sp_dropsubscription (Transact-SQL)

Drops subscriptions to a particular article, publication, or set of subscriptions on the Publisher. This stored procedure is executed at the Publisher on the publication database.

Topic link iconTransact-SQL Syntax Conventions


sp_dropsubscription [ [ @publication= ] 'publication' ]
    [ , [ @article= ] 'article' ]
        , [ @subscriber= ] 'subscriber'
    [ , [ @destination_db= ] 'destination_db' ]
    [ , [ @ignore_distributor = ] ignore_distributor ]
    [ , [ @reserved= ] 'reserved' ]


  • [ @publication= ] 'publication'
    Is the name of the associated publication. publication is sysname, with a default of NULL. If all, all subscriptions for all publications for the specified Subscriber are canceled. publication is a required parameter.
  • [ @article= ] 'article'
    Is the name of the article. article is sysname, with a default value of NULL. If all, subscriptions to all articles for each specified publication and Subscriber are dropped. Use all for publications that allow immediate updating. article is a required parameter.
  • [ @subscriber= ] 'subscriber'
    Is the name of the Subscriber that will have its subscriptions dropped. subscriber is sysname, with no default. If all, all subscriptions for all Subscribers are dropped.
  • [ @destination_db= ] 'destination_db'
    Is the name of the destination database. destination_db is sysname, with a default of NULL. If NULL, all the subscriptions from that Subscriber are dropped.
  • [ @ignore_distributor = ] ignore_distributor
    For internal use only.
  • [ @reserved= ] 'reserved'
    For internal use only.

Return Code Values

0 (success) or 1 (failure)


sp_dropsubscription is used in snapshot and transactional replication.

If you drop the subscription on an article in an immediate-sync publication, you cannot add it back unless you drop the subscriptions on all the articles in the publication and add them all back at once.


Only members of the sysadmin fixed server role, the db_owner fixed database role, or the user that created the subscription can execute sp_dropsubscription.


-- This script uses sqlcmd scripting variables. They are in the form
-- $(MyVariable). For information about how to use scripting variables  
-- on the command line and in SQL Server Management Studio, see the 
-- "Executing Replication Scripts" section in the topic
-- "Programming Replication Using System Stored Procedures".

-- This batch is executed at the Publisher to remove 
-- a pull or push subscription to a transactional publication.
DECLARE @publication AS sysname;
DECLARE @subscriber AS sysname;
SET @publication = N'AdvWorksProductTran';
SET @subscriber = $(SubServer);

USE [AdventureWorks]
EXEC sp_dropsubscription 
  @publication = @publication, 
  @article = N'all',
  @subscriber = @subscriber;

See Also


sp_addsubscription (Transact-SQL)
sp_changesubstatus (Transact-SQL)
sp_helpsubscription (Transact-SQL)

Other Resources

How to: Delete a Push Subscription (Replication Transact-SQL Programming)

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