Sql – How to check if a stored procedure exists before creating it

sqlsql-serverstored-procedurestsql

I have a SQL script that has to be run every time a client executes the "database management" functionality. The script includes creating stored procedures on the client database. Some of these clients might already have the stored procedure upon running the script, and some may not. I need to have the missing stored procedures added to the client database, but it doesn't matter how much I try to bend T-SQL syntax, I get

CREATE/ALTER PROCEDURE' must be the first statement in a query batch

I've read that dropping before creating works, but I don't like doing it that way.

IF EXISTS (SELECT * FROM sys.objects WHERE type = 'P' AND name = 'MyProc')
DROP PROCEDURE MyProc
GO

CREATE PROCEDURE MyProc
...

How can I add check for the existence of a stored procedure and create it if it doesn't exist but alter it if it does exist?

Best Solution

I realize this has already been marked as answered, but we used to do it like this:

IF NOT EXISTS (SELECT * FROM sys.objects WHERE type = 'P' AND OBJECT_ID = OBJECT_ID('dbo.MyProc'))
   exec('CREATE PROCEDURE [dbo].[MyProc] AS BEGIN SET NOCOUNT ON; END')
GO

ALTER PROCEDURE [dbo].[MyProc] 
AS
  ....

Just to avoid dropping the procedure.