Applies to: SQL Server (all supported versions) Azure SQL Database Azure SQL Managed Instance

Returns the offset (position relative to the start of a statement) of specified keywords in Transact-SQL statements to DB-Library applications.


This feature will be removed in a future version of Microsoft SQL Server. Avoid using this feature in new development work, and plan to modify applications that currently use this feature.

Topic link icon Transact-SQL Syntax Conventions


SET OFFSETS keyword_list { ON | OFF }  


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


Is a comma-separated list of Transact-SQL constructs including SELECT, FROM, ORDER, TABLE, PROCEDURE, STATEMENT, PARAM, and EXECUTE.


SET OFFSETS is used only in DB-Library applications.

The setting of SET OFFSETS is set at parse time and not at execute time or run time. Setting at parse time means that if the SET statement is present in the batch or stored procedure, the setting takes effect, regardless of whether code execution actually reaches that point; and the SET statement takes effect before any statements are executed. For example, even if the set statement is in an IF...ELSE statement block that is never reached during execution, the SET statement still takes effect because the IF...ELSE statement block is parsed.

If SET OFFSETS is set in a stored procedure, the value of SET OFFSETS is restored after control is returned from the stored procedure. Therefore, a SET OFFSETS statement specified in dynamic SQL does not have any effect on any statements following the dynamic SQL statement.

SET PARSEONLY returns offsets if the OFFSETS option is ON and no errors occur.


Requires membership in the public role.

See Also

SET Statements (Transact-SQL)