Get Recent SQLServer Queries from the Server Side via DMV


This article discusses how to get the recent queries as well as the last or current running query for a specific SPID.

Get Recent Queries from the Query Cache

The idea is to find the sql_handle for the recently executed queries from the dm_exec_query_stats table and then find the underlying SQL text from the dm_exec_sql_text table for the sql_handles. Below shows the query to achieve the goal:

SELECT  sql_text.text, last_execution_time, creation_time
FROM    sys.dm_exec_query_stats AS stats
        CROSS APPLY sys.dm_exec_sql_text(stats.sql_handle) AS sql_text
order by last_execution_time DESC

Get Last Query for a specific SPID

Get last or current running query is useful when troubleshooting dead lock problems.

E.g. when a query is been blocking by another process, we can use exec sp_who2 to find out the spid of that process and then get its current running query.

To get the last query, we can use DBCC INPUTBUFFER or via DMV.


It’s quite simple and straightforward, all we need is just pass the spid to it.

DBCC INPUTBUFFER(55) -- replace 55 with your real spid.

The limitation of this method is that the size by default is char(255), as a result the text will be truncated if exceeds 255.

Fortunately, Microsoft introduced(since SQLServer 2005) a new DMV way to get the full query text as described below.


The idea is to find the sql_handle for the spid and then transform the sql_handle to query text via DMV.

select query_text.text  from sys.sysprocesses as spids

cross apply sys.dm_exec_sql_text(spids.sql_handle) as query_text

where spids.spid = 55 -- replace with your concrete predicator.
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