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This operation lists detailed information about a specific collection.

describeCollection(data): Promise<DescribeCollectionResponse>

Request Syntax

    collection_name: string 


  • collection_name (string) -


    The name of an existing collection.

  • timeout (number)

    The timeout duration for this operation.

    Setting this to None indicates that this operation timeouts when any response arrives or any error occurs.

*Returns Promise<DescribeCollectionResponse>

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

    aliases: string,
    collectionID: string,
    consistency_level: string,
    created_timestamp: string,
    created_utc_timestamp: string,
    db_name: string,
    num_partitions: string,
    physical_channel_names: string,
    schema: object,
    shards_num: int,
    start_positions: string,
    status: object,
    virtual_channel_names: string  


  • aliases (string)-

    A list of the aliases of the collection.

  • collectionID (string)-

    The ID of the collection.

  • consistency_level (string)-

    The consistency level of the collection.

  • created_timestamp (string)-

    The timestamp indicating the creation time of the collection.

  • created_utc_timestamp (string)-

    The timestamp in UTC indicating the creation time of the collection.

  • db_name (string)-

    The name of the cluster to which the collection belongs.

  • num_partitions (string)-

    The number of partitions in the collection.

  • physical_channel_names (string)-

    A list of the names of the physical channels in this collection.

  • schema (object)-

    The CollectionSchema object.

    • autoID (boolean) -

      Whether the primary field automatically increments along with data insertions.

    • description (string) -

      Collection description.

    • enable_dynamic_field (boolean) -

      Whether the reserved JSON field $meta is used to store non-schema-defined fields in key-value pairs.

    • fields (FieldSchema[]) -

      A list of schema-defined fields.

    • name (string) -

      The name of CollectionSchema object.

  • shards_num (string)-

    The number of shards in the collection.

  • virtual_channel_names (string)-

A list of the names of the virtual channels in this collection.

  • status (object)-

    • 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.

  • shards_num (string)-

    The number of shards in the collection.


const milvusClient = new milvusClient(MILUVS_ADDRESS);
 const res = await milvusClient.describeCollection({ collection_name: 'my_collection' });