sp_delete_jobstep (Transact-SQL)

Applies to: SQL Server Azure SQL Managed Instance

Removes a job step from a job in the SQL Server Agent service.

Transact-SQL syntax conventions


sp_delete_jobstep { [ @job_id = ] job_id | [ @job_name = ] 'job_name' } ,   
     [ @step_id = ] step_id   



The identification number of the job from which the step will be removed. job_id is uniqueidentifier, with a default of NULL.


The name of the job from which the step will be removed. job_name is sysname, with a default of NULL.

Either job_id or job_name must be specified; both cannot be specified.


The identification number of the step being removed. step_id is int, with no default.

Return Code Values

0 (success) or 1 (failure)

Result Sets



Removing a job step automatically updates the other job steps that reference the deleted step.

For more information about the steps associated with a particular job, run `sp_help_jobstep``.


Calling sp_delete_jobstep with a step_id value of zero deletes all job steps for the job.

Microsoft SQL Server Management Studio provides an easy, graphical way to manage jobs, and is the recommended way to create and manage the job infrastructure.

This stored procedure shares the name of sp_delete_jobstep with a similar object for the Azure Elastic Jobs service for Azure SQL Database. For information about the elastic jobs version, see jobs.sp_delete_jobstep (Azure Elastic Jobs) (Transact-SQL).


By default, members of the sysadmin fixed server role can execute this stored procedure. Other users must be granted one of the following SQL Server Agent fixed database roles in the msdb database:

  • SQLAgentUserRole

  • SQLAgentReaderRole

  • SQLAgentOperatorRole

For details about the permissions of these roles, see SQL Server Agent Fixed Database Roles.

Only members of sysadmin can delete a job step that is owned by another user.


The following example removes job step 1 from the job Weekly Sales Data Backup.

USE msdb ;  
EXEC dbo.sp_delete_jobstep  
    @job_name = N'Weekly Sales Data Backup',  
    @step_id = 1 ;  

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