xp_sscanf (Transact-SQL)

Applies to: yesSQL Server (all supported versions)

Reads data from the string into the argument locations specified by each format argument.

Topic link icon Transact-SQL Syntax Conventions


xp_sscanf { string OUTPUT , format } [ ,argument [ ,...n ] ]   


Is the character string to read the argument values from.

When specified, puts the value of argument in the output parameter.

Is a formatted character string similar to what is supported by the C-language sscanf function. Currently, only the %s format argument is supported.

Is a varchar variable set to the value of the corresponding format argument.

Is a placeholder that indicates that a maximum of 50 arguments can be specified.

Return Code Values

0 (success) or 1 (failure)

Result Sets

xp_sscanf returns the following message:

Command(s) completed successfully.


Requires membership in the public role.


The following example uses xp_sscanf to extract two values from a source string based on their positions in the format of the source string.

DECLARE @filename varchar (20), @message varchar (20);  
EXEC xp_sscanf 'sync -b -fproducts10.tmp -rrandom', 'sync -b -f%s -r%s',   
  @filename OUTPUT, @message OUTPUT;  
SELECT @filename, @message;  

Here is the result set.

-------------------- --------------------   
products10.tmp        random  

See Also

System Stored Procedures (Transact-SQL)
General Extended Stored Procedures (Transact-SQL)
xp_sprintf (Transact-SQL)