SQL SERVER – Import CSV File Into SQL Server Using Bulk Insert – Load Comma Delimited File Into SQL Server

This is a very common request recently – How to import CSV file into SQL Server? How to load CSV file into SQL Server Database Table? How to load comma delimited file into SQL Server? Let us see the solution in quick steps.

CSV stands for Comma Separated Values, sometimes also called Comma Delimited Values.

Create TestTable

USE TestData
GO
CREATE TABLE CSVTest
(ID INT,
FirstName VARCHAR(40),
LastName VARCHAR(40),
BirthDate SMALLDATETIME)
GO

Create CSV file in drive C: with name sweetest. text with the following content. The location of the file is C:\csvtest.txt

1,James,Smith,19750101

2,Meggie,Smith,19790122

3,Robert,Smith,20071101

4,Alex,Smith,20040202

Now run following script to load all the data from CSV to database table. If there is any error in any row it will be not inserted but other rows will be inserted.

BULK
INSERT
CSVTest
FROM 'c:\csvtest.txt'
WITH
(
FIELDTERMINATOR = ',',
ROWTERMINATOR = '\n'
)
GO
--Check the content of the table.
SELECT *
FROM CSVTest
GO
--Drop the table to clean up database.
DROP TABLE CSVTest
GO

Reference : Pinal Dave (http://blog.SQLAuthority.com)

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758 thoughts on “SQL SERVER – Import CSV File Into SQL Server Using Bulk Insert – Load Comma Delimited File Into SQL Server

      • Dear Sir, All

        I want to insert multiple text files in to SQL server from a single folder (D:\ICEGATE\NewFolder\) WITH (ROWTERMINATOR = ”), my dbo is ALL_VALUE & my table is ALL_VAL

        • I also have a similar concern. Daily files are dropped into an FTP location. Each are in a CSV format and have a file name that is incrementally set based on the date and other constraints. Each file has exactly the same column headings for the row data that follows. So, to automate this so that the 15 or 20daily files, each with a unique name that are received each day can be done in one operation to update to the SQL Server table rather than one at a time is a huge time saver. Any thoughts or solutions are greatly appreciated!

    • Can anybody help me
      Export excel sheet to SQL Database(Remote Server)

      insert INTO tbL_excel
      SELECT *
      FROM OPENROWSET(‘Microsoft.Jet.OLEDB.4.0′,
      ‘Excel 8.0;Database=\\pc31\C\Testexcel.xls’,
      ‘SELECT * FROM [Sheet1$]‘)

      • Dear Rajesh,

        insert INTO tbL_excel
        SELECT *
        FROM OPENROWSET(‘Microsoft.Jet.OLEDB.4.0′,
        ‘Excel 8.0;Database=\\pc31\C\Testexcel.xls’,
        ‘SELECT * FROM [Sheet1$]‘)

        The above query posted by you is having a small mistake and the query follows:

        SELECT * INTO TBL_EXCEL
        OPENROWSET(‘MSDASQL’, ‘DRIVER ={Microsoft Excel Driver (*.xls)}’, ‘DBQ = PATH_NAME’,
        ‘SELECT * FROM [Sheet1$]‘)

        • Hi Vishnu,
          Thanks for Updated Query.
          But it has small mistake in there and gives error message ‘Invalid syntax near OPENROWSET’
          so I’h use both of above combination of query is as follow:

          SELECT * INTO TBL_EXCEL
          FROM OPENROWSET(‘Microsoft.Jet.OLEDB.4.0′,
          ‘Excel 8.0;Database=C:\Source\Addresses.xls’,
          ‘SELECT * FROM [Sheet1$]‘)

          and it work perfectly
          Thanks and Regards

        • Server: Msg 7399, Level 16, State 1, Line 1
          OLE DB provider ‘Microsoft.Jet.OLEDB.4.0′ reported an error. The provider did not give any information about the error.
          OLE DB error trace [OLE/DB Provider 'Microsoft.Jet.OLEDB.4.0' IDBInitialize::Initialize returned 0x80004005: The provider did not give any information about the error.].

        • INSERT INTO dbo.ImportTest
          SELECT * FROM OPENDATASOURCE(‘Microsoft.Jet.OLEDB.4.0′,
          ‘Data Source=C:\ImportData.xls;Extended Properties=Excel 8.0′)…[Sheet1$

    • Server: Msg 4860, Level 16, State 1, Line 1
      Could not bulk insert. File ‘c:\DAM.txt’ does not exist.

      (0 row(s) affected)

      I am getting this error. I have tried the same query as given by Pinal. So, pls. guide me.

    • I have the following error when testing this: cannot bulk load becuase the file CL\Users\Public\Downloads\CSVTest.Txt could not be opened. Operating system error code 3 (the system cannot file the path specified)

      Anyone run into this?

  1. How about csv files that have double quotes? Seems like a formatfile will be needed when using BULK INSERT. Would like to see if you have another approach.

  2. Hi all,

    I am getting following error in the bulk insert of the .csv file.

    The bulk load failed. The column is too long in the data file for row 1, column 25. Verify that the field terminator and row terminator are specified correctly.

    Please help me.

    Dnyanesh

  3. What would be the process to import a CSV file into existing MS SQL database tables? I have a CSV file that contains data which is comma delimited that I need to import into a SQL production database which is being used by another application. The CSV file contains a list of defects that basically needs to be imported into the Defects table in our SQL database.

    Thanks for all of your help in advanced.. This is a really good website to obtain SQL information.

    • You have to create a view then bulk insert into the view. You can leave the auto int field out and then it would insert into each one. Or you can just create the fields you plan on inserting. For example.

      USE [DatabaseName]
      — See if the View exists within the Database
      IF EXISTS ( SELECT name
      FROM sys.views
      WHERE name = ‘YourViewName’
      ) DROP VIEW YourViewName
      GO

      CREATE VIEW YourViewName
      AS
      SELECT Field1, Field2, Field3
      FROM PriorTableThatExists
      GO

      BULK INSERT YourViewName
      FROM ‘C:\YourFilePath’
      WITH ( FIELDTERMINATOR = ‘,’,
      ROWTERMINATOR = ‘\n’
      )
      GO

  4. I had some problems with bulk inserts too. The data set to insert was somewhat large, around a few hundred megabytes, resulted in some two million rows. Not all data was required, so massaging was needed.

    So I wrote a smallish C#/.NET program that reads the input file in chunks of 25,000 rows, picked appropriate rows with regular expression matching and sent results to DB.

    String manipulation is so much more easy in about any general-purpose programming language.

    Key components: DataTable for data-to-be-inserted and SqlBulkCopy to do the actual copying.

    @Dnyanesh: Your input data is likely to not have correct column/row separator characters.

    I’d guess you have a line-break as row separator. If that is the case, the problem is, in Windows CR LF (0x0a 0x0d) is often used, in other systems only CR or LF are used. Check your separator characters. Use a hex editor to be sure.

    @Branden: Just use sed to change quote characters :-)

    @Dragan: Use Import/Export wizard or write a program to do inserting like I did.

  5. A CSV file can contain commas in a field ‘,’ as well as be used as the delimiter. How does this Bulk import handle these circumstances? Does it handle all the CSV standards?

    @vonPryz: See Example Below (don’t just replace quotes)

    Example CSV lines with format (Name,Address):

    Scott,123 Main St
    Mike,”456 2nd St, Apt 5″

    More on CSV files can be found here

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Comma-separated_values

    • Hi Scott – did you get an answer to this question? I have a similar situation where some of the data has ” ” around it while other data does not.

      • You can change your delimiter in to a “pipe” | . Then change your SQL to use “|” as your FIELDTERMINATOR.

        1.
        In Notepad, I did a “find and replace all” for “,” (double quote, comma, double quote) to be replaced with pipe. Then did a “find and replace all” for ” (double quote) to be replaced with nothing.

        2.
        Update your SQL to read:
        BULK
        INSERT CSVTest
        FROM ‘c:\csvtest.txt’
        WITH
        (
        FIELDTERMINATOR = ‘|’,
        ROWTERMINATOR = ‘\n’
        )
        GO

        • Another thing:

          When replacing the delimiters in your text file:
          1. Start out with a “find and replace all” for “,” (double quote, comma, double quote) to be replaced with pipe.
          2. Then remove all the beginning and ending ” (double quote) with a “find and replace all” for ” (double quote) to be replaced with nothing.
          3. Then to make sure you have accounted for empty columns in the text file:
          i. do a “find and replace all” for ,,, (comma comma comma) to be replaced
          by ||| (pipe pipe pipe)
          ii. next do a “find and replace all” for ,, (comma comma) to be replaced
          by || (pipe pipe)

          Don’t ever try to do a “find and replace all” for a single comma – or else you may be updating comma characters within columns.

          You should be able to simply use Excel to replace the delimiters and remove double quotes, then re-save file. But this the my old school methodology I’ve been doing for years.

