@@ERROR (Transact-SQL)

Returns the error number for the last Transact-SQL statement executed.

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Returns 0 if the previous Transact-SQL statement encountered no errors.

Returns an error number if the previous statement encountered an error. If the error was one of the errors in the sys.messages catalog view, then @@ERROR contains the value from the sys.messages.message_id column for that error. You can view the text associated with an @@ERROR error number in sys.messages.

Because @@ERROR is cleared and reset on each statement executed, check it immediately following the statement being verified, or save it to a local variable that can be checked later.

The SQL Server 2005 Database Engine introduces the TRY...CATCH construct to handle errors. The TRY...CATCH construct also supports additional system functions (ERROR_LINE, ERROR_MESSAGE, ERROR_PROCEDURE, ERROR_SEVERITY, and ERROR_STATE) that return more error information than @@ERROR. TRY...CATCH also supports an ERROR_NUMBER function that is not limited to returning the error number in the statement immediately after the statement that generated an error. For more information, see TRY...CATCH (Transact-SQL).


A. Use @@ERROR to detect a specific error

This example uses @@ERROR to check for a check constraint violation (error #547) in an UPDATE statement.

USE AdventureWorks;
UPDATE HumanResources.Employee 
    SET PayFrequency = 4
    WHERE NationalIDNumber = 615389812;
IF @@ERROR = 547
    PRINT N'A check constraint violation occurred.';

B. Use @@ERROR to conditionally exit a procedure

The IF...ELSE statements in this example test @@ERROR after an INSERT statement in a stored procedure. The value of the @@ERROR variable determines the return code sent to the calling program, indicating success or failure of the procedure.

USE AdventureWorks;
-- Drop the procedure if it already exists.
IF OBJECT_ID(N'HumanResources.usp_DeleteCandidate', N'P')
             IS NOT NULL
    DROP PROCEDURE HumanResources.usp_DeleteCandidate;
-- Create the procedure.
CREATE PROCEDURE HumanResources.usp_DeleteCandidate 
    @CandidateID INT
-- Execute the DELETE statement.
DELETE FROM HumanResources.JobCandidate
    WHERE JobCandidateID = @CandidateID;
-- Test the error value.
IF @@ERROR <> 0 
        -- Return 99 to the calling program to indicate failure.
        PRINT N'An error occurred deleting the candidate information.';
        RETURN 99;
        -- Return 0 to the calling program to indicate success.
        PRINT N'The job candidate has been deleted.';
        RETURN 0;

C. Use @@ERROR with @@ROWCOUNT

This example uses @@ERROR with @@ROWCOUNT to validate the operation of an UPDATE statement. The value of @@ERROR is checked for any indication of an error, and @@ROWCOUNT is used to ensure that the update was successfully applied to a row in the table.

USE AdventureWorks;
IF OBJECT_ID(N'Purchasing.usp_ChangePurchaseOrderHeader',N'P')
             IS NOT NULL
   DROP PROCEDURE Purchasing.usp_ChangePurchaseOrderHeader;
CREATE PROCEDURE Purchasing.usp_ChangePurchaseOrderHeader
    @PurchaseOrderID INT, 
    @EmployeeID INT
-- Declare variables used in error checking.
    @RowCountVar INT;

-- Execute the UPDATE statement.
UPDATE PurchaseOrderHeader 
    SET EmployeeID = @EmployeeID 
    WHERE PurchaseOrderID = @PurchaseOrderID;

-- Save the @@ERROR and @@ROWCOUNT values in local 
-- variables before they are cleared.
SELECT @ErrorVar = @@ERROR, 
    @RowCountVar = @@ROWCOUNT;

-- Check for errors. If an invalid @EmployeeID was specified
-- the UPDATE statement returns a foreign-key violation error #547.
IF @ErrorVar <> 0
        IF @ErrorVar = 547
                PRINT N'ERROR: Invalid ID specified for new employee.';
                RETURN 1;
                PRINT N'ERROR: error '
                    + RTRIM(CAST(@ErrorVar AS NVARCHAR(10)))
                    + N' occurred.';
                RETURN 2;

-- Check the row count. @RowCountVar is set to 0 
-- if an invalid @PurchaseOrderID was specified.
IF @RowCountVar = 0
        PRINT 'Warning: The EmployeeID specified is not valid';
        RETURN 1;
        PRINT 'Purchase order updated with the new employee';
        RETURN 0;

See Also


TRY...CATCH (Transact-SQL)
@@ROWCOUNT (Transact-SQL)
SET @local_variable (Transact-SQL)
sys.messages (Transact-SQL)
System Functions (Transact-SQL)

Other Resources

Handling Database Engine Errors
Using @@ERROR
Using TRY...CATCH in Transact-SQL

Help and Information

Getting SQL Server 2005 Assistance