sp_droparticle (Transact-SQL)

Drops an article from a snapshot or transactional publication. An article cannot be removed if one or more subscriptions to it exist. This stored procedure is executed at the Publisher on the publication database.

Topic link iconTransact-SQL Syntax Conventions


sp_droparticle [ @publication= ] 'publication'
        , [ @article= ] 'article'
    [ , [ @ignore_distributor = ] ignore_distributor ]
    [ , [ @force_invalidate_snapshot= ] force_invalidate_snapshot ]
    [ , [ @publisher = ] 'publisher' ]
    [ , [ @from_drop_publication = ] from_drop_publication ]


  • [ @publication=] 'publication'
    Is the name of the publication that contains the article to be dropped. publication is sysname, with no default.
  • [ @article=] 'article'
    Is the name of the article to be dropped. article is sysname, with no default.
  • [ @ignore_distributor =] ignore_distributor
    For internal use only.
  • [ @force_invalidate_snapshot = ] force_invalidate_snapshot
    Acknowledges that the action taken by this stored procedure may invalidate an existing snapshot. force_invalidate_snapshot is a bit, with a default of 0.

    0 specifies that changes to the article do not cause the snapshot to be invalid. If the stored procedure detects that the change does require a new snapshot, an error occurs and no changes are made.

    1 specifies that changes to the article may cause the snapshot to be invalid, and if there are existing subscriptions that would require a new snapshot, gives permission for the existing snapshot to be marked as obsolete and a new snapshot generated.

  • [ @publisher= ] 'publisher'
    Specifies a non-Microsoft SQL Server Publisher. publisher is sysname, with a default of NULL.


    publisher should not be used when changing article properties on a SQL Server Publisher.

  • [ @from_drop_publication= ] from_drop_publication
    For internal use only.

Return Code Values

0 (success) or 1 (failure)


sp_droparticle is used in snapshot and transactional replication.

For horizontally filtered articles, sp_droparticle checks the type column of the article in the sysarticles (Transact-SQL) table to determine whether a view or filter should also be dropped. If a view or filter was autogenerated, it is dropped with the article. If it was manually created, it is not dropped.

Executing sp_droparticle to drop an article from a publication does not remove the object from the publication database or the corresponding object from the subscription database. Use DROP <object> to manually remove these objects if necessary.


Only members of the sysadmin fixed server role or db_owner fixed database role can execute sp_droparticle.


DECLARE @publication AS sysname;
DECLARE @article AS sysname;
SET @publication = N'AdvWorksProductTran'; 
SET @article = N'Product'; 

-- Drop the transactional article.
USE [AdventureWorks]
EXEC sp_droparticle 
  @publication = @publication, 
  @article = @article,
  @force_invalidate_snapshot = 1;

See Also


sp_addarticle (Transact-SQL)
sp_changearticle (Transact-SQL)
sp_helparticle (Transact-SQL)
sp_helparticlecolumns (Transact-SQL)
Replication Stored Procedures (Transact-SQL)

Other Resources

How to: Delete an Article (Replication Transact-SQL Programming)
Adding Articles to and Dropping Articles from Existing Publications

Help and Information

Getting SQL Server 2005 Assistance