SQL SERVER – DBCC commands List – documented and undocumented

Database Consistency Checker (DBCC) commands can gives valuable insight into what’s going on inside SQL Server system. DBCC commands have powerful documented functions and many undocumented capabilities. Current DBCC commands are most useful for performance and troubleshooting exercises.
To learn about all the DBCC commands run following script in query analyzer.
To learn about syntax of an individual DBCC command run following script in query analyzer.
DBCC HELP(<command>)
Following is the list of all the DBCC commands and their syntax. List contains all documented and undocumented DBCC commands.
DBCC activecursors [(spid)]

DBCC addextendedproc (function_name, dll_name)

DBCC addinstance (objectname, instancename)

DBCC adduserobject (name)

DBCC auditevent (eventclass, eventsubclass, success, loginname
, rolename, dbusername, loginid)

DBCC autopilot (typeid, dbid, tabid, indid, pages [,flag])

DBCC balancefactor (variance_percent)

DBCC bufcount [(number_of_buffers)]

DBCC buffer ( {‘dbname’ | dbid} [, objid [, number [, printopt={0|1|2} ]
[, dirty | io | kept | rlock | ioerr | hashed ]]])

DBCC bytes ( startaddress, length )

DBCC cachestats

DBCC callfulltext

DBCC checkalloc [(‘database_name'[, NOINDEX | REPAIR])]

DBCC checkcatalog [(‘database_name’)] [WITH NO_INFOMSGS]

DBCC checkconstraints [( ‘tab_name’ | tab_id | ‘constraint_name’ | constraint_id )]

DBCC checkdb [(‘database_name'[, NOINDEX | REPAIR])]

DBCC checkdbts (dbid, newTimestamp)]

DBCC checkfilegroup [( [ {‘filegroup_name’ | filegroup_id} ]

DBCC checkident (‘table_name'[, { NORESEED | {RESEED [, new_reseed_value] } } ] )

DBCC checkprimaryfile ( {‘FileName’} [, opt={0|1|2|3} ])

DBCC checktable (‘table_name'[, {NOINDEX | index_id | REPAIR}])

DBCC cleantable (‘database_name’|database_id, ‘table_name’|table_id,[batch_size])

DBCC cacheprofile [( {actionid} [, bucketid])

DBCC clearspacecaches (‘database_name’|database_id,
‘table_name’|table_id, ‘index_name’|index_id)

DBCC collectstats (on | off)

DBCC concurrencyviolation (reset | display | startlog | stoplog)

DBCC config

DBCC cursorstats ([spid [,’clear’]])

DBCC dbinfo [(‘dbname’)]

DBCC dbrecover (dbname [, IgnoreErrors])

DBCC dbreindex (‘table_name’ [, index_name [, fillfactor ]]) [WITH NO_INFOMSGS]

DBCC dbreindexall (db_name/db_id, type_bitmap)

DBCC dbrepair (‘dbname’, DROPDB [, NOINIT])

DBCC dbtable [({‘dbname’ | dbid})]

DBCC debugbreak

DBCC deleteinstance (objectname, instancename)

DBCC des [( {‘dbname’ | dbid} [, {‘objname’ | objid} ])]

DBCC detachdb [( ‘dbname’ )]

DBCC dropcleanbuffers

DBCC dropextendedproc (function_name)

DBCC dropuserobject (‘object_name’)

DBCC dumptrigger ({‘BREAK’, {0 | 1}} | ‘DISPLAY’ | {‘SET’, exception_number}
| {‘CLEAR’, exception_number})

DBCC errorlog

DBCC extentinfo [({‘database_name’| dbid | 0}
[,{‘table_name’ | table_id} [, {‘index_name’ | index_id | -1}]])]

DBCC fileheader [( {‘dbname’ | dbid} [, fileid])

DBCC fixallocation [({‘ADD’ | ‘REMOVE’},
, filenum, pagenum [, objectid, indid])

