Open, view, and print a deadlock file in SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)

Applies to: yesSQL Server (all supported versions) YesAzure SQL Database

When SQL Server Profiler generates a deadlock, you can capture and save the deadlock information to a file. After you've saved the deadlock file, you can open it in SQL Server Management Studio to view it or print it.

Open and view a deadlock file

  1. On the File menu in SQL Server Management Studio, point to Open, and then select File.

  2. In the Open File dialog box, select the .xdl file type in the Files of type box. You now have a filtered list of only deadlock files.

  1. On the File menu in SQL Server Management Studio, point to Open, and then select File.

  2. In the Open File dialog box, select the .xdl file type in the Files of type box. You now have a filtered list of only deadlock files.

  3. Select the deadlock file you want to print, and select Open.

  4. On the File menu, select Print.

See also

Save deadlock graphs (SQL Server Profiler)