Applies to: SQL Server Azure SQL Database Azure SQL Managed Instance Azure Synapse Analytics Analytics Platform System (PDW)

Returns information about a data type.

Transact-SQL syntax conventions


TYPEPROPERTY (type , property)  


To view Transact-SQL syntax for SQL Server 2014 (12.x) and earlier versions, see Previous versions documentation.


Is the name of the data type.

Is the type of information to be returned for the data type. property can be one of the following values.

Property Description Value returned
AllowsNull Data type allows for null values. 1 = True

0 = False

NULL = Data type not found.
OwnerId Owner of the type.

Note: The schema owner is not necessarily the type owner.
Nonnull = The database user ID of the type owner.

NULL = Unsupported type, or type ID is not valid.
Precision Precision for the data type. The number of digits or characters.

-1 = xml or large value data type

NULL = Data type not found.
Scale Scale for the data type. The number of decimal places for the data type.

NULL = Data type is not numeric or not found.
UsesAnsiTrim ANSI padding setting was ON when the data type was created. 1 = True

0 = False

NULL = Data type not found, or it is not a binary or string data type.

Return Types



Returns NULL on error or if a caller does not have permission to view the object.

In SQL Server, a user can only view the metadata of securables that the user owns or on which the user has been granted permission. This means that metadata-emitting, built-in functions such as TYPEPROPERTY may return NULL if the user does not have any permission on the object. For more information, see Metadata Visibility Configuration.


A. Identifying the owner of a data type

The following example returns the owner of a data type.

SELECT TYPEPROPERTY(SCHEMA_NAME(schema_id) + '.' + name, 'OwnerId') AS owner_id, name, system_type_id, user_type_id, schema_id  
FROM sys.types;  

B. Returning the precision of the tinyint data type

The following example returns the precision or number of digits for the tinyint data type.


See Also

TYPE_ID (Transact-SQL)
TYPE_NAME (Transact-SQL)
Metadata Functions (Transact-SQL)
sys.types (Transact-SQL)