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DROP SEQUENCE (Transact-SQL)

Removes a sequence object from the current database.

Applies to: SQL Server (SQL Server 2012 through current version).

Topic link icon Transact-SQL Syntax Conventions

DROP SEQUENCE { [ database_name . [ schema_name ] . | schema_name. ]    sequence_name } [ ,...n ]
 [ ; ]

database_name

Is the name of the database in which the sequence object was created.

schema_name

Is the name of the schema to which the sequence object belongs.

sequence_name

Is the name of the sequence to be dropped. Type is sysname.

After generating a number, a sequence object has no continuing relationship to the number it generated, so the sequence object can be dropped, even though the number generated is still in use.

A sequence object can be dropped while it is referenced by a stored procedure, or trigger, because it is not schema bound. A sequence object cannot be dropped if it is referenced as a default value in a table. The error message will list the object referencing the sequence.

To list all sequence objects in the database, execute the following statement.

SELECT sch.name + '.' + seq.name AS [Sequence schema and name] 
    FROM sys.sequences AS seq
    JOIN sys.schemas AS sch
        ON seq.schema_id = sch.schema_id ;
GO

Permissions

Requires ALTER or CONTROL permission on the schema.

Audit

To audit DROP SEQUENCE, monitor the SCHEMA_OBJECT_CHANGE_GROUP.

The following example removes a sequence object named CountBy1 from the current database.

DROP SEQUENCE CountBy1 ;
GO

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