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This operation describes a specific alias.

describeAlias(data): Promise<DescribeAliasResponse>

Request Syntax

    alias: string,
    collection_name: string


  • alias (str) -


    The alias of a collection. Note that the alias should exist beforehand.

    what is a collection alias?

    A collection alias is an additional name for a collection. Collection aliases are useful when you want to switch your application to a new collection without any changes to your code.

    In Milvus, a collection alias is a globally unique identifier. One alias can only be assigned to exactly one collection. Conversely, a collection can have multiple aliases.

    Below is an example of reassigning the alias of one collection to another:

    Suppose there are two collections: collection_1 and collection_2. There is also a collection alias named bob, which was originally assigned to collection_1:

    • collection_1's alias = ["bob"]

    • collection_2's alias = []

    After calling alter_alias("collection_2", "bob"):

    • collection_1's alias = []

    • collection_2's alias = ["bob"]

  • collection_name (str) -


    The name of the collection that has the specified alias.

RETURNS Promise<DescribeAliasResponse>

This method returns a promise that resolves to a ResStatus object.

    alias: string;
    collection: string;
    db_name: string;
    status: ResStatus;


  • alias (string) -

    The name of the specified alias.

  • collection (string) -

    The name of the specified collection.

  • db_name (string) -

    The database that holds the above alias and collection.

  • status (ResStatus) -

    • code (number) -

      A code that indicates the operation result. It remains 0 if this operation succeeds.

    • error_code (string | number) -

      An error code that indicates an occurred error. It remains Success if this operation succeeds.

    • reason (string) -

      The reason that indicates the reason for the reported error. It remains an empty string if this operation succeeds.


const milvusClient = new milvusClient(MILUVS_ADDRESS);
const res = await milvusClient.describeAlias({
   alias: 'my_collection_alias',
   collection_name: 'my_collection',