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How to Search a Column Name Within All Tables of a Database and How to Search Stored Procedures Containing a Particular Text

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How to search a column name within all tables of a database and how to search stored procedures containing a particular text

1. How I find a particular column name within all tables of SQL server database?

For example, I have a database named Organisation. I have more than one table where tax_id column is present.

Most of the time, we have to find such a column from the whole database. The solution is provided below:

select table_name,column_name from information_schema.columns
where column_name like '%tax%'

Here, I am searching for column_name which contains tax within its name. It will return all the tables and respective columns containing tax.


Table_Name Column_name
t_Customer tax_id
t_Employee tax_number
t_Balance_sheet tax_percentage

2. How to search stored procedures containing a particular text?

Below is the solution. Suppose I need to find tax_id from all stored procedures. The below query will return all stored procedures containing text tax_id.

select routine_name, routine_definition
      from information_schema.routines
      where routine_definition like '%tax_id%'
      and routine_type='procedure'


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GeneralMy vote of 4 Pin
Umesh AP16-Nov-15 20:21
Umesh AP16-Nov-15 20:21 
Nice info.........
BugError: 1. How I find a particular column name within all tables of SQL server datbase. Pin
Member 115760992-Apr-15 4:41
Member 115760992-Apr-15 4:41 
QuestionHandy Query, Works Perfectly Pin
Danish Kayani7-May-14 21:26
Danish Kayani7-May-14 21:26 
AnswerRe: Handy Query, Works Perfectly Pin
Sandesh M Patil8-May-14 0:05
Sandesh M Patil8-May-14 0:05 
GeneralMy vote of 5 Pin
Silvabolt12-Aug-13 6:03
Silvabolt12-Aug-13 6:03 
Questionvote of 5 Pin
Gonzalo F.7-Mar-13 14:42
Gonzalo F.7-Mar-13 14:42 
GeneralReason for my vote of 5 It is nice tip Pin
Member 9016933-Oct-11 21:42
Member 9016933-Oct-11 21:42 
GeneralReason for my vote of 4 like it Pin
Pranay Rana22-Dec-10 23:09
professionalPranay Rana22-Dec-10 23:09 
GeneralReason for my vote of 5 A very Good Trick Pin
Vivek Johari22-Dec-10 22:48
Vivek Johari22-Dec-10 22:48 
GeneralReason for my vote of 5 Very Handy and easy to remember. Tha... Pin
Gandalf_TheWhite22-Dec-10 3:03
professionalGandalf_TheWhite22-Dec-10 3:03 
GeneralNo problem, but thought I had been doing it wrong. Would no... Pin
Corporal Agarn15-Dec-10 9:17
professionalCorporal Agarn15-Dec-10 9:17 
GeneralThanks for correction. Pin
Sandesh M Patil15-Dec-10 6:53
Sandesh M Patil15-Dec-10 6:53 
GeneralDo you need the space on either side of tax? Pin
Corporal Agarn15-Dec-10 6:45
professionalCorporal Agarn15-Dec-10 6:45 
Basavaraj P Biradar1-Oct-11 10:43
Basavaraj P Biradar1-Oct-11 10:43 
GeneralVery Handy Pin
Gandalf_TheWhite22-Dec-10 3:04
professionalGandalf_TheWhite22-Dec-10 3:04 
GeneralRe: Very Handy Pin
Sandesh M Patil22-Dec-10 3:24
Sandesh M Patil22-Dec-10 3:24 

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