This Information Schema view displays a row for each database defined in your account.


This view uses Snowflake terminology of “database” whereas all the other Information Schema views use the standard INFORMATION_SCHEMA terminology of “catalog”. The two terms have the same meaning.


Column Name Data Type Description
DATABASE_NAME TEXT Name of the database
DATABASE_OWNER TEXT Name of the role that owns the schema
IS_TRANSIENT TEXT Whether this is a transient database
COMMENT TEXT Comment for this database
CREATED TIMESTAMP_LTZ Creation time of the database
LAST_ALTERED TIMESTAMP_LTZ Last altered time of the database
RETENTION_TIME NUMBER Number of days that historical data is retained for Time Travel

Usage Notes

  • The view only displays objects for which the current role for the session has been granted access privileges. The view does not honor the MANAGE GRANTS privilege and consequently may show less information compared to a SHOW command when both are executed by a user who holds the MANAGE GRANTS privilege.
  • This view contains all of the databases in the account (regardless of the database’s INFORMATION_SCHEMA used to query the view).