Thursday, September 23, 2010

How to search all columns of all tables in a database for a keyword

Create this procedure in the required database and here is how you run it:

--To search all columns of all tables in Pubs database for the keyword "Computer"
EXEC SearchAllTables 'Computer'
GO

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Here is the complete stored procedure code:

CREATE PROC SearchAllTables
(
 @SearchStr nvarchar(100)
)
AS
BEGIN 

 CREATE TABLE #Results (ColumnName nvarchar(370), ColumnValue nvarchar(3630))

 SET NOCOUNT ON

 DECLARE @TableName nvarchar(256), @ColumnName nvarchar(128), @SearchStr2 nvarchar(110)
 SET  @TableName = ''
 SET @SearchStr2 = QUOTENAME('%' + @SearchStr + '%','''')

 WHILE @TableName IS NOT NULL
 BEGIN
  SET @ColumnName = ''
  SET @TableName = 
  (
   SELECT MIN(QUOTENAME(TABLE_SCHEMA) + '.' + QUOTENAME(TABLE_NAME))
   FROM  INFORMATION_SCHEMA.TABLES
   WHERE   TABLE_TYPE = 'BASE TABLE'
    AND QUOTENAME(TABLE_SCHEMA) + '.' + QUOTENAME(TABLE_NAME) > @TableName
    AND OBJECTPROPERTY(
      OBJECT_ID(
       QUOTENAME(TABLE_SCHEMA) + '.' + QUOTENAME(TABLE_NAME)
        ), 'IsMSShipped'
             ) = 0
  )

  WHILE (@TableName IS NOT NULL) AND (@ColumnName IS NOT NULL)
  BEGIN
   SET @ColumnName =
   (
    SELECT MIN(QUOTENAME(COLUMN_NAME))
    FROM  INFORMATION_SCHEMA.COLUMNS
    WHERE   TABLE_SCHEMA = PARSENAME(@TableName, 2)
     AND TABLE_NAME = PARSENAME(@TableName, 1)
     AND DATA_TYPE IN ('char', 'varchar', 'nchar', 'nvarchar')
     AND QUOTENAME(COLUMN_NAME) > @ColumnName
   )
 
   IF @ColumnName IS NOT NULL
   BEGIN
    INSERT INTO #Results
    EXEC
    (
     'SELECT ''' + @TableName + '.' + @ColumnName + ''', LEFT(' + @ColumnName + ', 3630) 
     FROM ' + @TableName + ' (NOLOCK) ' +
     ' WHERE ' + @ColumnName + ' LIKE ' + @SearchStr2
    )
   END
  END 
 END

 SELECT ColumnName, ColumnValue FROM #Results
END

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