How Do I Fire a Web Request From Microsoft SQL Server?


Larry Thompson

Do you need to fire a web request from Microsoft SQL Server? Look no further!

In this tutorial, we will guide you through the process step by step. Let’s dive right in.

What is a Web Request?

A web request is an HTTP call made by a client to a server to retrieve or send data over the internet. It allows SQL Server to interact with external APIs, web services, or websites seamlessly.

Firing a Web Request from Microsoft SQL Server

To fire a web request from Microsoft SQL Server, you can use the sp_OACreate, sp_OAMethod, and sp_OADestroy stored procedures. These procedures enable SQL Server to instantiate objects, invoke methods on them, and release resources respectively.

Step 1: Enable ‘Ole Automation Procedures’

The first step is to enable ‘Ole Automation Procedures’ on your SQL Server instance. Open SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS) and execute the following query:

USE master;
EXEC sp_configure 'show advanced options', 1;
EXEC sp_configure 'Ole Automation Procedures', 1;

This query enables the necessary configuration for firing web requests.

Step 2: Create a Stored Procedure

Next, create a stored procedure that encapsulates the logic for firing the web request. Here’s an example:

    DECLARE @Object INT;
    DECLARE @ResponseText VARCHAR(MAX);

    -- Create an HTTP object
    EXEC sp_OACreate 'MSXML2.ServerXMLHTTP', @Object OUT;

    -- Open the HTTP request
    EXEC sp_OAMethod @Object, 'open', NULL, 'GET', '', false;

    -- Send the HTTP request
    EXEC sp_OAMethod @Object, 'send';

    -- Get the response text
    EXEC sp_OAMethod @Object, 'responseText', @ResponseText OUTPUT;

    -- Close the HTTP object and release resources
    EXEC sp_OADestroy @Object;

    -- Do something with the response text
    SELECT @ResponseText AS Response;

This stored procedure uses the MSXML2.ServerXMLHTTP object to fire a GET request to You can modify it to suit your specific requirements.

Step 3: Execute the Stored Procedure

To execute the stored procedure and fire the web request, simply run the following query:

EXEC dbo.FireWebRequest;

The web request will be sent, and you can process the response as needed.


Firing a web request from Microsoft SQL Server is a powerful feature that allows you to integrate your database with external services. By following this tutorial, you have learned how to enable ‘Ole Automation Procedures,’ create a stored procedure for firing web requests, and execute it.

Now you can harness this capability in your own projects. Happy coding!

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