          • ANOTHER PROBLEM: HELP

            Hey everyone… can anyone help me with this… i had read a txt file with the bulk sintax but after that i find another problem, in my txt file it has the same header and detail in it so my problem now is how i can to put the header in a table1 and the detail in a table2, another thing i create just a field1 for put all my rows(header and detail), but they have FIELDTERMINATOR = ‘|’, but the header it has seven fields and the detail it has eleven fields so thats another problem because i cannot create just one table with the exact fields to put my detail and header… this an example of a txt file:

            HR|001580/06|RG|11/01/2013 12:00|BG|3573|001580
            IT|001580/01|1|00147066||1200|852.3|830.3|1.35|UNIDAD|0|31/12/2014 00:00
            IT|001580/02|1|00147066||200|852.3|830.3|1.35|UNIDAD|1|31/12/2014 00:00
            IT|001580/03|1|00147066||100|852.3|830.3|1.35|UNIDAD|55|31/12/2014 00:00
            IT|001580/04|2|00254276||200|852.3|830.3|1.35|UNIDAD|0|31/12/2014 00:00
            IT|001580/05|3|00305359||1700|852.3|830.3|1.35|UNIDAD|0|31/12/2014 00:00
            IT|001580/06|3|00305359||300|852.3|830.3|1.35|UNIDAD|1|31/12/2014 00:00

            and this is the query i have…

            CREATE TABLE #temp
            (
            campo1 VARCHAR(max)–,
            –campo2 VARCHAR(max),
            –campo3 VARCHAR(max),
            –campo4 VARCHAR(max),
            –campo5 VARCHAR(max),
            –campo6 VARCHAR(max),
            –campo7 VARCHAR(max)
            )
            BULK INSERT #temp
            FROM ”
            WITH
            (
            FIELDTERMINATOR = ‘|’,
            ROWTERMINATOR = ‘\n’
            )

            This firs query it is for the header
            SELECT *
            FROM #temp
            WHERE SUBSTRING(campo1,1,2) = ‘HR’

            This firs query it is for the detail
            SELECT *
            FROM #temp
            WHERE SUBSTRING(campo1,1,2) = ‘IT’

            so then come my problem how i can Separate the fields for the header and the detail.

  6. Thanks for all in this forum,

    I have used BULK INSERT command load CSV file into existing SQL server table. It is executing sucessfully withougt giving any error but only concern is it is inserting every alternative records.
    BULK INSERT EDFE_Trg.dbo.[tblCCodeMast]
    FROM ‘c:\temp\Catalogue.txt’
    WITH
    (
    FIELDTERMINATOR = ‘,’,
    ROWTERMINATOR = ‘\n’
    )
    GO
    this is my code. Please help me on this.
    With advance thanks…
    kumar

  7. Hi,

    I need to import a significant number of Latitude and Longitude data into one of my SQL tables… (running SQL2005)

    Tried the above, but got you do not have permission to use Bulk Load statement.

    Logged in as administrator… any thoughts?

    Martin

  8. ok…solced that issue…logged in using Windows Authentication, and gave my SQL admin the rights for BULKINSERT

    SQL code now runs with no errors… and if I do a select * from the table, it shows the field headings, but no data … 0 rows affected

    Any thoughts? This one has me stumped… no error message leaves me nowhere to look

    Cheers

  9. Hi Pinal

    Please help me
    Iam using sql server 2005,..I want to do a similar operation..

    I have my file in C:\Test.txt. Also I create the table in my DB.

    BULK INSERT CSVTest
    FROM ‘c:\Test.txt’
    WITH
    (
    FIELDTERMINATOR = ‘\t’,
    ROWTERMINATOR = ‘\n’
    )
    GO

    When I run this …am getting error saying…

    Cannot bulk load. The file “c:\Test.txt” does not exist.

    infact, I have the file given in the path.

    Thanks,

  10. @Siva
    SQL Sever 2005 must have access rights to the file (“c:\Test.txt”). Make sure the file is accessible for the database account

  11. Panel, Excellent Job, Congrats.
    Please help me for this….
    I have on line in .csv file as …
    863807129312681,G052360310001

    I want to do BulkInsert as….
    Column1: 86380 71293 12681
    Column2: ;
    Columns3: G052360310001

    please help me…..

  12. hai dave,
    i want to iterate the record from collection of records without using cursors. how can i achieve this

  13. Hi,

    What if my Table has 4 Columns and the CSV file has 3 Columns and I wanna the last column of the Table to be a variable?

  14. Hey there, thanks for the great article.

    I have one question, is it possible to read a CSV file line-by-line without using bulk import?

    It’s just more convenient in my situation so please let me know if its a possible option,

    Thank you

  15. Please help me for this….
    I have on line in .csv file as …
    863807129312681,G052360310001

    I want to do BulkInsert as….
    Column1: 86380 71293 12681
    Column2: ;
    Columns3: G052360310001

    please help me…..

  16. i want to get data from CSv file into sql database.suppose the CSV file changes that is updations will be done on CSV file for every 8 hrs or 4 hrs like that.Then i have to get the updations reflected in my sql datbase also. Then how it is possible ????

  17. you never answered scott’ question above. thoughts?

    his question:

    A CSV file can contain commas in a field ‘,’ as well as be used as the delimiter. How does this Bulk import handle these circumstances? Does it handle all the CSV standards?

    @vonPryz: See Example Below (don’t just replace quotes)

    Example CSV lines with format (Name,Address):

    Scott,123 Main St
    Mike,”456 2nd St, Apt 5″

  18. I am using SQL Express Edition to Run the code..
    But I am Getting the error
    Msg 102, Level 15, State 1, Line 3
    Incorrect syntax near ‘‘’.
    Msg 319, Level 15, State 1, Line 4
    Incorrect syntax near the keyword ‘with’. If this statement is a common table expression or an xmlnamespaces clause, the previous statement must be terminated with a semicolon.

    Please help me to resolve the error…

    Thanx in advance…

  19. to different scott

    I have fields with commas as well. Convert the csv (using Excel) to a tab-delimited text file and then use the ‘\t’ delimiter instead.

    to Abdul

    I have used Excel to break longer fixed-length columns into smaller columns. I believe this will help you. Open the file in Excel, add two columns after the first column. use the Data –> Text to Columns option. you can break the data into additional columns and then save the file back out to a csv.

    • i have one csv file in that file the data is like

      CATEGORY,10,10,10,10
      ERP Code,Creation date (DD/MM/YYYY),NoProgram,Contract number,Contract position
      920,4/8/2010,971156,12914,1
      LINES,10,10,10,10
      Date (DD/MM/YYYY),Quantity,Horizon,10,10
      16/09/2010,20,Frozen,10,10
      28/10/2010,20,Flexible,10,10
      23/12/2010,11,Flexible,10,10
      27/01/2011,13,Flexible,10,10
      24/02/2011,14,Flexible,10,10
      24/03/2011,19,Flexible,10,10
      28/04/2011,13,Flexible,10,10
      26/05/2011,13,Flexible,10,10
      23/06/2011,16,Flexible,10,10
      28/07/2011,23,Flexible,10,10
      1/8/2011,13,Forecast,10,10
      29/08/2011,7,Forecast,10,10
      24/10/2011,19,Forecast,10,10
      21/11/2011,14,Forecast,10,10
      19/12/2011,13,Forecast,10,10
      16/01/2012,18,Forecast,10,10
      13/02/2012,12,Forecast,10,10
      12/3/2012,12,Forecast,10,10
      9/4/2012,19,Forecast,10,10
      7/5/2012,16,Forecast,10,10
      4/6/2012,14,Forecast,10,10
      2/7/2012,17,Forecast,10,10
      30/07/2012,12,Forecast,10,10
      24/09/2012,8,Forecast,10,10
      like this give a solution to insert this one to one sql table
      i tryed by using bulk insert but it gettting updated with one column i neeed field by field
      plse help me

  20. I have over 1,200 separate csv files to import and have two issues where I could use some help.

    First, all of the files contain date fields but they are in the standard MM/DD/YYYY format. Is there a way to import them and then change them to an acceptable format for SQL Server?

    Next, each file name is unique and I have created a temporary table that has the directory and file name. Is it possible to nest a query something like this:

    BULK INSERT MyTable
    FROM (Select FileName from Files;)
    WITH
    (
    FIELDTERMINATOR = ‘,’,
    ROWTERMINATOR = ‘\n’
    )
    GO

  21. As an addendum, I discovered that some columns are in scientific notation so I need to change all numeric columns in the CSVs to be numeric with 6 decimal

  22. Did it. I used a combination of tools:

    1. Lots of brute force – over 20 hours formatting, saving and converting the data. There has to be a more elegant solution but I couldn’t find it.

    2. Excel 2007 because it can open a csv file that has over 200,000 rows. I loaded 25 files at a time into a worksheet (max of computer resources), reformatted the columns in bulk and used a nifty VBA script to write each worksheet out to a separate csv with the name of the worksheet.

    3. Found a great procedure that uses XP_CMDSHELL and the BCP utility in SQL 2005 that loads all files located in a specified directory. Loaded over 1,300 files in less than 30 minutes.