DBCC flush (‘data’ | ‘log’, dbid)

DBCC flushprocindb (database)

DBCC free dll_name (FREE)

DBCC freeproccache

dbcc freeze_io (db)

dbcc getvalue (name)

dbcc icecapquery (‘dbname’, stored_proc_name
[, #_times_to_icecap (-1 infinite, 0 turns off)])
Use ‘dbcc icecapquery (printlist)’ to see list of SP’s to profile.
Use ‘dbcc icecapquery (icecapall)’ to profile all SP’s.

dbcc incrementinstance (objectname, countername, instancename, value)

dbcc ind ( { ‘dbname’ | dbid }, { ‘objname’ | objid }, { indid | 0 | -1 | -2 } )

DBCC indexdefrag ({dbid | dbname | 0}, {tableid | tablename}, {indid |indname})

DBCC inputbuffer (spid)

DBCC invalidate_textptr (textptr)

DBCC invalidate_textptr_objid (objid)

DBCC iotrace ( { ‘dbname’ | dbid | 0 | -1 }
, { fileid | 0 }, bufsize, [ { numIOs | -1 }
[, { timeout (sec) | -1 } [, printopt={ 0 | 1 }]]] )

DBCC latch ( address [, ‘owners’] [, ‘stackdumps’])

[{‘STALLREPORTTHESHOLD’, stallthreshold}])

DBCC lockobjectschema (‘object_name’)

DBCC log ([dbid[,{0|1|2|3|4}[,[‘lsn’,'[0x]x:y:z’]|[‘numrecs’,num]|[‘xdesid’,’x:y’]

DBCC loginfo [({‘database_name’ | dbid})]

DBCC matview ({‘PERSIST’ | ‘ENDPERSIST’ | ‘FREE’ | ‘USE’ | ‘ENDUSE’})

DBCC memobjlist [(memory object)]

DBCC memorymap

DBCC memorystatus

DBCC memospy

DBCC memusage ([IDS | NAMES], [Number of rows to output])

DBCC monitorevents (‘sink’ [, ‘filter-expression’])

DBCC newalloc – please use checkalloc instead

DBCC no_textptr (table_id , max_inline)

DBCC opentran [({‘dbname’| dbid})] [WITH TABLERESULTS[,NO_INFOMSGS]]

DBCC outputbuffer (spid)

DBCC page ( {‘dbname’ | dbid}, filenum, pagenum
[, printopt={0|1|2|3} ][, cache={0|1} ])

DBCC perflog

DBCC perfmon

DBCC pglinkage (dbid, startfile, startpg, number, printopt={0|1|2}
, targetfile, targetpg, order={1|0})

DBCC pintable (database_id, table_id)

DBCC procbuf [({‘dbname’ | dbid}[, {‘objname’ | objid}
[, nbufs[, printopt = { 0 | 1 } ]]] )]

DBCC proccache

DBCC prtipage (dbid, objid, indexid [, [{{level, 0}
| {filenum, pagenum}}] [,printopt]])

DBCC pss [(uid[, spid[, printopt = { 1 | 0 }]] )]

DBCC readpage ({ dbid, ‘dbname’ }, fileid, pageid
, formatstr [, printopt = { 0 | 1} ])

DBCC rebuild_log (dbname [, filename])

DBCC renamecolumn (object_name, old_name, new_name)

DBCC resource

DBCC row_lock (dbid, tableid, set) – Not Needed

DBCC ruleoff ({ rulenum | rulestring } [, { rulenum | rulestring } ]+)

DBCC ruleon ( rulenum | rulestring } [, { rulenum | rulestring } ]+)

DBCC setcpuweight (weight)

DBCC setinstance (objectname, countername, instancename, value)

DBCC setioweight (weight)

DBCC show_statistics (‘table_name’, ‘target_name’)

DBCC showcontig (table_id | table_name [, index_id | index_name]

