I want to query how to find all the empty tables in my schema HR i already tried with select * from dba_tables where owner='HR' and num-rows is null; but i dont know if this is the correct logic or not

  • select count(*) from ... will NEVER return NULL, it returns 0 if there are 0 rows
    – sepupic
    Oct 26, 2017 at 12:44
  • in this way i have to directly give the table name that is select count(*) from A; but suppose i dont know the table name and there are mnay tables under schema HR and i have to write a query where i can find all the tables which doesnt have any row that is empty table only in the schema hr
    – aamir
    Oct 26, 2017 at 12:55
  • >>>n this way i have to directly give the table name that is select count(*) from A; <<< the key moment is not a table name, but the condition: rowcount IS NEVER NULL, IT CAN BE 0 BUT NOT NULL
    – sepupic
    Oct 26, 2017 at 12:58
  • Although you tagged your question with Microsoft SQL Server tags, DBA_TABLES is an Oracle view. Please correct the tags as needed for appropriate answers.
    – Dan Guzman
    Oct 26, 2017 at 14:32

1 Answer 1


When you say 'empty' tables, I take that to mean tables with zero rows.

Using the example in this post as a starting point,

WITH TablesAndRowCounts
AS (
    SELECT SCHEMA_NAME(sc.schema_id) SchemaName
        ,sc.NAME + '.' + ta.NAME TableName
        ,SUM(pa.rows) RowCnt
    FROM sys.tables ta
    INNER JOIN sys.partitions pa ON pa.OBJECT_ID = ta.OBJECT_ID
    INNER JOIN sys.schemas sc ON ta.schema_id = sc.schema_id
    WHERE ta.is_ms_shipped = 0
        AND pa.index_id IN (1,0)
    GROUP BY sc.schema_id
FROM TablesAndRowCounts
WHERE rowcnt = 0
and SchemaName = 'HR'

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