sp_removedistpublisherdbreplication (Transact-SQL)

APPLIES TO: yesSQL Server yesAzure SQL Database (Managed Instance only) noAzure Synapse Analytics (SQL DW) noParallel Data Warehouse

Removes publishing metadata belonging to a specific publication at the Distributor. This stored procedure is executed at the Distributor on the distribution database.

Topic link icon Transact-SQL Syntax Conventions


sp_removedistpublisherdbreplication [ @publisher = ] 'publisher'  
        , [ @publisher_db = ] 'publisher_db'  


[ @publisher = ] 'publisher' Is the name of the Publisher server. publisher is sysname, with no default.

[ @publisher_db = ] 'publisher_db' Is the name of the publication database. publisher_db is sysname with no default.

Return Code Values

0 (success) or 1 (failure)


sp_removedistpublisherdbreplication is used by transactional and snapshot replication.

sp_removedistpublisherdbreplication is used when a published database must be recreated without also dropping the distribution database. The following metadata is removed:

  • All publication metadata.

  • Metadata for all articles belong to the publication.

  • Metadata for all subscriptions to the publication.

  • Metadata for all replication agent jobs that belong to the publication.


Only members of the sysadmin fixed server role at the Distributor or members of the db_owner fixed database role in the distribution database can execute sp_removedistpublisherdbreplication.

See Also

System Stored Procedures (Transact-SQL)