    Now daily maintenance is loading one file a day.

    D.

  23. im getting the foll err can u help
    ulk Insert fails. Column is too long in the data file for row 1, column 1. Make sure the field terminator and row terminator are specified correctly.

  24. Hi,
    Does BULK INSERTing into an existing table that has an index on it take longer than inserting into an existing table without an index?

    Cheers

  25. Hi Pinal,

    I was wondering how will i insert thousands of row from excel sheet.
    But I converted the file to csv (comma seperate file ) and then usiing your bulk import statement i created all of my rows into my Table.

    This was really wonderful

    Thanks,
    Keep it up

    Happy Coding!!!
    Puneet

  26. I’m doing exactly what is said above but when I try the
    BULK
    INSERT CSVTest
    FROM ‘c:\csvtest.txt’
    WITH
    (
    FIELDTERMINATOR = ‘,’,
    ROWTERMINATOR = ‘\n’
    )
    GO

    I’m recieving the following error??? I was wondering could someone help me with this or is it just some tiny error that I can’t see, help would be really appreciated!!

    Msg 102, Level 15, State 1, Line 3
    Incorrect syntax near ‘‘’.
    Msg 319, Level 15, State 1, Line 4
    Incorrect syntax near the keyword ‘with’. If this statement is a common table expression or an xmlnamespaces clause, the previous statement must be terminated with a semicolon.

  27. Hi,

    I was using BULK insert to import a csv file to a database table(following the original example by Pinaldave in the beginning of this email stream), but got errors. I have granted “Everyone” full control to this file.

    Thanks so much,

    Sheldon

    ============================================

    BULK INSERT dbo.CSVTest
    FROM ‘c:\csvtest.csv’
    WITH
    (
    FIELDTERMINATOR = ‘,’,
    ROWTERMINATOR = ‘\n’
    )
    GO

    Msg 4860, Level 16, State 1, Line 1
    Cannot bulk load. The file “c:\csvtest.csv” does not exist.

  28. i have a text file that is not comma or tab delimited. the data needs to be separated using fixed width counts. ie: characters 1-3 go into column1. characters 4-12 go into column 2 and so on. can this method be adapted to handle pos statements?

  29. Hi,
    I Just want to Thank’s for this Code realy help me a lot.

    and i want to how to inport a .csv file through imprt command.

  30. I ran code in sql 2000 worked fine. During cut and paste it has problem with ‘ ‘. I had to re-enter from my keyboard. Also like to suggest for those it doesn’t run, please name extension .csv in than .txt for sql 2000.

  31. Thanks it works!

    Also just wanted to point out that the query you said uses ” ` ” instead of ” ‘ ” shouldn’t you change it?

  32. Hi Pinal

    Please help me
    Iam using sql server 2000,..I want to do a similar operation..

    I have my file in C:\Test.txt. Also I create the table in my DB.

    BULK INSERT CSVTest
    FROM ‘c:\Test.txt’
    WITH
    (
    FIELDTERMINATOR = ‘\t’,
    ROWTERMINATOR = ‘\n’
    )
    GO

    When I run this …am getting error saying…

    Cannot bulk load. The file “c:\Test.txt” does not exist.

    infact, I have the file given in the path.

    Thanks,

  33. What is the Max size that SQL server can read and insert into database table? Please help me for this because i am inserting up to 4MB file into a table using .NET code, it is not inserting records in the table. Up to 3 MB files are inserting into the table.

    Thanks

  34. Hi,
    i have to upload data from a fixed width text file to sql server 2000.

    data in file is like rahulankilprogrammer

    we have two create a table of three column fname,lname and job, first 5 letters will go in first column , next 5 letters will go in second and than next 10 letters will go in third column .

    please help me to do this ,as it is not a CSV file.

    this file come to us on daily basis, daily we hav to upload it on sql server.

    pls pls help me out ASAP

    ThanX in advance

  35. Hello,
    I have a proplem with BULK in stored procedures.
    I want to do a BULK from a file (.CSV) wich name changes every day. So I have an attribute “@FileName” in order to change the name every single day.

    BULK INSERT dbo.TableName
    FROM @FileName
    WITH ( FIELDTERMINATOR=';’, ROWTERMINATOR=’\\n’)

    But it gives me an error telling that there’s a sintax error after FROM. I have tried with all kind of punctuation (‘,”,`,´,+)

    It would be gratefull if some one could answer to my question.

    Thanks in advance

    • declare @sql varchar(1000)
      set @sq=’BULK INSERT dbo.TableName
      FROM ”’+@FileName+”’
      WITH ( FIELDTERMINATOR=’';”, ROWTERMINATOR=’’\\n’’)’
      EXEC(@sql)

  36. Hi,
    I try that code. But my saved location is D drive.
    But i shows one error. That is Incorrect syntax near ‘ ‘ ‘.
    Give the solution.

    Thanks,
    Vijay Ananth

  37. Hello,

    I’m using bulk insert and everything works fine but I cannot get latin characters to import properly. For example, my flat data file contains Sertãozinho but the imported data displays Sert+úozinho. The “a” character changes to something with plus sign. I tried using nvarchar datatype but it did not help.

    Here is my code:

    DROP TABLE [DumpData]
    GO
    CREATE TABLE [dbo].[DumpData](
    [DataField1] [varchar](255) NULL
    ON [PRIMARY]

    –import data using bulk insert
    DECLARE @bulk_cmd varchar(1000)
    SET @bulk_cmd = ‘BULK INSERT [NalcoSAPDump]
    FROM ”c:\DataImport\import.dat”
    WITH (FIELDTERMINATOR = ”;”,ROWTERMINATOR = ”’+CHAR(10)+”’)’
    EXEC(@bulk_cmd)

    Thanks!!

  38. Hello,

    thanks for your answer, Vijay Ananth. :D

    Does anybody know something about incremental bulk? It’s just the “normal” bulk insert or there is another thing that I have to add to the bulk sentence?

    I want to do a BULK from a csv file. Firstly I do a Bulk of the whole file.

    But that csv file changes every time, and in order to have those new rows in my DB I would like to know if there is another way to bulk just the new rows. With that incremental bulk or something else.

    At the moment I’m doing it with bulk every second. So I don’t know if somebody that is writting the file can get an error while the bulk is working.

    Any suggestions will be wellcome.

    Thanks

  39. Pinal one more time you saved my life, althought it is the first time that I submit you a commend! Mate you are the best! I hope to reach your level one day!

    Panagiotis Lepeniotis
    MCDBA,
    MSc Database Professional Student!

    As for the dataMate who asked about the quotations, I will suggest to edit the csv file, at least thats what I did and worked!

    Cheers

  40. Hi Pinal,

    i want to batch upload from excel to sqlserver where i want to insert into multiple table as dependency is there between tables. How to do it? Is it possible to do in c#?
    Thank you in advance. I would be very thankful if I get answer quickly as I’m badly in need of it?

  41. Dave B
    Regarding your question:
    Does BULK INSERTing into an existing table that has an index on it take longer than inserting into an existing table without an index?
    The answer is no. We tried it out on a large Table (10 mil rows) into which we are loading even more rows. WITHOUT the index, the application timed out. With the index, it loaded in fine time.

  42. BULK INSERT CSVTest
    FROM ‘c:\CSVTest.txt’
    WITH
    (
    FIELDTERMINATOR = ‘,’,
    ROWTERMINATOR = ‘\n’
    )
    GO

    I got the following error
    Msg 102, Level 15, State 1, Line 2
    Incorrect syntax near ‘‘’.
    Msg 319, Level 15, State 1, Line 3
    Incorrect syntax near the keyword ‘with’. If this statement is a common table expression or an xmlnamespaces clause, the previous statement must be terminated with a semicolon.

    Can you please let me know what needs to be done in this case?

  43. Can we do conversions while doing Bulk inserts? (like string to decimal conversions, string to date, string to time etc..,)
    Any suggestions is highly appreciated! :)

  44. I also get the error: Msg 4860, Level 16, State 1, Line 1
    Cannot bulk load. The file “c:\csvtest.txt” does not exist.

    How do I grant SQL access to the file?
    I am running on SQL2005 on an instant I created for myself.

    I tried to change the file to have access approved for ‘everyone’, but still this didn’t make any difference. I still get the file doesn’t exist error.

    Thank you,
    Anke

  45. I have the same problem as Kumar. Runs without errors but only every second (alternative) record gets inserted. I have tried different rowterminators, but the problem remains.

    bulk insert Gen_ExcelImports from ‘C:\Software\invoices\April2008\csvfile.txt’
    with ( FIELDTERMINATOR = ‘,’,FIRSTROW=2,ROWTERMINATOR = ‘\n’)

    Any help would be greatly apprciated. Thanks in advance!

  46. I have imported a flat (csv) into SQL Server 2005 using the wizard. I have field called Product Code which has 3 numbers e.g. 003. I imported it as text (default). When I open the ipmorted table, i have a plus sign next to the Product Codes e.g. +003. Why is it there and how do i get rid of that plus sign? I just want it to show 003.

