How to Rename Column Name and How to rename Table Name is one of the most Frequent Questions in SQL Server forums. In this article, we will show you Rename Table Name and Column Name with an example of each.
To demonstrate the SQL Server rename table name and column name, we will use the Employees Details table present in our Database. And the data present in the Employee Details Table is:
In this series of frequent examples, we are going to use the standard stored procedure SP_RENAME to rename the Table name and column name.
Rename Table Name
In this example, we will rename the table name using the SP_RENAME. The syntax behind this SQL Server approach is as shown below:
SP_RENAME '[Old Table Name]', '[New table Name]'
We are going to use above specified syntax to rename the EmployeesDetails table to NewEmployeesDetails
SP_RENAME 'EmployeesDetails', 'NewEmployeDetails'
Now let me try to select records from the old table
As you can see from the above screenshot, it is throwing an error. Let me try with a New table name
Rename Column Name
In this example, we will rename the column name using the SP_RENAME; the syntax behind this approach is as shown below:
SP_RENAME '[Table Name].[Old Column Name]', '[New Column Name]', 'COLUMN'
We are going to use above specified syntax to rename the old column name YearlyIncome to a new name: Annual Income
SP_RENAME 'NewEmployeDetails.YearlyIncome', 'Annual Income', 'COLUMN'
Execute the above sp_rename stored procedure to rename the column query
Messages -------- Caution: Changing any part of an object name could break scripts and stored procedures.
From the below screenshot you can see the changed column