Delete Foreign Key Relationships

THIS TOPIC APPLIES TO: yesSQL Server (starting with 2016)yesAzure SQL DatabaseyesAzure SQL Data Warehouse yesParallel Data Warehouse

You can delete a foreign key constraint in SQL Server 2016 by using SQL Server Management Studio or Transact-SQL . Deleting a foreign key constraint removes the requirement to enforce referential integrity.

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Before You Begin

Security

Permissions

Requires ALTER permission on the table.

Using SQL Server Management Studio

To delete a foreign key constraint

  1. In Object Explorer, expand the table with the constraint and then expand Keys.

  2. Right-click the constraint and then click Delete.

  3. In the Delete Object dialog box, click OK.

Using Transact-SQL

To delete a foreign key constraint

  1. In Object Explorer, connect to an instance of Database Engine .

  2. On the Standard bar, click New Query.

  3. Copy and paste the following example into the query window and click Execute.

    USE AdventureWorks2012;  
    GO  
    ALTER TABLE dbo.DocExe   
    DROP CONSTRAINT FK_Column_B;   
    GO  
    

    For more information, see ALTER TABLE (Transact-SQL).