    It is particularly annoying and I want to concatenate the Product Codes with other codes to create an ID.

    Please Help

  47. Hola your example i good

    How conncted remote computer for read file in this remote computer.

    for example
    BULK
    INSERT dbo.tblPsoArchivosCalificacion

    FROM ‘\\10.63.200.28\Paso\LibroDatos.csv’

    WITH
    (
    FIELDTERMINATOR = ‘,’,
    ROWTERMINATOR = ‘\n’
    )

    the question is?

    i need net use userid and password to access remote computer.

    sorry but my english is bad.

  48. Hi All,

    Appreciate help on below

    I want to do conditioal sum in an SQL table as follows

    Column1 column2 column3 column 4 column5
    a b zzz jjj 4
    b a yyy rrr 7
    a a fff hhh 3
    a b ccc kkk 2
    b a kkk ttt 7
    b a ggg lll 4
    a b yyy kkk 3

    what i want to do is,

    For values of column1 = ‘a’ then add(sum) column 5 by grouping by column3. for values of column2 = ‘b’ then add (sum) co lumn5 by grouping by column4.

    please help!

  49. When I run this particular stored proc all of my data comes out in the table with double quotes around it. How would I get rid of these double quotes?

    Thanks

  50. Hi

    Can you tell me if it is possible to execute tis code with sqlcmd in VB.NET.

    I am using express editions of VS 2008 and SQL server 2005

  51. I get the error: Msg 4860, Level 16, State 1, Line 1
    Cannot bulk load. The file “c:\csvtest.txt” does not exist.

    OR

    Cannot bulk load. The file “c:\csvtest.csv” does not exist.

  52. I’m using the bulk insert statement

    BULK INSERT Received
    FROM ‘\\Admfs1\users\CPurnell\Responses\C0009348.iff’
    WITH
    (
    FIELDTERMINATOR =’|’,
    ROWTERMINATOR =’ {CR}{LF}\n’
    )

    This works great for one file. But what I really need to do is bulk insert all .iff files from the Responses folder.

    Any suggestions?

  53. Hi

    I tried to insert the data in the table using INSERT Bulk Query.

    I used the Query like this:

    BULK INSERT insertdatdata FROM ‘D:\mani_new\standard.Dat’
    WITH (
    DATAFILETYPE = ‘char’,
    FIELDTERMINATOR = ‘ ‘,
    ROWTERMINATOR = ‘\n’
    )
    GO

    The file is there in correct path.
    But i got the following error.

    Cannot bulk load because the file “D:\mani_new\standard.Dat” could not be opened. Operating system error code 3(The system cannot find the path specified.).

    please give me some solution.

    Its urgent.

    Thanks,
    Sathya.

  54. I got the error:

    Msg 4860, Level 16, State 1, Line 1
    Cannot bulk load. The file “D:\test.txt” does not exist.

    Plz give the solution.

    Thanks
    Sathya.

  55. hi,
    sathya

    i think u r using sql server client verson. on ur pc
    so u have to put the text file on ur data base server’s
    “D:\mani_new\standard.Dat” paths.

    just do it …………

  56. hi pinale,

    While working on it i m getting the error file doesnt exist can u suggest me any thing to be done

    Thanks

  57. Hi,

    Thank you for sharing your code, it really works well ;-)

    I tried to open a text file in web but it did not work. Do you have any idea to work it around?

    BULK
    INSERT bod.temp
    FROM ‘http://www.test.com/test.txt’
    WITH
    (
    FIELDTERMINATOR = ‘|’,
    ROWTERMINATOR = ‘\n’
    )
    GO

    Thanks!

  58. hi,

    can u tell how to load the particular field from dastination file into database…
    i am using simple notepad files which is contain 46 columns…

    so i want to read the input file and insert only three columns (column 1, column 15,column 46) into the tables…

    is there any commands existing for doing this type of file handling…

    i m using sqlserver 7

    plz help me…

  59. I have to import a csv file into an existing table that has different column names from the originating one. How do I match differently named fields ?

    Thank you

      • Hi Madhivanan,

        Could you please mail me the query how to extract column headers using BCP command and also column names changes every time .
        Thanks in advance :
        waiting for your reply (as soon as possible)

  60. hi, i want to upload a cvs file frm asp.dot page and the file should automatically extract into sql database table. the table is created, plz help out…

  61. I just wanted to say that this solution is so quick and easy. I found a ton of other way too complicated examples. This just cuts right to the quick and gets the job done.

    Thanks for this excellent code snippet!

    Mike

  62. Hi Pinal,

    I am attempting to use the bcp utility (via command prompt) in order to create a comma-separated text file named Inside Sales Coordinator. Here is the new table created in the Northwind database:
    CREATE TABLE [dbo].[NewEmployees](
    [EmployeeID] [int] NOT NULL CONSTRAINT [PK_NewEmployees] PRIMARY KEY,
    [LastName] [nvarchar](20) NOT NULL,
    [FirstName] [nvarchar](10) NOT NULL,
    [Title] [nvarchar](30) NULL,
    [TitleOfCourtesy] [nvarchar](25) NULL,
    [BirthDate] [datetime] NULL,
    [HireDate] [datetime] NULL,
    [Address] [nvarchar](60) NULL,
    [City] [nvarchar](15) NULL,
    [Region] [nvarchar](15) NULL,
    [PostalCode] [nvarchar](10) NULL,
    [Country] [nvarchar](15) NULL,
    [HomePhone] [nvarchar](24) NULL,
    [Extension] [nvarchar](4) NULL,
    [Notes] [ntext] NULL,
    [ReportsTo] [int] NULL,
    [PhotoPath] [nvarchar](255) NULL
    ) The new comma-separated text file should contains the following columns from the NewEmployees table: EmployeeID, LastName, FirstName, HireDate (date part only; no time), and Extension. Only those employees with a Title of “Inside Sales Coordinator” should be returned.
    Here is what I came up with so far:
    bcp “select EmployeeID, LastName, FirstName, HireDate, Extension from Northwind.dbo.NewEmployees” out C:\InsideSalesCoordinators.csv –c –t , –T -S SDGLTQATEAM\SQLExpress can you give me a little insight on how to populate the .csv file. Thanks

  63. This Procedure can help in ASP.NET

    CREATE PROCEDURE ImportFile
    @File VARCHAR(100)
    AS

    EXECUTE (‘BULK INSERT TableName FROM ”’ + @File + ”’
    WITH
    (
    FIELDTERMINATOR = ”;”
    , ROWTERMINATOR = ”\n”
    , CODEPAGE = ”RAW”
    )’ )

    /*
    EXEC dbo.ImportFile ‘c:\csv\text.csv’
    */

    C# Code

    SqlConnection cnn = new SqlConnection(
    string.Format(@”Data Source=.\SQLEXPRESS;Initial Catalog=DB_Name;Persist Security Info=True;User ID=;Password=” ));

    SqlCommand cmd = new SqlCommand(“ImportFile”, cnn);
    cmd.CommandType = CommandType.StoredProcedure;
    cmd.Parameters.Add(“@File”, SqlDbType.VarChar).Value = txtFile.text;
    cnn.Open();
    cmd.ExecuteNonQuery();
    cnn.Close();

  64. Hi,

    Most of the time, I search this site for answers of my SQL questions. And here I have one more….

    I am using SQL Server 2005 Enterprise Edition on Windows Server 2003.

    I wanted to load Double quote enclosed, comma delimited text file into SQL Server 2005. There was no header record in the file.
    I used “SQL Server Import Export Wizard” to perform this task. I chose Data Source = Flat File Source, selected .csv file using Browse button, specified Text qualifier as double quote (“). There are total 17 fields in the upload file and under Advanced section they were named from “Column 0″ to “Column 16″. The default length of each column was 50. I specified length of the “Column 5″ as 200 because I know the length data in that column was more than 50. I have checked rest of the columns and made sure that length 50 was enough for other fields.
    I clicked on Finish to start uploading and I got following error:

    ————————————-
    Error 0xc02020c5: Data Flow Task: Data conversion failed while converting column “Column 4″ (26) to column “Column 4″ (136). The conversion returned status value 2 and status text “The value could not be converted because of a potential loss of data.”.
    (SQL Server Import and Export Wizard)

    Error 0xc0209029: Data Flow Task: SSIS Error Code DTS_E_INDUCEDTRANSFORMFAILUREONERROR. The “output column “Column 4″ (136)” failed because error code 0xC020907F occurred, and the error row disposition on “output column “Column 4″ (136)” specifies failure on error. An error occurred on the specified object of the specified component. There may be error messages posted before this with more information about the failure.
    (SQL Server Import and Export Wizard)

    Error 0xc0047022: Data Flow Task: SSIS Error Code DTS_E_PROCESSINPUTFAILED. The ProcessInput method on component “Data Conversion 1″ (112) failed with error code 0xC0209029. The identified component returned an error from the ProcessInput method. The error is specific to the component, but the error is fatal and will cause the Data Flow task to stop running. There may be error messages posted before this with more information about the failure.
    (SQL Server Import and Export Wizard)

