sp_dbcmptlevel (Transact-SQL)

Applies to: SQL Server (all supported versions)

Sets certain database behaviors to be compatible with the specified version of SQL Server.


This feature will be removed in a future version of Microsoft SQL Server. Avoid using this feature in new development work, and plan to modify applications that currently use this feature. Use ALTER DATABASE Compatibility Levelinstead.

Topic link icon Transact-SQL Syntax Conventions


sp_dbcmptlevel [ [ @dbname = ] name ]   
    [ , [ @new_cmptlevel = ] version ]  


[ @dbname = ] name Is the name of the database for which the compatibility level is to be changed. Database names must conform to the rules for identifiers. name is sysname, with a default of NULL.

[ @new_cmptlevel = ] version Is the version of SQL Server with which the database is to be made compatible. version is tinyint, with a default of NULL. The value must be one of the following:

90 = SQL Server 2005 (9.x)

100 = SQL Server 2008

110 = SQL Server 2012 (11.x)

120 = SQL Server 2014 (12.x)

130 = SQL Server 2016 (13.x)

Return Code Values

0 (success) or 1 (failure)

Result Sets

If no parameters are specified or if the name parameter is not specified, sp_dbcmptlevel returns an error.

If name is specified without version, the Database Engine returns a message displaying the current compatibility level of the specified database.


For a description of compatibilities levels, see ALTER DATABASE Compatibility Level (Transact-SQL).


Only the database owner, members of the sysadmin fixed server role, and the db_owner fixed database role (if you are changing the current database) can execute this procedure.

See Also

Database Engine Stored Procedures (Transact-SQL)
Reserved Keywords (Transact-SQL)
System Stored Procedures (Transact-SQL)