Applies to: SQL Server (all supported versions) Azure SQL Database Azure SQL Managed Instance
Reports information about the indexes on a table or view.
sp_helpindex [ @objname = ] 'name'
[ @objname = ] 'name'
Is the qualified or nonqualified name of a user-defined table or view. Quotation marks are required only if a qualified table or view name is specified. If a fully qualified name, including a database name, is provided, the database name must be the name of the current database. name is nvarchar(776), with no default.
Return Code Values
0 (success) or 1 (failure)
|Column name||Data type||Description|
|index_description||varchar(210)||Index description including the filegroup it is located on.|
|index_keys||nvarchar(2078)||Table or view columns upon which the index is built.|
A descending indexed column will be listed in the result set with a minus sign (-) following its name; an ascending indexed column, the default, will be listed by its name alone.
If indexes have been set by using the NORECOMPUTE option of UPDATE STATISTICS, that information is included in the index_description column.
sp_helpindex exposes only orderable index columns; therefore, it does not expose information about XML indexes or spatial indexes.
Requires membership in the public role.
The following example reports on the types of indexes on the
USE AdventureWorks2012; GO EXEC sp_helpindex N'Sales.Customer'; GO