    Error 0xc0047021: Data Flow Task: SSIS Error Code DTS_E_THREADFAILED. Thread “WorkThread0″ has exited with error code 0xC0209029. There may be error messages posted before this with more information on why the thread has exited.
    (SQL Server Import and Export Wizard)

    Error 0xc02020c4: Data Flow Task: The attempt to add a row to the Data Flow task buffer failed with error code 0xC0047020.
    (SQL Server Import and Export Wizard)

    Error 0xc0047038: Data Flow Task: SSIS Error Code DTS_E_PRIMEOUTPUTFAILED. The PrimeOutput method on component “Source – Giftlink_2008_csv” (1) returned error code 0xC02020C4. The component returned a failure code when the pipeline engine called PrimeOutput(). The meaning of the failure code is defined by the component, but the error is fatal and the pipeline stopped executing. There may be error messages posted before this with more information about the failure.
    (SQL Server Import and Export Wizard)

    Error 0xc0047021: Data Flow Task: SSIS Error Code DTS_E_THREADFAILED. Thread “SourceThread0″ has exited with error code 0xC0047038. There may be error messages posted before this with more information on why the thread has exited.
    (SQL Server Import and Export Wizard)
    ————————————-

    I have checked “Column 4″ length and it was 50 which was much enough for data in that column.

    Is anyone has any idea on this?

    Any help would be appreciated.

    Thank you in advance.

  65. Hi there

    I’m facing an issue in Bulk insertion. Whenever i query the command –
    BULK INSERT vijay FROM ‘c:\vijay.csv’ WITH (FIELDTERMINATOR = ‘,’, ROWTERMINATOR = ‘\n’);

    sql throwing an error “ORA-00900: invalid SQL statement”.

    Could anyone help me out in this issue?

    Thanks in advance.

  66. i am facing an issue that is i have text file like below format

    AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA BBBBBBBBBBBBB CCCCCCCCCCCC
    DDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDD EEEEEEEEEEE

    AAA BBB CCC DDD EEE FFF
    121 john Albert 1-1-08 ok No
    121 john Albert 1-1-08 ok No
    121 john Albert 1-1-08 ok No

    in this format AAA,BBB,CCC…FFF this are heads of column Now
    i want to insert this text data of each head in Sqlserver database table in separate column mens AAA head data sould be save in AAA column in SqlServer Databse

  67. hi..my text file is quite complicated, the field terminator only can use by ‘length’ to seperate…please refer the text file i copy paste as example

    VENDORID INVNO INVDATE PONO PODATE
    S0016 TB080767924/07/08BD-01/07/08

    the fieldterminator surely cannot use by space bar…can i use the length to seperate the field? if yes…please guide how to…

    thanks and regards

  68. Pinal, nice and simple code, but I cannot solve the problem

    ——————————————————————————

    Meldung 4860, Ebene 16, Status 1, Zeile 2
    Massenladen ist nicht möglich. Die Datei “c:\csvtest.txt” ist nicht vorhanden.

    (0 Zeile(n) betroffen)

    FILE DOES NOT EXIST

    ——————————————————————————

    There are many users with the same issue, can you advice what I need to do

    many thanks

  69. Hi,

    How to import from CSV to new table? I tried with OPENROWSET . but it shows error if there are any special characters in the file name(say for example ‘-‘).

  70. I was getting the same problem as other here with the error reading

    The file “c:\Test.txt” does not exist.

    Looks like the the SQL commands will only work when the file itself is on the actual SQL server box. I was getting this error using SQL Admin on another box and as soon as I moved the file to the server itself, I could run the command from any machine but would still reference the file on the actual SQL box. Enjoy!

    • protected void Button1_Click(object sender, EventArgs e)
      {

      // import data from txtfile to sql server

      SqlConnection con = new SqlConnection(“Data Source=DEVELOPMENT\\SQLEXPRESS;Initial Catalog=my data;Integrated Security=True”);
      string filepath = “C:\\Documents and Settings\\Developer\\Desktop\\txtFilesFolder\\data1.txt”;
      StreamReader sr = new StreamReader(filepath);
      string line = sr.ReadLine();
      string[] value = line.Split(‘,’);
      DataTable dt = new DataTable();
      DataRow row;

      foreach (string dc in value)
      {
      dt.Columns.Add(new DataColumn(dc));
      }

      while (!sr.EndOfStream)
      {
      value = sr.ReadLine().Split(‘,’);

      if (value.Length == dt.Columns.Count)
      {
      row = dt.NewRow();
      row.ItemArray = value;
      dt.Rows.Add(row);

      con.Open();

      cmd = new SqlCommand(“insert into dbo.text_data1 (ID,Name,Gender,Age ) values (” + row.ItemArray[0] + “,'” + row.ItemArray[1] + “‘,'” + row.ItemArray[2] + “‘,” + row.ItemArray[3] + “)”, con);

      cmd.ExecuteNonQuery();
      con.Close();
      }
      }

  71. I’m trying to do an import from a text file using the BULK INSERT. The text file is separated by fixed width (no delimiters).

    Can anybody give me an example query for this?

  72. I found how to do this by inserting all the data into one column and then using the substring function to split the columns. It worked…

  73. hi pinal
    i have got the same problem as charles. my text file has no spcific delimiter. the columns can be only separated in terms of length.how can such text filebe loaded?

    thanks

  74. I’m wanting to upload a csv file into phpmyadmin, but you last me after you said, “February 6, 2008″!

    Can you give me any help on a 5th grade level?

    Ron

  75. Firstly, thanks for this article, it is great to see the whole code posted rather than individual bits all around.

    Please could you assist me with this scenario:
    I have 6 columns created in the CSVTemp table, the last two columns could have null values so I have specified this using LastName VARCHAR(40)NULL

    When I execute the query, the next record is placed in the first of the NULL columns instead of the next line e.g.:
    File contains information: 1,2,3,4,5
    20,30,40,50,60,70

    CSVTemp table Col1 Col2 Col3 Col4 Col5 Col6
    1 2 3 4 5 20

    I am using your example the ROWTERMINATOR = ‘\n’ but yet sql still reflects this record as above. How to I inform SQL to insert that 20 into the column 1, rather than continuing?

  76. Okay here is my dilemma…

    I have multiple csv with data in each file. They are connected via foreign keys (with each table having its on primary key). I want to load these tables into an Oracle database using SQL. If i know the order in which the tables should be loaded how do i go about loading the tables into the Oracle db.

    E.g.

    // CSV 1
    Fields = ID_NUMBER | Name | Date
    Data = 12345 (PK)| Hafiz | 12-12-2008 |

    // CSV2
    Field = ID_PRODUCT_ NUMBER | ID_NUMBER | Colour | Type
    Data = 54321 (PK) | 12345 (FK) | Black| Car |

    The Oracle DB has the tables setup with the same field name. I want to load CSV 1 first into Oracle Table 1 and then CSV 2 into Oracle Table 2 (must be in this order or will run into referential integrity issues.

    The next step is to make this applicable to csv files with 100 lines of data each (probably using some sort of iterative process). Can you help??????????

    • IF OBJECT_ID(‘tempdb..#temp1′)IS NOT NULL
      BEGIN
      DROP TABLE #temp1
      END

      CREATE TABLE #temp1
      (
      Output VARCHAR(MAX)
      )

      SELECT * FROM #temp1
      INSERT INTO #temp1(Output)

      EXEC master..xp_cmdShell ‘type C:\1.csv’

      DECLARE @NoOfColumns INT,
      @SQL NVARCHAR(MAX),
      @IntCount INT

      SELECT
      TOP 1
      @NoOfColumns =
      LEN(OUTPUT)-LEN(REPLACE(OUTPUT,’,’,”))+1,
      @IntCount = 1

      FROM
      #temp1

      IF OBJECT_ID(‘temp’)IS NOT NULL BEGIN DROP TABLE temp END ;

      SELECT
      @SQL =
      N’ create table temp ( ‘

      WHILE(@IntCount <= @NoOFColumns)
      BEGIN

      SELECT @SQL =
      @SQL +
      N' F'+CAST(@IntCount AS VARCHAR(5)) + N' VARCHAR(500) ,'

      SELECT @IntCount = @IntCount + 1

      END
      SELECT
      @SQL = LEFT(@SQL,LEN(@SQL)-1)+N' ) '

      EXECUTE (@SQL)

      BULK INSERT temp FROM 'c:\1.csv' WITH ( FIELDTERMINATOR = ',',ROWTERMINATOR = '\n')

      SELECT * FROM temp

  77. @MD
    The data you imported is stored and sorted based on the collation setting you choose when sql server was installed or when the database was created.

    Read more about collation settings, then you will be able to troubleshoot the problem.

  78. @MB
    The data you imported is stored and sorted based on the collation setting you choose when sql server was installed or when the database was created.

