sp_validname (Transact-SQL)

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

Checks for valid SQL Server identifier names. All nonbinary and nonzero data, including Unicode data that can be stored by using the nchar, nvarchar, or ntext data types, are accepted as valid characters for identifier names.

Topic link icon Transact-SQL Syntax Conventions


sp_validname [@name =] 'name'   
     [, [@raise_error =] raise_error]  


[ @name = ] 'name' Is the name of the identifiers for which to check validity. name is sysname, with no default. name cannot be NULL, cannot be an empty string, and cannot contain a binary-zero character.

[ @raise_error = ] raise_error Specifies whether to raise an error. raise_error is bit, with a default of 1. This means that errors will appear. 0 causes no error messages to appear.

Return Code Values

0 (success) or 1 (failure)


Requires membership in the public role.

See Also

Database Engine Stored Procedures (Transact-SQL)
Data Types (Transact-SQL)
NCHAR (Transact-SQL)
nchar and nvarchar (Transact-SQL)
ntext, text, and image (Transact-SQL)
System Stored Procedures (Transact-SQL)