DBCC showdbaffinity

DBCC showfilestats [(file_num)]

DBCC showoffrules

DBCC showonrules

DBCC showtableaffinity (table)

DBCC showtext (‘dbname’, {textpointer | {fileid, pageid, slotid[,option]}})

DBCC showweights

DBCC shrinkdatabase ({dbid | ‘dbname’}, [freespace_percentage

DBCC shrinkfile ({fileid | ‘filename’}, [compress_size

DBCC sqlmgrstats


DBCC stackdump [( {uid[, spid[, ecid]} | {threadId, ‘THREADID’}] )]

DBCC tab ( dbid, objid )

DBCC tape_control {‘query’ | ‘release’}[,(‘.tape’)]

DBCC tec [( uid[, spid[, ecid]] )]

DBCC textall [({‘database_name’|database_id}[, ‘FULL’ | FAST] )]

DBCC textalloc ({‘table_name’|table_id}[, ‘FULL’ | FAST])

DBCC thaw_io (db)

DBCC traceoff [( tracenum [, tracenum … ] )]

DBCC traceon [( tracenum [, tracenum … ] )]

DBCC tracestatus (trace# [, …trace#])

DBCC unpintable (dbid, table_id)

DBCC updateusage ({‘database_name’| 0} [, ‘table_name’ [, index_id]])

DBCC upgradedb (db) DBCC usagegovernor (command, value)

DBCC useplan [(number_of_plan)]

DBCC useroptions DBCC wakeup (spid)

DBCC writepage ({ dbid, ‘dbname’ }, fileid, pageid, offset, length, data)

Reference : Pinal Dave (http://blog.SQLAuthority.com) , BOL, Extreme Expert

20 thoughts on “SQL SERVER – DBCC commands List – documented and undocumented

  1. No reference to which version of SQL these commands are for: SQL 7 (I doubt it ), 2000 or 2005?

    I’m guessing 2005, given the date of the post, and the things like DBCC useplan, but confirmation would be useful.

    Also, I don’t see reference to what should (imho) be a standard disclaimer around undocumented code – i.e. “Use at your own risk, since MS undocumented code and features are also, typically, unsupported, and liable to change in hotfixes (less likely), service packs, and new versions (more likely). do not build systems based on these – use them, when needed, for information and analysis”. again, thats imho


  2. Hi,

    I am Sudeepta from Bangalore. While I was going through the database used in our Support environment, I found that the size of the .ldf file is above 10GB. I manage to remove such a big log file to save my disk space.

    My question is: “How to read the database .ldf file?” Currently I am using a SQL 2000 Database on Windows 2000 server.

    I have tried to search the same in Google, however, didn’t find a satisfied answer.

    I believe, that you will reply me with a solution…

    Thanks a lot for all those valuable articles……

    Thanks & Regards,


  3. Is this trace flag valid for SQL Server 2005 also

    DBCC TRACEON(2520)
    DBCC HELP (‘?’)

    Using this on my 2005 instance (build 3152), I dont see all the undocumented commands you have above. Is there another trace flag along with this?


  4. Hi,

    1. DBCC stands for DataBase Consistency Checker.
    2. DBCC stands for DataBase Console Commands.

    Which is the correct full form of DBCC. In SQL Server Books online it is stated that, the Transact-SQL programming language provides DBCC statements that act as Database Console Commands for SQL Server 2000.


  5. hi i am a student i was learning ms sql 2000 actually i was looking for a complete set of commands being used in the query analyzer window to work with the databases i would be glad if i can get something like that


  6. Hello Dave,

    I wonder if there is a way to retrieve which sql commands were executed within the database during the last day?
    I guess it has something to do with the LSN, which I can get through dbcc log.

    I really appreciate your blog. Thank you very much.


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  8. Hi,

    Thanks for the information!

    Do you know how we can grant a user who is db_owner in a database and has the dbcreator server role rights to run DBCC detachdb [( ‘dbname’ )]?



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