    Read more about collation settings, then you will be able to troubleshoot the problem.

  79. Hi,

    This article was very helpful to me. However I do have one question, how would you modify this script if you have a text file that doesn’t have set number of columns. E.g.:

    row1: col1,col2,col3
    row2: col1,col2
    row3: col1,col2,col3,col4
    row4: col1,col2,col,3,col4,col5

    I tried to load this file using the above script, i was able to load the data but the data couldn’t be loaded correctly.

    Help please.

    Thanks

  80. Hi ,
    those who are facing problem that the text file does not exists
    copy ur file to server where ur sql server exists
    nice article

  81. Hi,
    Great forum! I am encountering an issue that I have always been able to overcome, but this time it has me stuck. I have a .txt file that is comma delimited. There are some data issues in the file. Normally, I would import all records into one column, then parse from there. I am using {LF} as both the column delimiter and record delimiter, so that all data will go into my table that has 1 large (nvarchar (4000)) field. When the import hits line 62007, I get an error message “Column Delimiter Not Found.” I can look at the text file in jujuEdit and see the {LF} at the end of each column.

    Has anyone encountered anything like this before?

    Thanks!

  82. The command is run from the sql server, you can put the file anywhere on the network and you should no longer get the error that the file does not exist.

  83. Hi Melissa

    I tried to insert text which has double quotes in that text, its executed successfully with out any error.

    my text file data is like this

    12 I need “my” car brakes to be changed
    14 ertetr etert ert etert
    15 i need a land line phone in my home

    if its not the case can you describe problem details.

  84. Hi all!

    my problem is that during bulk insertion, it is showing that
    “You do not have permission to use the bulk load statement.”
    so can anyone tell me how to give permission for bulk insertion.

  85. now i do it from server side. i want to do t from frontant. i use VB.NET 2005 and SQL SERVER 2005.From a form i want to do the work when i click on butto. now where i write the code.

  86. Hi All,

    I want to read the the csv file and insert into table using sql server 2005. I have code below. This will do that insert using OPENROWSET function. My pblm is when i give th .csv file with out header it throws an exception like ‘Duplicate column names are not allowed in result sets obtained through OPENQUERY and OPENROWSET. The column name “NoName” is a duplicate.’ can anyone solve this pblm

    Dim strSQL As String
    strSQL = “Select * ” & _
    ” INTO ” & DATABASE & “.dbo.[List_staging] ” & _
    “FROM OPENROWSET(‘MSDASQL’,’Driver={Microsoft Text Driver (*.txt; *.csv)}; DEFAULTDIR=C:\VoicenetSQL\project\tampa\Politic\” & projectfile & “; Extensions=CSV; HDR=No;’,’SELECT * FROM at1008.csv’) ”

    Thanks in advance..
    G.V

  87. Hi,

    I need to restore the data from SQL server 2005 to 2000. In my data there are many languages(it means that data has mixure of all characters).

    Are datatypes similar in SQL server 2000 and 2005? am receiving the problem datatype problem..

    can any one suggest me how do i restore it?

    Regards,
    Minchala

  88. Just wanted to say thanks. This code worked perfectly for a simple program i wrote to run at a scheduled time. It saved me so much work from having to manually parse the CSV!

  89. Hi Dave,
    You are amazing, thanks for sharing your knowledge.

    I need a stored proc to import data from a .txt file to a table in sql server 2000 but I need to do it using BCP command and the stored proc should also perform error handling, if possible could you please post the stored proc which performs this job.

  90. It is an excellent example indeed .Thanks.

    I am trying to load a CSV file from a VB .NET 2.0 app. Since the CSV file is in user’s local drive, I can not use BULK INPUT method, can I?

    Bulk Input method requires the CSV file to be present in the SQL Server’s local drive/folder, right?

    I will appreciate if you can comment on my assumptions. Thanks.

    Regards,
    Mehdi Anis

  91. Hi
    I’m having some problem something similar to what you have explained, bt the only difference is that my data in csv file is not seperated with commas, its all chunk together bt i want my output to be like yours. Any idea how i may be able to do that?
    Thanks in advance. =)

  92. HI,

    The above code works great for me, But I have several problem

    1] I have the CSV file with 1155585 records the format of data is

    “Bhavin”,”Mumbai”,”10/2/2004″,1,2,3,4,5
    “Bhavin12″,”Mumbai12″,”10/2/2005″,1,2,3,4,5

    so what i did i replace all string which contains Quotes to null i.e nothing

    now the data looks like

    Bhavin,Mumbai,10/2/2004,1,2,3,4,5
    Bhavin12,Mumbai12,10/2/2005,1,2,3,4,5

    Now I tried using the above code with comma as a deliminator, but I can only see 1155195 records

    plz help me how to proceed…..

  93. Fisrt of all, thank you for your example with bulk insert it solved my problem, but I styill have a little problem: I have in my .csv file special characters like (şţăîâ) and I’d like some help on this matter, please!
    Thank you!

  94. Excellent article!

    I am importing a csv file and several fields have a very long field length (200 characters). I want to truncate it (25 characters) and add a special character (for example a tilde to advise me the data is truncated) after importing. Any suggestion would be appreciated.

    Thank you.

  95. I get this error msg on simple 6 row table(same format and file location as described above):

    Msg 4832, Level 16, State 1, Line 1
    Bulk load: An unexpected end of file was encountered in the data file.
    Msg 7399, Level 16, State 1, Line 1
    The OLE DB provider “BULK” for linked server “(null)” reported an error. The provider did not give any information about the error.
    Msg 7330, Level 16, State 2, Line 1
    Cannot fetch a row from OLE DB provider “BULK” for linked server “(null)”.

    any help for this?

  96. hello,

    Looking to import a txt file that at present errors when dts package enncounters nagative vlaues. Any suggestions?

    Negative values are assoicated with Money

    0000003.34 will pass
    00000-3.34 will fail

    Thanks,

    Cheif

  97. I used the script to import a CSV into a new table in Database Explorer in Visual Web Developer. It works! Thanks for your help.

  98. I am using your query to import CSV file to Sql Server.

    But I am getting the following error”Cannot bulk load. The file “C:\CSVTest.txt” does not exist.”

    What should I do now?
    Any suggestions are welcome.

  99. While runnning BULK INSERT statement, i am getting error

    BULK INSERT #temptb FROM ‘/home/msrivast/temptable.txt’
    go

    sg 102, Level 15, State 0

    ASA Error -131: Syntax error near ‘BULK’ on line 1

    Please help

  100. Hi Pinal,

    How do we load CSV file has embedded newlines (in varchar colomuns) into MS SQL server?

    For instance, how do we load the CSV file below. Note that the second record has a “newline”/”line break” in Column 2

    id, reason, season
    ==, =====, =====
    10,’cold’, ‘winter’
    12,’cold
    flu’,’autumn’

  101. i couldn’t find anyone with an answer for dealing with CSV’s that have quotes in the text with commas within them.

    The key issue being importing this:
    Col1, Col2, Col3
    “Joe”,”Smith”,”Sr Architect”
    “Nicole”,”Dawson”,”Manager”
    “Jon”,”Stephens, PHD”,”PM”

    I was able to work out this solution. Basically describe the delimiter (field terminator) as “,” like this using XML Format Files for SQL Server:

    And notice i had to describe the ” as " format for each field (i only listed 1 as the example).

    Thanks
    -B

  102. I am loading lattitude longitude information into database using load file command.I loaded them into database successfully .But after checking using “select * from data base name” it’s showing all zeros.Any help would be helpful.Thanx in advance.

  103. What if I want to load hundred of files with one script saved into one folder? Above script is just a fun. Do something actual through which many people can find the solution to their problems.

  104. Please help.

    i get large amount of information in an excel file which i need to store in MSSql database. i used to import but i need to make an ASP interface that picks the information from excel or csv and inserts into the database.

    is it possible?

  105. please help me. I got following error when i run insertion script below-
    USE WATCHDOIT
    BULK
    INSERT CSVTest1
    FROM ‘C:\Inetpub\wwwroot\WatchDoit\BusinessList1.txt’
    WITH
    (
    FIELDTERMINATOR = ‘,’,
    ROWTERMINATOR = ‘\n’
    )

    Msg 4832, Level 16, State 1, Line 2
    Bulk load: An unexpected end of file was encountered in the data file.
    Msg 7399, Level 16, State 1, Line 2
    The OLE DB provider “BULK” for linked server “(null)” reported an error. The provider did not give any information about the error.
    Msg 7330, Level 16, State 2, Line 2
    Cannot fetch a row from OLE DB provider “BULK” for linked server “(null)”.

  106. Msg 4832, Level 16, State 1, Line 2
    Bulk load: An unexpected end of file was encountered in the data file.
    Msg 7399, Level 16, State 1, Line 2
    The OLE DB provider “BULK” for linked server “(null)” reported an error. The provider did not give any information about the error.
    Msg 7330, Level 16, State 2, Line 2
    Cannot fetch a row from OLE DB provider “BULK” for linked server “(null)”.

