List most referenced tables (by FK) in Snowflake

Query below allow to obtain list of most referenced tables by foreign keys.

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select pk_tco.table_schema || '.' || pk_tco.table_name as "TABLE",
       count(*) as references,
       count(distinct fk_tco.table_name) as referencing_tables
from information_schema.referential_constraints rco
join information_schema.table_constraints fk_tco
     on rco.constraint_name = fk_tco.constraint_name
     and rco.constraint_schema = fk_tco.table_schema
join information_schema.table_constraints pk_tco
     on rco.unique_constraint_name = pk_tco.constraint_name
     and rco.unique_constraint_schema = pk_tco.table_schema
group by "TABLE"
order by count(*) desc;


  • table - table name preced by schema name
  • references - number of references to this table
  • referencing_tables - number of tables which are referencing to this table (single table can have multiple foreign keys referencing to this table)


  • One row represents one table
  • Scope of rows: all tables referenced by foreign keys
  • Ordered by number of references descending

Sample results

Notice that PUBLIC.LANGUAGE table is referenced 2 times from one table.

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