sp_dropapprole (Transact-SQL)

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Removes an application role from 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 DROP APPLICATION ROLE instead.

|Applies to: SQL Server ( SQL Server 2008 through current version).|

Topic link icon Transact-SQL Syntax Conventions


sp_dropapprole [@rolename = ] 'role'  


[ @rolename = ] 'role'
Is the application role to remove. role is a sysname, with no default. role must exist in the current database.

Return Code Values

0 (success) or 1 (failure)


sp_dropapprole can only be used to remove application roles. If a role owns any securables, the role cannot be dropped. Before dropping an application role that owns securables, you must first transfer ownership of the securables, or drop them.

sp_dropapprole cannot be executed within a user-defined transaction.


Requires ALTER ANY APPLICATION ROLE permission on the database.


The following example removes the SalesApp application role from the current database.

EXEC sp_dropapprole 'SalesApp';  

See Also

Security Stored Procedures (Transact-SQL)
sp_addapprole (Transact-SQL)
sp_changeobjectowner (Transact-SQL)
sp_setapprole (Transact-SQL)
System Stored Procedures (Transact-SQL)