sp_helparticlecolumns (Transact-SQL)

Applies to: SQL Server Azure SQL Managed Instance

Returns all columns in the underlying table. This stored procedure is executed at the Publisher on the publication database. For Oracle Publishers, this stored procedure is executed at the Distributor on any database.

Transact-SQL syntax conventions


sp_helparticlecolumns [ @publication = ] 'publication'   
        , [ @article = ] 'article'  
    [ , [ @publisher = ] 'publisher' ]  


[ @publication = ] 'publication' Is the name of the publication that contains the article. publication is sysname, with no default.

[ @article = ] 'article' Is the name of the article that has its columns returned. article is sysname, with no default.

[ @publisher = ] 'publisher' Specifies a non- Microsoft SQL Server Publisher. publisher is sysname, with a default of NULL.


publisher should not be specified when the requested article is published by a SQL Server Publisher.

Return Code Values

0 (columns that are not published) or 1 (columns that are published)

Result Sets

Column name Data type Description
column id int Identifier for the column.
column sysname Name of the column.
published bit Whether column is published:

0 = No

1 = Yes
publisher type sysname Data type of the column at the Publisher.
subscriber type sysname Data type of the column at the Subscriber.


sp_helparticlecolumns is used in snapshot and transactional replication.

sp_helparticlecolumns is useful in checking a vertical partition.


Only members of the sysadmin fixed server role, the db_owner fixed database role, or the publication access list for the current publication can execute sp_helparticlecolumns.

See Also

Define and Modify a Column Filter
sp_addarticle (Transact-SQL)
sp_articlecolumn (Transact-SQL)
sp_changearticle (Transact-SQL)
sp_droparticle (Transact-SQL)
sp_droppublication (Transact-SQL)
System Stored Procedures (Transact-SQL)