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SQL Server FAQ - sys.sql_modules - Getting View Definitions Back

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How To Get the Definition of a View Out of the SQL Server?

If you want get the definition of an existing view back from the SQL Server, you can use the system view called sys.sql_modules, which stores defitions of views and procedures.

The sys.sql_modules holds view definitions identifiable by the object id of each view. The tutorial exercise below shows you how to retrieve the definition of view, "fyi_link_view" by joining sys.sql_modules and sys.views:

USE FyiCenterData;
GO

SELECT m.definition 
   FROM sys.sql_modules m, sys.views v
   WHERE m.object_id = v.object_id
   AND v.name = 'fyi_links_top';   
GO
definition
-------------------------------------------
CREATE VIEW fyi_links_top (LinkText) AS
   SELECT CONVERT(VARCHAR(20),id) 
      + ' - ' + CONVERT(VARCHAR(20),counts) 
      + ' - ' + url 
   FROM fyi_links WHERE counts > 1000
(1 row(s) affected)

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  1. What Are Views?
  2. How To Create a View on an Existing Table?
  3. How To See Existing Views?
  4. How To Drop Existing Views from a Database?
  5. How To Get a List of Columns in a View using "sys.columns"?
  6. How To Get a List of Columns in a View using the "sp_columns" Stored Procedure?
  7. How To Get a List of Columns in a View using the "sp_help" Stored Procedure?
  8. How To Generate CREATE VIEW Script on an Existing View?
  9. How To Get the Definition of a View Out of the SQL Server?
  10. Can You Create a View with Data from Multiple Tables?
  11. Can You Create a View using Data from Another View?
  12. What Happens If You Delete a Table That Is Used by a View?
  13. Can You Use ORDER BY When Defining a View?
  14. How To Modify the Underlying Query of an Existing View?
  15. Can You Insert Data into a View?
  16. Can You Update Data in a View?
  17. Can You Delete Data from a View?
  18. How To Assign New Column Names in a View?
  19. How Column Data Types Are Determined in a View?
  20. How To Bind a View to the Schema of the Underlying Tables?
  21. How To Create an Index on a View?

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