sp_add_notification (Transact-SQL)

Applies to: SQL Server

Sets up a notification for an alert.


sp_add_notification [ @alert_name = ] 'alert' ,
    [ @operator_name = ] 'operator' ,
    [ @notification_method = ] notification_method
[ ; ]


[ @alert_name = ] 'alert'

The alert for this notification. @alert_name is sysname, with no default.

[ @operator_name = ] 'operator'

The operator to be notified when the alert occurs. @operator_name is sysname, with no default.

[ @notification_method = ] notification_method

The method by which the operator is notified. @notification_method is tinyint, with no default. @notification_method can be one or more of these values combined with an OR logical operator.

Value Description
1 E-mail
2 Pager
4 net send

Return code values

0 (success) or 1 (failure).

Result set



sp_add_notification must be run from the msdb database.

SQL Server Management Studio provides an easy, graphical way to manage the entire alerting system. Using Management Studio is the recommended way to configure your alert infrastructure.

To send a notification in response to an alert, you must first configure SQL Server Agent to send mail.

If a failure occurs when sending an e-mail message or pager notification, the failure is reported in the SQL Server Agent service error log.


This stored procedure is owned by the db_owner role. You can grant EXECUTE permissions for any user, but these permissions may be overridden during a SQL Server upgrade.


The following example adds an e-mail notification for the specified alert (Test Alert).


This example assumes that Test Alert already exists and that Fran├žois Ajenstat is a valid operator name.

USE msdb;

EXEC dbo.sp_add_notification
    @alert_name = N'Test Alert',
    @operator_name = N'Fran├žois Ajenstat',
    @notification_method = 1;