sp_catalogs (Transact-SQL)

Applies to: SQL Server

Returns the list of catalogs in the specified linked server. This is equivalent to databases in SQL Server.

Transact-SQL syntax conventions


sp_catalogs [ @server_name = ] 'linked_svr'  


[ @server_name = ] 'linked_svr' Is the name of a linked server. linked_svr is sysname, with no default.

Result Sets

Column name Data type Description
Catalog_name nvarchar(128) Name of the catalog
Description nvarchar(4000) Description of the catalog


Requires SELECT permission on the schema.


The following example returns catalog information for the linked server named OLE DB ODBC Linked Server #3.


For sp_catalogs to provide useful information, the OLE DB ODBC Linked Server #3 must already exist.

USE master;  
EXEC sp_catalogs 'OLE DB ODBC Linked Server #3';  

See Also

sp_addlinkedserver (Transact-SQL)
sp_columns_ex (Transact-SQL)
sp_column_privileges (Transact-SQL)
sp_foreignkeys (Transact-SQL)
sp_indexes (Transact-SQL)
sp_linkedservers (Transact-SQL)
sp_primarykeys (Transact-SQL)
sp_tables_ex (Transact-SQL)
sp_table_privileges (Transact-SQL)
System Stored Procedures (Transact-SQL)