declare @xml xml,
declare @num int
set @num = 1
set @xml = '

how to select ID = @num ??

  • Doesn't replacing 1 with @num in marc_s's answer solve your problem?
    – Mat
    Commented Dec 22, 2012 at 12:54
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    Please don't edit your question to ask something different then unaccept valid answers to your previous question. select @xml.query('*[Id/text()=sql:variable("@num")]'); should work I think. Commented Dec 22, 2012 at 12:54

2 Answers 2


Use XPath filters:

select @xml.query('*[Id/text()="1"]');

will show: <row><Id>1</Id><name>reza</name></row>. '/row[Id/text()="1"]' would also work for your example, as well as '/row[Id="1"]' or even '/row[Id=1]'.

  • @SQLKiwi: I think we should make a competition rule that one need to shorten the expression, not expanding it ;) Commented Dec 20, 2012 at 13:05
  • @SQLKiwi: yes, the ()[1] forces a singleton indeed (as we well know from what .value() is keep forcing us to do...) Commented Dec 21, 2012 at 16:22

Try this:

    @xml.nodes('/row') AS XTbl(XRows)
    XRows.value('(Id)[1]', 'int') = 1

This will return the entire <row> XML element as XML

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