Find all XML data columns in SQL Server database

The query below lists all columns with XML data types in SQL Server database.


select schema_name(t.schema_id) + '.' + as [table],
       c.column_id, as column_name,
       type_name(user_type_id) as data_type,
from sys.columns c
join sys.tables t
     on t.object_id = c.object_id
where type_name(user_type_id) in ('xml')
order by [table],


  • table - name of the table with schema name
  • column_id - column position in table
  • column_name - name of the column
  • data_type - type of data
  • is_xml_dcoument -
    • 1 - content is a complete XML document with only one root element
    • 0 - content is a document fragment


  • One row represents one column with a XML data type
  • Scope of rows: all columns containing XML data types in the database
  • Ordered by schema name, table name and column position in table

Sample results

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