Removes all elements from the plan cache, removes a specific plan from the plan cache by specifying a plan handle or SQL handle, or removes all cache entries associated with a specified resource pool.

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DBCC FREEPROCCACHE [ ( { plan_handle | sql_handle | pool_name } ) ] [ WITH NO_INFOMSGS ]



Use DBCC FREEPROCCACHE to clear the plan cache carefully. Freeing the plan cache causes, for example, a stored procedure to be recompiled instead of reused from the cache. This can cause a sudden, temporary decrease in query performance. For each cleared cachestore in the plan cache, the SQL Server error log will contain the following informational message: "SQL Server has encountered %d occurrence(s) of cachestore flush for the '%s' cachestore (part of plan cache) due to 'DBCC FREEPROCCACHE' or 'DBCC FREESYSTEMCACHE' operations." This message is logged every five minutes as long as the cache is flushed within that time interval.

The following reconfigure operations also clear the procedure cache:

  • access check cache bucket count

  • access check cache quota

  • clr enabled

  • cost threshold for parallelism

  • cross db ownership chaining

  • index create memory

  • max degree of parallelism

  • max server memory

  • max text repl size

  • max worker threads

  • min memory per query

  • min server memory

  • query governor cost limit

  • query wait

  • remote query timeout

  • user options

Result Sets

When the WITH NO_INFOMSGS clause is not specified, DBCC FREEPROCCACHE returns:

"DBCC execution completed. If DBCC printed error messages, contact your system administrator."


Requires ALTER SERVER STATE permission on the server.


A. Clearing a query plan from the plan cache

The following example clears a query plan from the plan cache by specifying the query plan handle. To ensure the example query is in the plan cache, the query is first executed. The sys.dm_exec_cached_plans and sys.dm_exec_sql_text dynamic management views are queried to return the plan handle for the query. The plan handle value from the result set is then inserted into the DBCC FREEPROCACHE statement to remove only that plan from the plan cache.

USE AdventureWorks2012;
SELECT * FROM Person.Address;
SELECT plan_handle, st.text
FROM sys.dm_exec_cached_plans 
CROSS APPLY sys.dm_exec_sql_text(plan_handle) AS st
WHERE text LIKE N'SELECT * FROM Person.Address%';

Here is the result set.

plan_handle                                         text

--------------------------------------------------  -----------------------------

0x060006001ECA270EC0215D05000000000000000000000000  SELECT * FROM Person.Address;

(1 row(s) affected)

-- Remove the specific plan from the cache.
DBCC FREEPROCCACHE (0x060006001ECA270EC0215D05000000000000000000000000);

B. Clearing all plans from the plan cache

The following example clears all elements from the plan cache. The WITH NO_INFOMSGS clause is specified to prevent the information message from being displayed.


C. Clearing all cache entries associated with a resource pool

The following example clears all cache entries associated with a specified resource pool. The sys.dm_resource_governor_resource_pools view is first queried to obtain the value for pool_name.

SELECT * FROM sys.dm_resource_governor_resource_pools;

See Also


DBCC (Transact-SQL)


Resource Governor