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

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How To Get the Definition of a Trigger Back?

If you want get the definition of an existing trigger back from the SQL Server, you can use the catalog view called sys.sql_modules, which stores definitions of views, stored procedures, and triggers.

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

USE FyiCenterData;
GO

SELECT m.definition 
   FROM sys.sql_modules m, sys.triggers t
   WHERE m.object_id = t.object_id
   AND t.name = 'dml_message';   
GO
definition
-------------------------------------------------
CREATE TRIGGER dml_message ON fyi_users
AFTER INSERT, UPDATE, DELETE 
AS
  PRINT 'Time: '+CONVERT(VARCHAR(12),GETDATE());
  PRINT 'Records are inserted, updated,'
    + ' or deleted in fyi_users';
(1 row(s) affected)

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  1. What Are Triggers?
  2. What Are the Basic Features of a Trigger?
  3. How To Create a Simple Table to Test Triggers?
  4. How To Create a DML Trigger using CREATE TRIGGER Statements?
  5. How To Test a DML Trigger?
  6. How To List All Triggers in the Database with sys.triggers?
  7. How To Modify Existing Triggers using "ALTER TRIGGER"?
  8. How To Delete Existing Triggers using "DROP TRIGGER"?
  9. How To Get the Definition of a Trigger Back?
  10. How To Disable Triggers using "DISABLE TRIGGER"?
  11. How To Create a Trigger for INSERT Only?
  12. How To See the Event List of an Existing Trigger using sys.trigger_events?
  13. How To Access the Inserted Record of an Event?
  14. How To Access the Deleted Record of an Event?
  15. How To Improve the Trigger to Handle NULL Values?
  16. What Happens to a Trigger with Multiple Affected Rows?
  17. How To Override DML Statements with Triggers?
  18. How To Create a DDL Trigger using "CREATE TRIGGER" Statements?
  19. Can You Roll Back the DDL Statement in a Trigger?
  20. Can You Create a Logon Trigger in SQL Server 2005 Express Edition?

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