Getting table index information in SQL Server

Getting table index information in SQL Server

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At some time today, I had to compare the indices of various database tables.
To this end, I needed a fast way of getting index information for specific tables.

In SQL Server, there is a system stored procedure (hosted in the master database) called sp_helpindex.

The syntax for using it is the following:

EXEC sp_helpindex ‘schema.table_name’

The execution of the stored procedure will return the following information for all the indices in the given table:

  • index name
  • index description (clustered, nonclustered, etc.)
  • index keys

Applies to SQL Server 2000, 2005 and 2008.


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Artemakis Artemiou
Artemakis Artemiou is a Senior SQL Server Architect, Author, Software Developer and a Microsoft Data Platform MVP. He has over 15 years of experience in the IT industry in various roles. Among other, via his initiative SQLEBooks.com, Artemakis authors and publishes eBooks on different topics on SQL Server. Artemakis currently serves as the President of the Cyprus .NET User Group (CDNUG) and the International .NET Association Country Leader for Cyprus (INETA). Additionally he is the founder of the SQLArtBits initiative that aims to provide the technical community with simple, yet powerful and high-quality SQL Server tools. Currently, the highlights of these tools are DBA Security Advisor and In-Memory OLTP Simulator. Artemakis's official website can be found at aartemiou.com. Artemakis's blogs can be found at: SQLNetHub.com and TechHowTos.com.