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SQL Server FAQ - odbc_tables() - Listing All Tables in the Database

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How To List All Tables in the Database using odbc_tables()?

If you want to get a list of all tables in the database, you can use the odbc_tables() function, which can actually be used to list all tables and views in the database. The syntax of odbc_tables() is:

$result_set = odbc_tables($connection_object,
   $qualifier, # database name for SQL Server
   $owner, # schema name for SQL Server
   $name, # table or view name for SQL Server
   $type # valid type names are TABLE and VIEW
   )
#- The returning result set contains 5 fields:
#- TABLE_QUALIFIER, TABLE_OWNER, TABLE_NAME, TABLE_TYPE,
#- REMARKS

The owner and name arguments accept search patterns ('%' to match zero or more characters and '_' to match a single character).

The tutorial example below shows you how to get a list of tables in the current database, FyiCenterData, which is hard coded in the DSN definition:

<?php
  $con = odbc_connect('FYI_SQL_SERVER','sa','FYIcenter');

# odbc_tables($con, $database, $schema, $name, $type);
  $res = odbc_tables($con, 'FyiCenterData','%','%','TABLE');
  while (odbc_fetch_row($res)) {
     print("   ".odbc_result($res,1));
     print(", ".odbc_result($res,2));
     print(", ".odbc_result($res,3));
     print(", ".odbc_result($res,4));
     print(", ".odbc_result($res,5)."\n");
  }
  odbc_free_result($res);

  odbc_close($con); 
?>

If you run this script, you will get something like:

   FyiCenterData, dbo, fyi_links, TABLE,
   FyiCenterData, dbo, fyi_links_copy, TABLE,
   FyiCenterData, dbo, fyi_links_indexed, TABLE,
   FyiCenterData, dbo, fyi_random, TABLE,
   FyiCenterData, dbo, fyi_rates, TABLE,
   FyiCenterData, dbo, fyi_team, TABLE,
   FyiCenterData, dbo, tipBackup2, TABLE,

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  1. What Are the Requirements to Use ODBC Connections in PHP Scripts?
  2. What Are Commonly Used ODBC Functions in PHP?
  3. How To Test ODBC DSN Connection Settings?
  4. How To Connect to a SQL Server using odbc_connect()?
  5. How To List All DSN Entries on Your Local Machine using odbc_data_source()?
  6. How To Execute a SQL Statement using odbc_exec()?
  7. How To Retrieve Error Messages using odbc_errormsg()?
  8. How To Turn Off Warning Messages during PHP Execution?
  9. How To Receive Returning Result from a Query?
  10. How To Loop through Result Set Objects using odbc_fetch_row()?
  11. How To Retrieve Field Values using odbc_result()?
  12. How To List All Tables in the Database using odbc_tables()?
  13. How To List All Columns in a Table using odbc_columns()?
  14. How To Create Prepared Statements using odbc_prepare()?

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