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SQL Server Synonyms

A synonym is a database object that allows an alternative name for another database object, referred to as the base object, that can exist on a local or remote server.


CREATE SYNONYM [ schema_name_1. ] synonym_name

FOR object;

Object : 
[ server_name.[ database_name ] . [ schema_name_2 ]. object_name  

Lets see an example of using synonyms in SQL.

Here we have a table named PersonPhone within a schema Person as shown below.

Select * from Person.PersonPhone

Creating a Synonyms for a table within the same database

Lets create a synonyms for a table Person.PersonPhone as shown below.

CREATE SYNONYM tblPhone FOR Person.PersonPhone

As you have created a synonyms for target object that is table Person.PersonPhone, now you can reference this table by using synonyms as following.

SELECT * FROM tblPhone

As you can see, Instead of writing full name Person.PersonPhone to access the table you can just access the table by synonyms tblPhone.

Creating a Synonyms for a table within another database

Lets take a database SqlTutorials and within this database, will access a table from another database as shown below.

Use SqlTutorials ;

SELECT* FROM AdventureWorks2017.Person.PersonPhone

Now we will create a synonyms for target object that is a table which exists in another database (AdventureWorks2017.Person.PersonPhone).

Use SqlTutorials ;
CREATE SYNONYM tblPhone FOR AdventureWorks2017.Person.PersonPhone

Lets access a table from another database using synonyms as following.

Use SqlTutorials ;
SELECT * FROM tblPhone

You can also check all synonym which are created on current database either using T-SQL query or object explorer.

Using T-SQL Query :

SELECT name, object_Id,type_desc,create_date,base_object_name 
FROM sys.synonyms

Using Object Explorer:

Go to object Explorer > Click on Database > Click on Synonyms Folder


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