sp_helpmergesubscription (Transact-SQL)

APPLIES TO: YesSQL Server NoAzure SQL Database NoAzure Synapse Analytics (SQL DW) NoParallel Data Warehouse

Returns information about a subscription to a merge publication, both push and pull. This stored procedure is executed at the Publisher on the publication database or at a republishing Subscriber on the subscription database.

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sp_helpmergesubscription [ [ @publication=] 'publication']  
    [ , [ @subscriber=] 'subscriber']  
    [ , [ @subscriber_db=] 'subscriber_db']  
    [ , [ @publisher=] 'publisher']  
    [ , [ @publisher_db=] 'publisher_db']  
    [ , [ @subscription_type=] 'subscription_type']  
    [ , [ @found=] 'found' OUTPUT]  


[ @publication = ] 'publication' Is the name of the publication. publication is sysname, with a default of %. The publication must already exist and conform to the rules for identifiers. If NULL or %, information about all merge publications and subscriptions in the current database is returned.

[ @subscriber = ] 'subscriber' Is the name of the Subscriber. subscriber is sysname, with a default of %. If NULL or %, information about all subscriptions to the given publication is returned.

[ @subscriber_db = ] 'subscriber_db' Is the name of the subscription database. subscriber_dbis sysname, with a default of %, which returns information about all subscription databases.

[ @publisher = ] 'publisher' Is the name of the Publisher. The Publisher must be a valid server. publisheris sysname, with a default of %, which returns information about all Publishers.

[ @publisher_db = ] 'publisher_db' Is the name of the Publisher database. publisher_dbis sysname, with a default of %, which returns information about all Publisher databases.

[ @subscription_type = ] 'subscription_type' Is the type of subscription. subscription_typeis nvarchar(15), and can be one of these values.

Value Description
push (default) Push subscription
pull Pull subscription
both Both a push and pull subscription

[ @found = ] 'found'OUTPUT Is a flag to indicate returning rows. foundis int and an OUTPUT parameter, with a default of NULL. 1 indicates the publication is found. 0 indicates the publication is not found.

Result Sets

Column name Data type Description
subscription_name sysname Name of the subscription.
publication sysname Name of the publication.
publisher sysname Name of the Publisher.
publisher_db sysname Name of the Publisher database.
subscriber sysname Name of the Subscriber.
subscriber_db sysname Name of the subscription database.
status int Status of the subscription:

0 = All jobs are waiting to start

1 = One or more jobs are starting

2 = All jobs have executed successfully

3 = At least one job is executing

4 = All jobs are scheduled and idle

5 = At least one job is attempting to execute after a previous failure

6 = At least one job has failed to execute successfully
subscriber_type int Type of Subscriber.
subscription_type int Type of subscription:

0 = Push

1 = Pull

2 = Both
priority float(8) Number indicating the priority for the subscription.
sync_type tinyint Subscription sync type.
description nvarchar(255) Brief description of this merge subscription.
merge_jobid binary(16) Job ID of the Merge Agent.
full_publication tinyint Whether the subscription is to a full or filtered publication.
offload_enabled bit Specifies if offload execution of a replication agent has been set to run at the Subscriber. If NULL, execution is run at the Publisher.
offload_server sysname Name of the server to where the agent is running.
use_interactive_resolver int Returns whether or not the interactive resolver is used during reconciliation. If 0, the interactive resolver not is used.
hostname sysname Value supplied when a subscription is filtered by the value of the HOST_NAME function.
subscriber_security_mode smallint Is the security mode at the Subscriber, where 1 means Windows Authentication, and 0 means Microsoft SQL Server Authentication.
subscriber_login sysname Is the login name at the Subscriber.
subscriber_password sysname Actual Subscriber password is never returned. The result is masked by a "******" string.

Return Code Values

0 (success) or 1 (failure)


sp_helpmergesubscription is used in merge replication to return subscription information stored at the Publisher or republishing Subscriber.

For anonymous subscriptions, the subscription_typevalue is always 1 (pull). However, you must execute sp_helpmergepullsubscription at the Subscriber for information on anonymous subscriptions.


Only members of the sysadmin fixed server role, the db_owner fixed database role or the publication access list for the publication to which the subscription belongs can execute sp_helpmergesubscription.

See Also

sp_addmergesubscription (Transact-SQL)
sp_changemergesubscription (Transact-SQL)
sp_dropmergesubscription (Transact-SQL)
System Stored Procedures (Transact-SQL)