  107. Hi,
    I’m using bulk insert and everything works fine but I cannot get ‘£’ sign characters to import properly. It always change into ‘?’ sign. I tried using nvarchar datatype but it did not help.

    Please Help me.

    Thanks

  108. Sir,
    that is already done. can you suggest me a way to defin th table by its own using the CSV file. i.e. my first row is the column name. Now how do i create a table using the variable column names??

    tank in advance.

    Mukul.

  109. Hi Pinal,

    I have used Bulk command, but want to get the file path of CSV file. I want file path using T-SQL.

    Please tell me how to get the file path only by providing file name.

    Thanks in advance….

    • Try this code

      declare @sql varchar(1000)
      set @sq=’BULK INSERT dbo.TableName
      FROM ”’+@FileName+”’
      WITH ( FIELDTERMINATOR=’’;”, ROWTERMINATOR=’’\\n’’)’
      EXEC(@sql)

  110. Hi Pinal,

    Yours query is marvellous but i want the same query to access a text file to online server with the text placed in client machine

    Can any one suggest me

    Thanks in advance

  111. Hi!!
    i am facing a problem…..

    i am trying to bulk insert data into a table.

    the stored procedure goes like this…

    ====================================
    CREATE PROCEDURE [dbo].[insbulk]
    @circle varchar(20),@path varchar(100)
    AS
    bulk insert @circle from @path with (fieldterminator=’,’)
    GO
    ======================================

    The thing is that this is a wronh syntax…..

    My frontend application goes like this…
    which takes input the filename ie the path,the tablename
    ===================================
    SqlCommand cmd=new SqlCommand(“insbulk”,conn);
    cmd.CommandType=CommandType.StoredProcedure;

    cmd.Parameters.Add(“@circle”,this.cmbcircle.SelectedItem.ToString());
    cmd.Parameters.Add(“@path”,this.fldg.FileName);
    cmd.Parameters.Add(“@insertiondate”,insertiondate);
    cmd.ExecuteScalar();

    }
    catch
    {
    MessageBox.Show(“Error!!!Connection terminating with database”);
    conn.Close();
    }

  112. I am trying to import data from multiple text files into sql server 2005. After the data has been imported in the sq server, i want to move the files to another folder. Does anyone have a solution to this?

    Thanks in advance.

  113. Hi this article is very helpfull

    I was trying to run same query with SQL Server Compact Edition Database.

    But faild to do same can u please help me in this

  114. Hi Abhisek,

    To move file after processing, you need to use SSIS for that.

    In that you can process file and later you can move/Delete that file too.

    Tejas

  115. I had the same problem. Copying the file to the DBserver and calling the file with full name worked.

    …..
    bulk insert dict from “\\dbserver\mydirectory\myfile.txt”
    ……

  116. Hi Pinal & all-
    Help please

    I have a csv file that contains data like this
    “1”,”james”,”smith”,”2323″

    how do I import this to a table without the double quotes.I want to avoid a intermideate convirsion into an excell file since I like to schaduele this as a job.

  117. hey pinal
    i am trying 2 import data from multiple text files into sql server
    giving error
    ADODB.Field (0x800A0BCD)
    Either BOF or EOF is True, or the current record has been deleted. Requested operation requires a current record.
    /forum/post_message.asp, line 211

    on this particular stmt

    objRSInsert.Open “Select * from messages where message_id=IDENT_CURRENT(‘messages’)”, cnnForumDC, adOpenDynamic, adLockPessimistic
    iNewMessageId = objRSInsert.Fields(“message_id”)
    If thread_id = 0 Then
    objRSInsert.Fields(“thread_id”) = iNewMessageId
    objRSInsert.Update
    End If

  118. hey pinal
    i am trying 2 import data from multiple text files into sql server
    giving error
    ADODB.Field (0×800A0BCD)
    Either BOF or EOF is True, or the current record has been deleted. Requested operation requires a current record.
    /forum/post_message.asp, line 211

    on this particular stmt

    objRSInsert.Open “Select * from messages where message_id=IDENT_CURRENT(’messages’)”, cnnForumDC, adOpenDynamic, adLockPessimistic
    iNewMessageId = objRSInsert.Fields(”message_id”)
    If thread_id = 0 Then
    objRSInsert.Fields(”thread_id”) = iNewMessageId
    objRSInsert.Update
    End If

  119. As would be script if the columns have quotation marks double? For example:

    “1”,”James”,”Smith”,”19750101″
    “2”,”Meggie”,”Smith”,”19790122″
    “3”,”Robert”,”Smith”,”20071101″
    “4”,”Alex”,”Smith”,”20040202″

    I have following script as she would modify?

    BULK
    INSERT CSVTest
    FROM ‘c:\csvtest.txt’
    WITH
    (
    FIELDTERMINATOR = ‘,’,
    ROWTERMINATOR = ‘\n’
    )
    GO

  120. Hi,

    I regularly looking at this knowledge sharing site.
    Nice and very informative

    * How to import the Excel file to the remote SQL Server without using OBDC, ie only with Stored Procedure?

  121. Hi,

    How to import data like this:

    “qwe,asd,zxc”,123,sometext

    The result i whant to have:
    qwe,asd,zxc 123 sometext

    but what i have is:
    “qwe asd zxc”,123,sometext

    Any thoughts?
    Thanks

  122. @Satrebla

    If you have( ” ) character at fixed length for every value that goes into that column, then you can use substring function and select only those characters that you want ignoring rest of them and concatinate with other values (if needed)

    Regards,
    IM.

  123. @Imran Mohammed

    Thanks for reply, but lenth is variable. For example:

    “abc,qwe,zxc”,123,txt
    “qwe,asd,fgh,jkl”,456,qqq
    “12233,456789”,rty,159

    ..?

  124. replace commas that aren’t embedded between quotes with a character that won’t be used. change fieldterminator to be that new character.

    can probably also use fmt file, but i’ve never used one so not positive

  125. how or where do you write the script that you are publishing. I am new to the import but not asp.net. How do you import into a table that you have already constructed with the gui in asp.net.

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  127. How We can Insert The Data in sq l server through Excel Sheet. Here i don’t have ‘,’ field or Line termination.

  128. Hi Praveen,

    Is SQL PORT open for any server?

    If yes, then you can use:

    SELECT *
    FROM table A
    INNER JOIN
    (
    OPENROWSET(‘SQLOLEDB’,’ServerAddress';’User';’Password’,
    ‘select * from
    table
    ‘)
    ) B
    ON A.id = b.Id

    Thanks,

    Tejas

  129. Hi,

    I had implemented this “Bulk Insert” in Sql 2005, i am getting

    Msg 102, Level 15, State 1, Line 7
    Incorrect syntax near ‘‘’.

    my Statement ..

    BULK

    INSERT ccprocessorstandardpayee
    FROM ‘c:\csvtest.txt’
    WITH
    (
    FIELDTERMINATOR = ‘,’,
    ROWTERMINATOR = ‘\n’
    )
    GO

    please help me..

    thnk u..

  130. Just a note that somehow – doesn’t matter to me – I was stymied at first by “fancy” quotes or apostrophes. That is, I was inclined to copy/paste your stuff, and SQL returned syntax errors having to do with the use of NON- straight (up & down) single quotes. I happened to figure out the problem but someone else might get frustrated prematurely. Since there’s some problem having to do with Full Text searching that prevented me from importing those big (and no doubt beautiful) sample DB’s that MS makes available, this post (YOURS) is/was EXTREMELY HELPFUL. Thanks!!

  131. Hi,

    I’m trying to upload a file to my database and it wont work at all, I get this message:

    #1064 – You have an error in your SQL syntax; check the manual that corresponds to your MySQL server version for the right syntax to use near ‘BULK INSERT tblPostcodes FROM ‘c:\postcodes.txt’ WITH ( FIELDTERMINATOR’ at line 1

    when I run:

    BULK
    INSERT tblPostcodes
    FROM ‘c:\postcodes.txt’
    WITH
    (
    FIELDTERMINATOR = ‘,’,
    ROWTERMINATOR = ‘\n’
    )
    GO

    Any ideas?

  132. well i try to upload the csv file throgh the below given query

    BULK
    INSERT CSVTest
    FROM ‘c:\CSVTEST.txt’
    WITH
    (
    FIELDTERMINATOR = ‘|’,
    ROWTERMINATOR = ‘\n’
    )
    GO

    but it is showing error message when i ran this above query
    the error message is given below:

    Msg 102, Level 15, State 1, Line 3
    Incorrect syntax near ‘‘’.
    Msg 319, Level 15, State 1, Line 4
    Incorrect syntax near the keyword ‘with’. If this statement is a common table expression or an xmlnamespaces clause, the previous statement must be terminated with a semicolon.

