Oct 24

How to delete/drop all the tables from a SQL Server database

I’ve recently been working on a data migration and I constantly been needing to delete all the tables in the db and start over. After doing some research I came across this hidden stored procedure in SQL Server that allows you to delete each table in the database you are connected to. Use this extremely carefully as you can’t rollback this and if you connect to the wrong db you’re going to wipe all the data.

try this

EXEC sp_MSforeachtable @command1 = “DROP TABLE ?”

You can also use the shell but I haven’t tried that

EXEC xp_cmdshell ‘SQLCMD -U -P -Q ‘EXEC sp_MSforeachtable @command1 = “DROP TABLE ?” ‘ ,no_output


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