sp_query_store_force_plan (Transact-SQL)

Applies to: yesSQL Server 2016 (13.x) and later YesAzure SQL Database YesAzure SQL Managed Instance

Enables forcing a particular plan for a particular query.

When a plan is forced for a particular query, every time SQL Server encounters the query, it tries to force the plan in the Query Optimizer. If plan forcing fails, an Extended Event is fired and the Query Optimizer is instructed to optimize in the normal way.

Topic link icon Transact-SQL Syntax Conventions


    [ @query_id = ] query_id , 
    [ @plan_id = ] plan_id ,
    [ @disable_optimized_plan_forcing = ] disable_optimized_plan_forcing [;]  


[ @query_id = ] query_id

Is the id of the query. query_id is a bigint, with no default.

[ @plan_id = ] plan_id

Is the id of the query plan to be forced. plan_id is a bigint, with no default.

[ @disable_optimized_plan_forcing = ] disable_optimized_plan_forcing

Indicates whether optimized plan forcing should be disabled. disable_optimized_plan_forcing is a bit with a default of 0.

Return code values

0 (success) or 1 (failure)


The resulting execution plan forced by this feature will be the same or similar to the plan being forced. Because the resulting plan may not be identical to the plan specified by sp_query_store_force_plan, the performance of the plans may vary. In rare cases, the performance difference may be significant and negative; in that case, the administrator must remove the forced plan.


Requires the ALTER permission on the database.


The following example returns information about the queries in the query store.

SELECT Txt.query_text_id, Txt.query_sql_text, Pl.plan_id, Qry.*  
FROM sys.query_store_plan AS Pl  
JOIN sys.query_store_query AS Qry  
    ON Pl.query_id = Qry.query_id  
JOIN sys.query_store_query_text AS Txt  
    ON Qry.query_text_id = Txt.query_text_id ;  

After you identify the query_id and plan_id that you want to force, use the following example to force the query to use a plan.

EXEC sp_query_store_force_plan @query_id = 3, @plan_id = 3;

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