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TABLES (Transact-SQL)

Returns one row for each table in the current database for which the current user has permissions.

To retrieve information from these views, specify the fully qualified name of INFORMATION_SCHEMA.view_name.

Applies to: SQL Server (SQL Server 2008 through current version), Azure SQL Database.

Column name

Data type



nvarchar( 128)

Table qualifier.


nvarchar( 128)

Name of schema that contains the table.

Important note Important

Do not use INFORMATION_SCHEMA views to determine the schema of an object. The only reliable way to find the schema of an object is to query the sys.objects catalog view. INFORMATION_SCHEMA views could be incomplete since they are not updated for all new features.



Table name.


varchar( 10)

Type of table. Can be VIEW or BASE TABLE.

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