Schema:

ACCOUNT_USAGE

OBJECT_DEPENDENCIES view

This Account Usage view displays one row for each object dependency.

For example, while creating a view from a single table, the view is dependent on the table. Snowflake returns one row to record the dependency of the view on the table.

However, if creating the view is dependent on two tables, Snowflake returns one row to record the dependency of the view on the first table and, separately, one row to record the dependency of the view on the second table. This pattern continues for however many dependencies there are for a given object.

Columns

Column Name

Data Type

Description

REFERENCED_DATABASE

TEXT

The parent database of the referenced object.

REFERENCED_SCHEMA

TEXT

The parent schema of the referenced object.

REFERENCED_OBJECT_NAME

TEXT

The name of the referenced object.

REFERENCED_OBJECT_ID

NUMBER

The object ID of the referenced object.

REFERENCED_OBJECT_DOMAIN

TEXT

The domain (e.g. TABLE, VIEW) of the referenced object.

REFERENCING_DATABASE

TEXT

The parent database of the referencing object.

REFERENCING_SCHEMA

TEXT

The parent schema of the referencing object.

REFERENCING_OBJECT_NAME

TEXT

The name of the referencing object.

REFERENCING_OBJECT_ID

NUMBER

The object ID of the referencing object.

REFERENCING_OBJECT_DOMAIN

TEXT

The domain (e.g. TABLE, VIEW) of the referencing object.

DEPENDENCY_TYPE

TEXT

The type of dependency (BY_ID, BY_NAME, or BY_NAME_AND_ID).

Usage notes

  • Latency for this view may be up to three hours.

  • For a complete list of supported objects and their dependency type, see Supported object dependencies.

  • This view was backfilled on January 22, 2022 to include dependencies prior to making the view available. Snowflake continues to record dependencies after this date.

    Note that if a view or UDF was invalid due to a missing dependency prior to this date and the missing dependency is fixed later, Snowflake does not record the dependency for the view or UDF.

    For example, if you created a view that depends on a table on December 1, 2021, dropped the table on the same day, and then undropped the table on February 1, 2022, Snowflake does not record that the view depends on the table.

    As a workaround, create or replace the view or UDF to so that this view records the dependency.

Data sharing usage notes

General notes:

The view updates assume the share is not deleted.

The view schema (i.e. column names, data types, and values) remains the same with these exceptions:

  • The value for the REFERENCED_OBJECT_ID column in the consumer account is always NULL for a shared object.

    This value prevents a customer from discovering the source object in the provider account.

  • The value for REFERENCED_OBJECT_DOMAIN is TABLE for all table-like objects.

Snowflake objects:

Shared objects, such as Account Usage views, are now supported as referenced objects.

For example, if a user-defined view depends on data from another Account Usage view, such as LOGIN_HISTORY, the OBJECT_DEPENDENCIES view in the consumer account specifies the LOGIN_HISTORY view as the referenced object.

Rename notes:

When a provider renames a shared database, shared schema, or shared object:

  • The consumer OBJECT_DEPENDENCIES view record shows the record of the original name for the database, schema, or object prior to the renaming, not the renamed object.

    Newly renamed shared objects are not shown in the consumer OBJECT_DEPENDENCIES view to prevent the consumer from determining the object lifecycle in the provider account. A new referencing object would need to refer to the newly renamed object in order for the renamed object to appear in the local OBJECT_DEPENDENCIES view in the consumer account.

  • Renaming the shared database preserves the dependency in the consumer account.

  • Renaming a shared schema or shared objects in a shared schema breaks the dependency in the consumer account.

If the consumer renames a shared database, all existing dependencies on that database break. Consequently, Snowflake removes the corresponding records from the OBJECT_DEPENDENCIES view in the consumer account.

For example, the shared database contains a view named db1_shared.views.view_1_shared. The consumer renames the shared database to mydb. The view now has a fully-qualified name of mydb.views.view_1_shared. Snowflake removes the row specifying db1_shared.views.view_1_shared in the consumer’s OBJECT_DEPENDENCIES view because the dependency on the database named db1_shared is broken.

Not supported:

The BY_ID dependency type for referenced objects is not supported.