Find in Which Content Database Site Collection Lives

Requirement: Get which site collections resides in which content database.

Solution: Simplest method is: Navigate to Central Admin >> Application Management >> View All Site Collections.  This will display the content database name of a particular site collection.

site collection's content database sharepoint 2010

PowerShell Script to get site collection’s content database:

This code outputs the content database name of the given site collection.

$site=Get-SPSite "
write-host $site.ContentDatabase.Name

One-Liner to Find Content Databases of Site collections in SharePoint 2013:

Get-SPWebApplication | Get-SPSite | Select URL, @{Name="Database"; Expression={$_.ContentDatabase.Name}} 

Using STSADM to get Content Database of All site collections: Execute the STSADM as:

STSADM -o enumSites -url > SitesList.xml

This will generate the SitesList.xml file with following information:

  1.  URL of site collections
  2.  Primary Owner
  3.  Secondary Owner
  4.  Content Database
  5.  Storage Used
  6.  Storage Warning
  7.  Storage Max
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Report for site collection content database in SharePoint:

On a regular basis, Had to generate reports with site collection database information. PowerShell comes to the rescue again!

function SitesInDB([string]$url)

[System.Reflection.Assembly]::LoadWithPartialName("Microsoft.SharePoint") > $null
[System.Reflection.Assembly]::LoadWithPartialName("Microsoft.SharePoint.Administration") > $null

$rootSite = new-object Microsoft.SharePoint.SPSite($url)
$webApplication = $rootSite.WebApplication

$ContentDBCollection = $WebApplication.ContentDatabases

$DBName = [Microsoft.SharePoint.Administration.SPContentDatabase].GetProperty("Name")

#If Data directory already exists remove it
if (Test-Path "D:\Reports\SitesInDB\Data")
    Remove-Item "D:\Reports\SitesInDB\Data" -Recurse

# create a folder
mkdir D:\Reports\SitesInDB\Data

# Traverse through all the content databases and run the stsadm command
foreach($ContentDB in $ContentDBCollection){  
 $CurrentDBName = $DBName.GetValue($ContentDB, $null)
 stsadm -o enumsites -url $url -databasename $CurrentDBName > D:\Reports\SitesInDB\Data\$CurrentDBName.txt

# check the folder "Data-YEAR-MM-DD exists already if so delete it
$newName = get-date -uformat "%Y-%m-%d"
if (Test-Path "D:\Reports\SitesInDB\Data-$newName")
    Remove-Item "D:\Reports\SitesInDB\Data-$newName" -Recurse

#rename the folder "Data" to "Data-YEAR-MM-DD"
ren D:\Reports\SitesInDB\Data D:\Reports\SitesInDB\Data-$newName

#Call the function
sitesInDB ''

Salaudeen Rajack

Salaudeen Rajack - SharePoint Expert with Two decades of SharePoint Experience. Love to Share my knowledge and experience with the SharePoint community, through real-time articles!

4 thoughts on “Find in Which Content Database Site Collection Lives

  • Thanks and what about given below properties? how to use?

    Storage Used
    Storage Warning
    Storage Max

    • Here you go:
      //Get Storage Used
      //Get Maximum Storage & Warning Level – Applicable ONLY When Quotas are applied

  • can we generate same report using C#?

    • Sure Tariq, Why not! Here is the code to start with.

      SPWebApplication webApp = SPWebApplication.Lookup(new Uri(“”));

      foreach (SPContentDatabase cdb in webApp.ContentDatabases)
      foreach (SPSite oSPSite in cdb.Sites)
      Console.WriteLine(“Site:” +oSPSite.RootWeb.Title +” at “+oSPSite.RootWeb.Url + ” lives in the database:” + cdb.Name);


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