List All Tables in a Database

There are a few methods for listing all the tables in a database. Some methods will be able to show more specifics than others due to the capabilities inherent in the tables being joined. I’ll show you the simplest way first which is probably the most supported way.

[cc lang=”sql”]

This method makes use of documented INFORMATION_SCHEMA system view.

The next method makes use of two not so well documented system views.
[cc lang=”sql”]
FullName = + ‘.’ +
,SchemaName =
,TableName =
FROM sys.tables t
JOIN sys.schemas s
ON s.schema_id = t.schema_id

There is really no difference between these two methods.

The third method uses the sp_tables stored procedure and passes in the parameter of ‘TABLE’. Though the parameter being passes looks funny, this is how to make it work.
[cc lang=”sql”]
EXEC sp_tables @table_type = “‘TABLE'”

Show all Tables with Rowcount and Dataspace

This method is the most extensive. Not only will it show you all the tables, but it will also display the rowcount and datasize in Megabytes.
[cc lang=”sql”]
TableName = t.TABLE_SCHEMA + ‘.’ + t.TABLE_NAME
,[RowCount] = SUM(sp.[rows])
,Megabytes = (8 * SUM(CASE WHEN sau.type != 1 THEN sau.used_pages WHEN sp.index_id < 2 THEN sau.data_pages ELSE 0 END)) / 1024 FROM INFORMATION_SCHEMA.TABLES t JOIN sys.partitions sp ON sp.object_id = OBJECT_ID(t.TABLE_SCHEMA + '.' + t.TABLE_NAME) JOIN sys.allocation_units sau ON sau.container_id = sp.partition_id WHERE TABLE_TYPE = 'BASE TABLE' GROUP BY t.TABLE_SCHEMA + '.' + t.TABLE_NAME ) A ORDER BY TableName [/cc] This method uses the INFORMATION_SCHEMA system view and joins agains the sys.partitions view in order to get the counts. The megabytes calculation multiples the pages by the page size, then divides by 1024 in order to get the megabytes calculation. I took a piece of code that was executed by SSMS in order to generate this query.

andriy 25 Jan 2016 at 5:49 pm

thanks a lot!
very helpful info!

Fakir Hossain 21 May 2015 at 7:49 pm

This information is really helpful. Specially when you are after the table names along with the number of rows in the tables at the same time.

I was doing this by calling one table at a time and it was taking for ever.

jaimin 24 Jul 2014 at 8:02 am

it really helpful to database design developer .

datanesia 15 Mar 2013 at 3:44 am
Vinod Salunke 03 Jan 2013 at 1:24 pm

this works for me..thanks

Akil 16 Jan 2013 at 6:11 pm

USE YourDBName
FROM sys.Tables

Derek Dieter 17 Jan 2013 at 6:19 pm

Thanks Akil, I’m not sure if that was available before 2008.

virender singal 03 Nov 2011 at 11:56 am

how see all tables of database in sql server 2005

Mac 26 Oct 2011 at 2:20 pm

Your last method with row count did not work for me. Your query over estimated the row count. True count is 78,120 and your query stated 312,480.

Derek Dieter 26 Oct 2011 at 3:06 pm

Hey Mac,

The fact that the number is wrong, most likely means your stats are out of wack.

JP 18 Nov 2011 at 3:07 pm

Hi Mac,

Try changing SUM(sp.rows) to MAX(sp.rows).

This seems to be working for me so far…

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