Rename Columns (Database Engine)

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

You can rename a table column in SQL Server 2019 (15.x) by using SQL Server Management Studio or Transact-SQL.

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Before You Begin

Limitations and Restrictions

Renaming a column will not automatically rename references to that column. You must modify any objects that reference the renamed column manually. For example, if you rename a table column and that column is referenced in a trigger, you must modify the trigger to reflect the new column name. Use sys.sql_expression_dependencies to list dependencies on the object before renaming it.

Security

Permissions

Requires ALTER permission on the object.

Using SQL Server Management Studio

To rename a column using Object Explorer

  1. In Object Explorer, connect to an instance of Database Engine.
  2. In Object Explorer, right-click the table in which you want to rename columns and choose Rename.
  3. Type a new column name.

To rename a column using Table Designer

  1. In Object Explorer, right-click the table to which you want to rename columns and choose Design.
  2. Under Column Name, select the name you want to change and type a new one.
  3. On the File menu, click Save table name.

Note

You can also change the name of a column in the Column Properties tab. Select the column whose name you want to change and type a new value for Name.

Using Transact-SQL

To rename a column

To rename a column

The following example renames the column TerritoryID in the table Sales.SalesTerritory to TerrID in the AdventureWorks database.

EXEC sp_rename 'Sales.SalesTerritory.TerritoryID', 'TerrID', 'COLUMN';

For more information, see sp_rename (Transact-SQL).