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Find a piece of text in any column in any table in a SQL Server database
DECLARE @SearchStr nvarchar (100)
SET @SearchStr = 'string to find'
CREATE TABLE #Results ( ColumnName nvarchar( 370), ColumnValue nvarchar(3630 ))
SET NOCOUNT ON
DECLARE @TableName nvarchar (256), @ColumnName nvarchar( 128), @SearchStr2 nvarchar(110 )
SET @TableName = ''
SET @SearchStr2 = QUOTENAME( '%' + @SearchStr + '%','''' )
WHILE @TableName IS NOT NULL
BEGIN
SET @ColumnName = ''
SET @TableName =
(
SELECT MIN (QUOTENAME( TABLE_SCHEMA) + '.' + QUOTENAME(TABLE_NAME ))
FROM INFORMATION_SCHEMA .TABLES
WHERE TABLE_TYPE = 'BASE TABLE'
AND QUOTENAME (TABLE_SCHEMA) + '.' + QUOTENAME( TABLE_NAME) > @TableName
AND OBJECTPROPERTY (
OBJECT_ID(
QUOTENAME(TABLE_SCHEMA ) + '.' + QUOTENAME(TABLE_NAME )
), 'IsMSShipped'
) = 0
)
WHILE (@TableName IS NOT NULL) AND ( @ColumnName IS NOT NULL)
BEGIN
SET @ColumnName =
(
SELECT MIN (QUOTENAME( COLUMN_NAME))
FROM INFORMATION_SCHEMA .COLUMNS
WHERE TABLE_SCHEMA = PARSENAME(@TableName , 2)
AND TABLE_NAME = PARSENAME(@TableName , 1)
AND DATA_TYPE IN ('char' , 'varchar' , 'nchar' , 'nvarchar', 'int', 'decimal')
AND QUOTENAME (COLUMN_NAME) > @ColumnName
)
IF @ColumnName IS NOT NULL
BEGIN
INSERT INTO #Results
EXEC
(
'SELECT ''' + @TableName + '.' + @ColumnName + ''', LEFT(' + @ColumnName + ', 3630) FROM ' + @TableName + ' (NOLOCK) ' +
' WHERE ' + @ColumnName + ' LIKE ' + @SearchStr2
)
END
END
END
SELECT ColumnName, ColumnValue FROM #Results
DROP TABLE #Results
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