sp_procoption (Transact-SQL)

Sets stored procedure for autoexecution. A stored procedure that is set to autoexecution runs every time an instance of SQL Server is started.

Topic link iconTransact-SQL Syntax Conventions


sp_procoption [ @ProcName = ] 'procedure' 
        , [ @OptionName = ] 'option' 
        , [ @OptionValue = ] 'value' 


  • [ @ProcName = ] 'procedure'
    Is the name of the procedure for which to set an option. procedure is nvarchar(776), with no default.
  • [ @OptionName = ] 'option'
    Is the name of the option to set. The only value for option is startup.
  • [ @OptionValue = ] 'value'
    Is whether to set the option on (true or on) or off (false or off). value is varchar(12), with no default.

Return Code Values

0 (success) or error number (failure)


Startup procedures must be in the master database and cannot contain INPUT or OUTPUT parameters. Execution of the stored procedures starts when the master database is recovered at startup.


Requires membership in the sysadmin fixed server role.

See Also


Database Engine Stored Procedures (Transact-SQL)
System Stored Procedures (Transact-SQL)

Other Resources

Automatic Execution of Stored Procedures

Help and Information

Getting SQL Server 2005 Assistance