Find a column in a database with INFORMATION_SCHEMA.COLUMNS — Parv The IT Geek

Have you ever just been given a column name and not known which table it was in? Needed to check whether a column existed within a database?…

Well today I was just given a column name and told the information I needed was in there but alas they didn’t know which table it was in.

I could have gone through each table but that is very inefficient and I can more effectively harness the power of SQL to get the answer quickly and easily.

I knew that the INFORMATION_SCHEMA.COLUMNS would be a great place to start and did the below query.


The next step was to add the COLUMN_NAME in with a WHERE clause.


WHERE COLUMN_NAME = ‘max_history_rows’

Originally published at on January 29, 2014.


Published by Parvinder Nijjar

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