sp_approlepassword (Transact-SQL)

THIS TOPIC APPLIES TO:yesSQL Server (starting with 2008)noAzure SQL DatabasenoAzure SQL Data Warehouse noParallel Data Warehouse

Changes the password of an application role in the current 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. Use ALTER APPLICATION ROLE instead.

Topic link icon Transact-SQL Syntax Conventions


sp_approlepassword [ @rolename= ] 'role' , [ @newpwd = ] 'password'   


[ @rolename = ] 'role'
Is the name of the application role. Role is sysname, with no default. role must exist in the current database.

[ @newpwd = ] 'password'
Is the new password for the application role. password is sysname, with no default. password cannot be NULL.


Do not use a NULL password. Use a strong password. For more information, see Strong Passwords.

Return Code Values

0 (success) or 1 (failure)


sp_approlepassword cannot be executed within a user-defined transaction.


Requires ALTER ANY APPLICATION ROLE permission on the database.


The following example sets the password for the PayrollAppRole application role to B3r12-36.

EXEC sp_approlepassword 'PayrollAppRole', '''B3r12-36';  

See Also

Security Stored Procedures (Transact-SQL)
Application Roles
sp_addapprole (Transact-SQL)
sp_setapprole (Transact-SQL)
System Stored Procedures (Transact-SQL)