sp_helptrigger (Transact-SQL)

Applies to: SQL Server Azure SQL Database Azure SQL Managed Instance

Returns the type or types of DML triggers defined on the specified table for the current database. sp_helptrigger cannot be used with DDL triggers. Query the system stored procedures catalog view instead.

Transact-SQL syntax conventions


sp_helptrigger [ @tabname = ] 'table'   
     [ , [ @triggertype = ] 'type' ]  


[ @tabname = ] 'table' Is the name of the table in the current database for which to return trigger information. table is nvarchar(776), with no default.

[ @triggertype = ] 'type' Is the type of DML trigger to return information about. type is char(6), with a default of NULL, and can be one of these values.

Value Description
DELETE Returns DELETE trigger information.
INSERT Returns INSERT trigger information.
UPDATE Returns UPDATE trigger information.

Return Code Values

0 (success) or 1 (failure)

Result Sets

The following table shows the information that is contained in the result set.

Column name Data type Description
trigger_name sysname Name of the trigger.
trigger_owner sysname Name of the owner of the table on which the trigger is defined.
isupdate int 1=UPDATE trigger

0=Not an UPDATE trigger
isdelete int 1=DELETE trigger

0=Not a DELETE trigger
isinsert int 1=INSERT trigger

0=Not an INSERT trigger
isafter int 1=AFTER trigger

0=Not an AFTER trigger
isinsteadof int 1=INSTEAD OF trigger

0=Not an INSTEAD OF trigger
trigger_schema sysname Name of the schema to which the trigger belongs.


Requires Metadata Visibility Configuration permission on the table.


The following example executes sp_helptrigger to produce information about the trigger(s) on the Person.Person table.

USE AdventureWorks2012;  
EXEC sp_helptrigger 'Person.Person';  

See Also

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