sp_help_jobactivity (Transact-SQL)

Applies to: SQL Server (all supported versions)

Lists information about the runtime state of SQL Server Agent jobs.

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sp_help_jobactivity { [ @job_id = ] job_id | [ @job_name = ] 'job_name' }  
     [ , [ @session_id = ] session_id ]  


[ @job_id = ] job_id The job identification number. job_idis uniqueidentifier, with a default of NULL.

[ @job_name = ] 'job_name' The name of the job. job_nameis sysname, with a default of NULL.


Either job_id or job_name must be specified, but both cannot be specified.

[ @session_id = ] session_id The session id to report information about. session_id is int, with a default of NULL.

Return Code Values

0 (success) or 1 (failure)

Result Sets

Returns the following result set:

Column name Data type Description
session_id int Agent session identification number.
job_id uniqueidentifier Identifier for the job.
job_name sysname Name of the job.
run_requested_date datetime When that the job was requested to run.
run_requested_source sysname The source of the request to run the job. One of:

1 = Run on a schedule

2 = Run in response to an alert

3 = Run on startup

4 = Run by user

6 = Run on CPU idle schedule
queued_date datetime When the request was queued. NULL if the job was run directly.
start_execution_date datetime When the job was assigned to a runnable thread.
last_executed_step_id int The step ID of the most recently run job step.
last_exectued_step_date datetime The time that the most recently run job step started to run.
stop_execution_date datetime The time that the job stopped running.
next_scheduled_run_date datetime When the job is next scheduled to run.
job_history_id int Identifier for the job history in the job history table.
message nvarchar(1024) Message produced during the last run of the job.
run_status int Status returned from the last run of the job:

0 = Error failed

1 = Succeeded

3 = Canceled

5 = Status unknown
operator_id_emailed int ID number of the operator notified via email at completion of the job.
operator_id_netsent int ID number of the operator notified via net send at completion of the job.
operator_id_paged int ID number of the operator notified via pager at completion of the job.


This procedure provides a snapshot of the current state of the jobs. The results returned represent information at the time that the request is processed.

SQL Server Agent creates a session id each time that the Agent service starts. The session id is stored in the table msdb.dbo.syssessions.

When no session_id is provided, lists information about the most recent session.

When no job_name or job_id is provided, lists information for all jobs.


By default, members of the sysadmin fixed server role can run 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 view the activity for jobs owned by other users.


The following example lists activity for all jobs that the current user has permission to view.

USE msdb ;  
EXEC dbo.sp_help_jobactivity ;  

See Also

SQL Server Agent Stored Procedures (Transact-SQL)