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Returns the database object name for schema-scoped objects. For a list of schema-scoped objects, see sys.objects (Transact-SQL).

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

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OBJECT_NAME ( object_id [, database_id ] )


Is the ID of the object to be used. object_id is int and is assumed to be a schema-scoped object in the specified database, or in the current database context.


Is the ID of the database where the object is to be looked up. database_id is int.

Returns NULL on error or if a caller does not have permission to view the object. If the target database has the AUTO_CLOSE option set to ON, the function will open the database.

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 OBJECT_NAME may return NULL if the user does not have any permission on the object. For more information, see Metadata Visibility Configuration.

Requires ANY permission on the object. To specify a database ID, CONNECT permission to the database is also required, or the guest account must be enabled.

System functions can be used in the select list, in the WHERE clause, and anywhere an expression is allowed. For more information, see Expressions and WHERE.

The value returned by this system function uses the collation of the current database.

By default, the SQL Server Database Engine assumes that object_id is in the context of the current database. A query that references an object_id in another database returns NULL or incorrect results. For example, in the following query the context of the current database is AdventureWorks2012. The Database Engine tries to return an object name for the specified object ID in that database instead of the database specified in the FROM clause of the query. Therefore, incorrect information is returned.

USE AdventureWorks2012;
FROM master.sys.objects;

You can resolve object names in the context of another database by specifying a database ID. The following example specifies the database ID for the master database in the OBJECT_SCHEMA_NAME function and returns the correct results.

USE AdventureWorks2012;
FROM master.sys.objects;

A. Using OBJECT_NAME in a WHERE clause

The following example returns columns from the sys.objects catalog view for the object specified by OBJECT_NAME in the WHERE clause of the SELECT statement.

USE AdventureWorks2012;
SET @MyID = (SELECT OBJECT_ID('AdventureWorks2012.Production.Product',
SELECT name, object_id, type_desc
FROM sys.objects

B. Returning the object schema name and object name

The following example returns the object schema name, object name, and SQL text for all cached query plans that are not ad hoc or prepared statements.

SELECT DB_NAME(st.dbid) AS database_name, 
    OBJECT_SCHEMA_NAME(st.objectid, st.dbid) AS schema_name,
    OBJECT_NAME(st.objectid, st.dbid) AS object_name, 
    st.text AS query_text
FROM sys.dm_exec_query_stats AS qs
CROSS APPLY sys.dm_exec_sql_text(qs.sql_handle) AS st
WHERE st.objectid IS NOT NULL;

C. Returning three-part object names

The following example returns the database, schema, and object name along with all other columns in the sys.dm_db_index_operational_stats dynamic management view for all objects in all databases.

    + N'.' 
    + QUOTENAME(OBJECT_SCHEMA_NAME(object_id, database_id)) 
    + N'.' 
    + QUOTENAME(OBJECT_NAME(object_id, database_id))
    , * 
FROM sys.dm_db_index_operational_stats(null, null, null, null);

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