How do I get a list of SQL Server tables and their row counts?
The most straightforward method for determining the number of rows in a table, is to use the following:
You can also use the system stored procedure, sp_spaceused, to determine other information, such as data and index size:
To get an *approximate* count for all tables, you can use the following:
The sysindexes table is usually a little bit inaccurate, because it is not updated constantly. It will also include the 'dtproperties' table, which is one of those hybrid tables that falls neither under the 'system' nor 'user' category. It does not appear in Enterprise Manager's "Tables" view if you choose to hide system objects, but it shows up above.
In any case, it is generally not recommended to query against the system objects directly, so please only use the above for rough, ad-hoc guesstimates.
Please don't rely on these methods, or use them in production code. Undocumented stored procedures may change or be disabled in a future release, or even a service pack / hotfix; or, they could disappear altogether.
The following creates your own diagnostic page to give you a quick overview of how many rows are in each table in a specific database. It uses my favorite of the undocumented, do-not-use-in-production system stored procedures, sp_MSForEachTable:
(The only reason a #temp table is used here is because we want the results ordered by largest row counts first. If the order can be arbitrary, you can just run the EXEC by itself.)
If you want to run it from ASP, you can call it as follows:
Note that this will only count USER tables, not system tables. You could consider creating this procedure in the master database and marking it as a system object; this way, you could execute it within the context of any database, instead of having to create a copy of the proc for each database.
Replicating 'Taskpad / Table Info' view
Several people have asked how to mimic what taskpad view in Enterprise Manager does for Table Info, without having to scroll or search to find tables, and without listing all of the (largely superfluous and mostly built-in) index names. This view shows all the tables, rowcounts, reserved size and index size. Here is a stored procedure that does it one better... it essentially fires an sp_spaceused (which includes data and free space, in addition to reserved and index size). Now, before you use it, please exercise caution. This relies on system tables, and the undocumented sp_msForEachTable. Its behavior may change between versions and service packs, so don't rely on it for production code.
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