Applies to: SQL Server (all supported versions) Azure SQL Database Azure SQL Managed Instance Azure Synapse Analytics Analytics Platform System (PDW)
Returns a list of all supported collations.
fn_helpcollations returns the following information.
|Column name||Data type||Description|
|Name||sysname||Standard collation name|
|Description||nvarchar(1000)||Description of the collation|
SQL Server supports Windows collations. SQL Server also supports a limited number (<80) of collations called SQL Server collations, that were developed before SQL Server supported Windows collations. SQL Server collations are still supported for backward compatibility, but shouldn't be used for new development work. For more information about Windows collations, see Windows Collation Name (Transact-SQL). For more information about collations, see Collation and Unicode Support.
The following example returns all collation names starting with the letter
L and that are binary sort collations.
Azure Synapse Analytics queries against fn_helpcollations() must be run in the master database.
SELECT Name, Description FROM fn_helpcollations() WHERE Name like 'L%' AND Description LIKE '% binary sort';
Here is the result set.
Name Description ------------------- ------------------------------------ Lao_100_BIN Lao-100, binary sort Latin1_General_BIN Latin1-General, binary sort Latin1_General_100_BIN Latin1-General-100, binary sort Latvian_BIN Latvian, binary sort Latvian_100_BIN Latvian-100, binary sort Lithuanian_BIN Lithuanian, binary sort Lithuanian_100_BIN Lithuanian-100, binary sort (7 row(s) affected)