Delete Views

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You can delete (drop) views in SQL Server 2017 by using SQL Server Management Studio or Transact-SQL

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Before You Begin

Limitations and Restrictions

  • When you drop a view, the definition of the view and other information about the view is deleted from the system catalog. All permissions for the view are also deleted.

  • Any view on a table that is dropped by using DROP TABLE must be dropped explicitly by using DROP VIEW.



Requires ALTER permission on SCHEMA or CONTROL permission on OBJECT.

Using SQL Server Management Studio

To delete a view from a database

  1. In Object Explorer, expand the database that contains the view you want to delete, and then expand the Views folder.

  2. Right-click the view you want to delete and click Delete.

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


    Click Show Dependencies in the Delete Object dialog box to open the view_nameDependencies dialog box. This will show all of the objects that depend on the view and all of the objects on which the view depends.

Using Transact-SQL

To delete a view from a database

  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. The example deletes the specified view only if the view already exists.

    USE AdventureWorks2012 ;  
    IF OBJECT_ID ('HumanResources.EmployeeHireDate', 'V') IS NOT NULL  
    DROP VIEW HumanResources.EmployeeHireDate;  

    For more information, see DROP VIEW (Transact-SQL).