SQL Database. Search All Tables. Stored Procedure.

August 14, 2009

Incase you’re looking to find a value tucked within the database but can’t remember the table, let alone the field, you can introduce this ‘SEARCHALLTABLES’ stored procedure (see the following). It will take a search string as an input parameter, goes to search the following column types.

IMPORTANT NOTE : this will only search “ALMOST ALL” tables. It will search the tables that all users that have current access to the database. User created tables & System Tables are excluded from this procedure.

char, varchar, nchar – owned by ALL users within the current database. If you want to modify the DATA_TYPEs you can introduce those in the WHILE LOOP of the Stored Procedure.

Look for this –> AND DATA_TYPE IN (‘char’, ‘varchar’, ‘nchar’, ‘nvarchar’ , [new data type] )

Here’s the SQL Procedure

CREATE PROC SearchAllTables
(
@SearchStr nvarchar(100)
)
AS
BEGIN

CREATE TABLE #Results (ColumnName nvarchar(370), ColumnValue nvarchar(3630))

SET NOCOUNT ON

DECLARE @TableName nvarchar(256), @ColumnName nvarchar(128), @SearchStr2 nvarchar(110)
SET  @TableName = ”
SET @SearchStr2 = QUOTENAME(‘%’ + @SearchStr + ‘%’,””)

WHILE @TableName IS NOT NULL
BEGIN
SET @ColumnName = ”
SET @TableName =
(
SELECT MIN(QUOTENAME(TABLE_SCHEMA) + ‘.’ + QUOTENAME(TABLE_NAME))
FROM INFORMATION_SCHEMA.TABLES
WHERE TABLE_TYPE = ‘BASE TABLE’
AND QUOTENAME(TABLE_SCHEMA) + ‘.’ + QUOTENAME(TABLE_NAME) > @TableName
AND OBJECTPROPERTY(
OBJECT_ID(
QUOTENAME(TABLE_SCHEMA) + ‘.’ + QUOTENAME(TABLE_NAME)
), ‘IsMSShipped’
       ) = 0
)

WHILE (@TableName IS NOT NULL) AND (@ColumnName IS NOT NULL)
BEGIN
SET @ColumnName =
(
SELECT MIN(QUOTENAME(COLUMN_NAME))
FROM INFORMATION_SCHEMA.COLUMNS
WHERE TABLE_SCHEMA = PARSENAME(@TableName, 2)
AND TABLE_NAME = PARSENAME(@TableName, 1)
AND DATA_TYPE IN (‘char’, ‘varchar’, ‘nchar’, ‘nvarchar’)
AND QUOTENAME(COLUMN_NAME) > @ColumnName
)

IF @ColumnName IS NOT NULL
BEGIN
INSERT INTO #Results
EXEC
(
‘SELECT ”’ + @TableName + ‘.’ + @ColumnName + ”’, LEFT(‘ + @ColumnName + ‘, 3630)
FROM ‘ + @TableName + ‘ (NOLOCK) ‘ +
‘ WHERE ‘ + @ColumnName + ‘ LIKE ‘ + @SearchStr2
)
END
END
END

SELECT ColumnName, ColumnValue FROM #Results
END

Once the STORED PROC is created you can execute the following . . .

EXEC SearchAllTables ‘[search string]’
GO

 

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