was possible to print a list of databases in the current instance using SQLCMD. The answer is that it is very much possible and easy using the sp_databases system stored procedure. Here’s the query to do so:

sqlcmd -S <ComputerName>\<InstanceName> –Q “sp_databases”

On my computer, I used the following command

sqlcmd -S SUPROTIM-PC -Q "sp_databases"

and got the following output


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Suprotim Agarwal, MCSD, MCAD, MCDBA, MCSE, is the founder of DotNetCurry, DNC Magazine for Developers, SQLServerCurry and DevCurry. He has also authored a couple of books 51 Recipes using jQuery with ASP.NET Controls and a new one recently at The Absolutely Awesome jQuery CookBook.

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