SQLGetStmtAttr Function


Version Introduced: ODBC 3.0 Standards Compliance: ISO 92


SQLGetStmtAttr returns the current setting of a statement attribute.


For more information about what the Driver Manager maps this function to when an ODBC 3.x application is working with an ODBC 2.x driver, see Mapping Replacement Functions for Backward Compatibility of Applications.

     SQLHSTMT        StatementHandle,
     SQLINTEGER      Attribute,
     SQLPOINTER      ValuePtr,
     SQLINTEGER      BufferLength,
     SQLINTEGER *    StringLengthPtr);


[Input] Statement handle.


[Input] Attribute to retrieve.


[Output] Pointer to a buffer in which to return the value of the attribute specified in Attribute.

If ValuePtr is NULL, StringLengthPtr will still return the total number of bytes (excluding the null-termination character for character data) available to return in the buffer pointed to by ValuePtr.


[Input] If Attribute is an ODBC-defined attribute and ValuePtr points to a character string or a binary buffer, this argument should be the length of *ValuePtr. If Attribute is an ODBC-defined attribute and *ValuePtr is an integer, BufferLength is ignored. If the value returned in *ValuePtr is a Unicode string (when calling SQLGetStmtAttrW), the BufferLength argument must be an even number.

If Attribute is a driver-defined attribute, the application indicates the nature of the attribute to the Driver Manager by setting the BufferLength argument. BufferLength can have the following values:

  • If *ValuePtr is a pointer to a character string, then BufferLength is the length of the string or SQL_NTS.

  • If *ValuePtr is a pointer to a binary buffer, then the application places the result of the SQL_LEN_BINARY_ATTR(length) macro in BufferLength. This places a negative value in BufferLength.

  • If *ValuePtr is a pointer to a value other than a character string or binary string, then BufferLength should have the value SQL_IS_POINTER.

  • If *ValuePtr is contains a fixed-length data type, then BufferLength is either SQL_IS_INTEGER or SQL_IS_UINTEGER, as appropriate.


[Output] A pointer to a buffer in which to return the total number of bytes (excluding the null-termination character) available to return in *ValuePtr. If ValuePtr is a null pointer, no length is returned. If the attribute value is a character string, and the number of bytes available to return is greater than or equal to BufferLength, the data in *ValuePtr is truncated to BufferLength minus the length of a null-termination character and is null-terminated by the driver.


When SQLGetStmtAttr returns SQL_ERROR or SQL_SUCCESS_WITH_INFO, an associated SQLSTATE value may be obtained by calling SQLGetDiagRec with a HandleType of SQL_HANDLE_STMT and a Handle of StatementHandle. The following table lists the SQLSTATE values commonly returned by SQLGetStmtAttr and explains each one in the context of this function; the notation "(DM)" precedes the descriptions of SQLSTATEs returned by the Driver Manager. The return code associated with each SQLSTATE value is SQL_ERROR, unless noted otherwise.





General warning

Driver-specific informational message. (Function returns SQL_SUCCESS_WITH_INFO.)


String data, right truncated

The data returned in *ValuePtr was truncated to be BufferLength minus the length of a null-termination character. The length of the untruncated string value is returned in *StringLengthPtr. (Function returns SQL_SUCCESS_WITH_INFO.)


Invalid cursor state

The argument Attribute was SQL_ATTR_ROW_NUMBER and the cursor was not open, or the cursor was positioned before the start of the result set or after the end of the result set.


General error

An error occurred for which there was no specific SQLSTATE and for which no implementation-specific SQLSTATE was defined. The error message returned by SQLGetDiagRec in the argument MessageText describes the error and its cause.


Memory allocation error

The driver was unable to allocate memory required to support execution or completion of the function.


Function sequence error

(DM) An asynchronously executing function was called for the connection handle that is associated with the StatementHandle. This asynchronous function was still executing when the SQLGetStmtAttr function was called.

(DM) An asynchronously executing function was called for the StatementHandle and was still executing when this function was called.

(DM) SQLExecute, SQLExecDirect, SQLBulkOperations, or SQLSetPos was called for the StatementHandle and returned SQL_NEED_DATA. This function was called before data was sent for all data-at-execution parameters or columns.


Memory management error

The function call could not be processed because the underlying memory objects could not be accessed, possibly because of low memory conditions.


Invalid string or buffer length

(DM) *ValuePtr is a character string, and BufferLength was less than zero, but not equal to SQL_NTS.


Invalid attribute/option identifier

The value specified for the argument Attribute was not valid for the version of ODBC supported by the driver.


Invalid cursor position

The Attribute argument was SQL_ATTR_ROW_NUMBER and the row had been deleted or could not be fetched.


Connection is suspended due to unknown transaction state. Only disconnect and read-only functions are allowed.

(DM) For more information about suspended state, see SQLEndTran Function.


Optional feature not implemented

The value specified for the argument Attribute was a valid ODBC statement attribute for the version of ODBC supported by the driver, but was not supported by the driver.


Connection timeout expired

The connection timeout period expired before the data source responded to the request. The connection timeout period is set through SQLSetConnectAttr, SQL_ATTR_CONNECTION_TIMEOUT.


Driver does not support this function

(DM) The driver corresponding to the StatementHandle does not support the function.

For general information about statement attributes, see Statement Attributes.

A call to SQLGetStmtAttr returns in *ValuePtr the value of the statement attribute specified in Attribute. That value can either be a SQLULEN value or a null-terminated character string. If the value is a SQLULEN value, some drivers may only write the lower 32-bit or 16-bit of a buffer and leave the higher-order bit unchanged. Therefore, applications should use a buffer of SQLULEN and initialize the value to 0 before calling this function. Also, the BufferLength and StringLengthPtr arguments are not used. If the value is a null-terminated string, the application specifies the maximum length of that string in the BufferLength argument, and the driver returns the length of that string in the *StringLengthPtr buffer.

To allow applications calling SQLGetStmtAttr to work with ODBC 2.x drivers, a call to SQLGetStmtAttr is mapped in the Driver Manager to SQLGetStmtOption.

The following statement attributes are read-only, so can be retrieved by SQLGetStmtAttr, but not set by SQLSetStmtAttr:




For a list of attributes that can be set and retrieved, see SQLSetStmtAttr.

For information about


Returning the setting of a connection attribute

SQLGetConnectAttr Function

Setting a connection attribute

SQLSetConnectAttr Function

Setting a statement attribute

SQLSetStmtAttr Function