How To List Stored Procedures in a SQL Server Database

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Some programmers require the ability to list all of the stored procedures from a SQL Server database. The following example demonstrates how to use SQL syntax to instruct SQL Server to return information regarding the stored procedures and their parameters.


The following example uses RDO to create a list of the stored procedures held in the SQL Server pubs database:
  1. Start a new Project in Visual Basic. Form1 is created by default.
  2. Add a Command button (Command1) and a List Box (List1) to Form1.
  3. Add the following code to Form1.

    Note You must change UID =<username> and PWD =<strong password> to the correct values before you run this code. Make sure that UID has the appropriate permissions to perform this operation on the database.
          Private Sub Command1_Click()
            Dim cn As rdoConnection
            Dim ps As rdoPreparedStatement
            Dim rs As rdoResultset
            Dim strConnect As String
            Dim strSQL As String
            'open a connection to the pubs database using DSNless connections
            'change the Server argument to match your SQL Server
            strConnect = "Driver={SQL Server}; Server=myserver; " & _
                         "Database=pubs; Uid=<username>; Pwd=<strong password>"
            Set cn = rdoEnvironments(0).OpenConnection(dsName:="", _
                     Prompt:=rdDriverNoPrompt, _
                     ReadOnly:=False, _
            strSQL = "Select,,,sc.length " & _
               "FROM syscolumns sc,master..systypes st,sysobjects so " & _
               "WHERE in (select id from sysobjects where type ='P')" & _
               " AND so.type ='P' " & _
               "AND = " & _
               "AND sc.type = st.type " & _
               "AND sc.type <> 39"
            'create a prep stmt for the stored proc call
            Set ps = cn.CreatePreparedStatement("MyPs", strSQL)
            Set rs = ps.OpenResultset(rdOpenStatic)
            'add the first resultset to a list box
            list1.AddItem "SP Name,Param Name,Data Type,Length"
            While Not rs.EOF
               list1.AddItem rs(0) & " , " & rs(1) & " , " & rs(2) & " , " & _
            'Close the resultset and the connection and set both to nothing
            Set rs = Nothing
            Set cn = Nothing
          End Sub
          Private Sub Form_Load()
            Command1.Caption = "List all Stored Procedures"
          End Sub
  4. Press the F5 key to run the program. Click the button labeled "List all Stored Procedures." A List of all stored procedures and their parameters should now appear.


For more information, please see the following articles in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
153234 : How To Call System-Stored Procedures on SQL Server from RDO

147875 : How to Use "DS-Less" ODBC Connections with RDO and DAO


Article ID: 154756 - Last Review: July 13, 2004 - Revision: 4.2
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