sp_dbremove (Transact-SQL)

Removes a database and all files associated with that database.


This feature will be removed in a future version of Microsoft SQL Server. Avoid using this feature in new development work, and plan to modify applications that currently use this feature. We recommend that you use DROP DATABASE instead.

Topic link iconTransact-SQL Syntax Conventions


sp_dbremove [ @dbname= ] 'database' [ , [ @dropdev= ] 'dropdev' ] 


  • [ **@dbname=** ] 'database'
    Is the name of the database to be removed. database is sysname, with a default value of NULL.

  • [ **@dropdev=** ] 'dropdev'
    Is a flag provided for backward compatibility only and is currently ignored. dropdev has the value dropdev.

Return Code Values

0 (success) or 1 (failure)

Result Sets



Requires membership in the sysadmin fixed server role.


The following example removes a database named sales and all files associated with it.

EXEC sp_dbremove sales;