sp_cycle_errorlog (Transact-SQL)

APPLIES TO: yesSQL Server noAzure SQL Database noAzure Synapse Analytics (SQL DW) noParallel Data Warehouse

Closes the current error log file and cycles the error log extension numbers just like a server restart. The new error log contains version and copyright information and a line indicating that the new log has been created.

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Return Code Values

0 (success) or 1 (failure)

Result Sets



Every time SQL Server is started, the current error log is renamed to errorlog.1; errorlog.1 becomes errorlog.2, errorlog.2 becomes errorlog.3, and so on. sp_cycle_errorlog enables you to cycle the error log files without stopping and starting the server.


Execute permissions for sp_cycle_errorlog are restricted to members of the sysadmin fixed server role.


The following example cycles the SQL Server error log.

EXEC sp_cycle_errorlog ;  

See Also

System Stored Procedures (Transact-SQL)
sp_cycle_agent_errorlog (Transact-SQL)