  133. well i try to upload the csv file throgh the below given query

    BULK
    INSERT CSVTest
    FROM ‘c:\CSVTEST.txt’
    WITH
    (
    FIELDTERMINATOR = ‘|’,
    ROWTERMINATOR = ‘\n’
    )
    GO

    but it is showing error message when i ran this above query
    the error message is given below:

    Msg 102, Level 15, State 1, Line 3
    Incorrect syntax near ‘‘’.
    Msg 319, Level 15, State 1, Line 4
    Incorrect syntax near the keyword ‘with’. If this statement is a common table expression or an xmlnamespaces clause, the previous statement must be terminated with a semicolon.

    please tell me why this is happening and pls give me the solution for this

  134. ur Bulk insert works as following way: in LAN only

    Bulk Insert cv_Test from ‘\\Rahool\SharedDocs\Book2.txt’ with
    (
    FIELDTERMINATOR= ‘,’,

    ROWTERMINATOR= ‘\n’
    )
    Go

  135. Thanks this is great.

    You are a true guru at sql. This has solved a massive problem.
    I was trying to insert a csv into sql express 2005.
    Which is witout the import functions. this code solved that problem.

    Thanks a lots!!!

  136. Hi,

    I’m new to SQL, I’m a VoIP engineer. I am trying to create a call billing database. I have a simple table like this
    My VOIP server exports out call records as text (comma separated) files everday.

    phone,name,callerid,dialednumber
    3929,joel,3929,3454
    3454,anita,3454,3929

    I need to be able to upload data from text files onto the same table. Is there a way to do this and set it to automatically import the text files?

    Thanks in advance,
    joel

  137. hi guys, (newbie / VS2008 pro)

    I have a table with 5 columns and a csv with 5 columns which i want to import into table.

    I have used your code as above to import CSV into table and I get ERROR message :

    There was an error parsing the Query. [Token line number =1, token line offset =1, Token in error = BULK]

    what does this mean ?

    not sure if i am in the right area but am in the Server Explorer window, right clicked on database name then selected
    ‘New Query” ( is this right ?)

    also, i can’t find DTS in the \bin folder ?\ of VS2008/ SSME

    thanks in advance
    viv (frustrated)

  138. Hi Tejas,

    I actually need help with the error below when ever i try to run the query ?

    “There was an error parsing the Query. [Token line number =1, token line offset =1, Token in error = BULK] ”

    please help

    (VS2008 Pro)

    thanks
    viv

  139. Is there a way using DTS or SSIS to easily pick up and import in reoccurring delimited files.
    They are very simple files with about 10 pipe delimited fields that very easily import in manually. They are placed in a directory by another business process and contain a unique DateTimeStamp filename. All of the current current BCP or Import tasks I see in either 2000 or 2005 force you to select a specific filename rather than a wild card. I understand that I will have to deal with moving the files also as they are processed which there appears to be a file operations task I could use. I thought for sure that this would be a commonly needed slam dunk task to perform in DTS or SSIS, but right now feel like just writing a small custom app. to do it. Any insight you have to offer would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!

  140. Hi there,
    sorry I’m new to SQL Server.

    I was wandering to load the ASCII file into SQL Server table with this code:

    BULK
    INSERT CSVTest
    FROM ‘c:\csvtest.txt’
    WITH
    (
    FIELDTERMINATOR = ‘,’,
    ROWTERMINATOR = ‘\n’
    )
    GO

    c:\csvtest.txt’ refers to the file in the same filesystem with the SQL Server or they can be on different boxes?

    Thanks

  141. Dear Pinal,
    I still have a problem I want to use the same bulk insert query by passing the filename as a parameter since I dont want to hard code it in the query is it possible??

    declare @filename varchar(100)
    set @filename = ”” + ‘C:\test.txt’ + ””;
    bulk insert vishu_test
    from @filename
    with
    (
    FIELDTERMINATOR = ‘,’,
    ROWTERMINATOR = ‘\n’
    )

    • Try

      declare @sql varchar(1000), @filename varchar(100)
      set @filemame='C:\test.txt'
      set @sq='BULK INSERT vishu_test
      FROM '''+@FileName+'''
      WITH ( FIELDTERMINATOR='';'', ROWTERMINATOR=''\\n'')'
      EXEC(@sql)

  142. @ Vishwanath,

    Yes, Of-course it is possible. What you need to do is store whole script into another variable and execute that variable. something like this,

    declare @SQLCMD varchar(1000)
    declare @filename varchar(100)
    set @filename =‘C:\test.txt’

    set @SQLCMD = ‘
    bulk insert vishu_test
    from ‘+@filename+’
    with
    (
    FIELDTERMINATOR = ‘‘,’’,
    ROWTERMINATOR = ‘‘\n’’
    )’

    Print @SQLCMD

    Exec (@SQLCMD)

    ~

  143. declare @SQLCMD nvarchar(1000)
    declare @filename nvarchar(100)
    set @filename =‘C:\test.txt’

    set @SQLCMD = ‘
    bulk insert vishu_test
    from ‘+@filename+’
    with
    (
    FIELDTERMINATOR = ‘‘,’’,
    ROWTERMINATOR = ‘‘\n’’
    )’

    Print @SQLCMD

    exec sp_executesql @sql(@SQLCMD)
    This method is recommended as it prevents and SQLInjection…

  144. Hi,

    I wonder if anyone can help. I’m trying to get a bulk data import to mssql but I want to have the file name also included in one of the colums. Also i’m trying to get the importer to import any file name .txt file int he import folder. Is this possible? here is my script:
    BULK

    INSERT orders

    FROM ‘c:\imp\test3.txt’

    WITH

    (

    firstrow=2,

    FIELDTERMINATOR = ‘,’,

    ROWTERMINATOR = ‘\n’

    )

  145. hello……..
    using this i can insert the contents of csv file to sql.but the last row was not added into the table……

    BULK INSERT portf FROM ‘E:\\portfolio\\WebSite2\\grouped\\2007\1\\EQ020107.CSV’
    WITH (FORMATFILE=’C:\\Documents and Settings\\user\\portfol.fmt’,FIRSTROW=2)

    Have any solution for this problem?

  146. Pinal Hi,

    Based on your example how do you insert multiple txt files
    Like
    C:\csvtest1.txt
    C:\csvtest2.txt
    C:\csvtest3.txt

    to the csvtest table in sql

    Thank you very much.

    Oded Dror

  147. This is a great example to start. I am facing only one problem
    How can i Skip Header while inserting CSV or Tab Seperated Values. B’Cause my TXT files consisting Header informations as well.

    That would be great help..Thanks

  148. Hi Pinal

    I followed your bulk insert and it worked perfectly. But I was trying a couple of other things which did not work for me. Basically I want to auto increment the primary key by 1, instead of storing 1,2,3…… in csv file

    Eg: my csv file looks like this

    James,Smith
    Meggie,Smith
    Robert,Smith
    Alex,Smith

    and my table looks like this

    csvinsert(id int identity(1,1), fname varchar(20), lname varchar(20), primary key(id))

    Now when I follow your commands it gives me dataconversion error as it is trying to insert a string in id column. What can I do to make this work?

  149. If I have a file:
    “1”,”James”,”Smith”,”19750101″,,

    “2”,”Meggie,Smith”,”19790122″,”A”,

    “3”,”Robert,Smith”,”20071101″,”B”

    “4”,”Alex”,”Smith”,”20040202″,,

    How can I do it. (import to SQL tables)

    Thanks,

  150. hi pinal,

    please help me to insert data/multiple data in a csv using VBA.

    thanks in advance

    Plz help me yaar

  151. Hi
    You do not need to do anything . Just design a table right click and click import data select csv file and thats it. No need to do programming and stuff if its one time only.

  152. hi there,
    can you tell me how to make update to the database from the text file.the text file i have is a buffer(log file) from finger print machine.i don’t want to save a text file every time i collect the data from the device.should i make a trigger or what.is there any other way??.
    other thing:how to insert the data into db from the device?

  153. Please help urgent,

    While runnning BULK INSERT statement, i am getting error

    Incorrect syntax near the keyword ‘with’. If this statement is a common table expression or an xmlnamespaces clause, the previous statement must be terminated with a semicolon.

  154. Can anyone help me load a file through bulk insert that has a date and time appended in its name with first part of the name remaining constant and the date time part being variable everyday.

    something like this:

    bulk insert dbo.tablename
    from ‘filename*.txt’
    etc.

    here the filename is the first part
    and
    datetime part denoted by * is the variable part

  155. @DNJ

    Definitely I would go for DTS / SSIS. That is way faster than any other tool, faster than Database Engine.

    ~ IM.

  156. @Hasan

    You need to write Dynamic SQL.

    By Using Dynamic SQL, first prepare bulk insert script with proper file name.

    Consider below script as a sample for your requirement.

    Declare @sqlcmd1 varchar(1000)
    set @sqlcmd1 = ‘bulk insert dbo.tablename
    from filename’+convert(varchar, datename(yyyy, getdate())) + convert(varchar, datepart(mm, getdate()))+convert(varchar, datename(d, getdate()))

    Execute Sp_ExecuteSql @sqlcmd1

    ~ IM.

  157. Hi,

    Thanks for the post.It was very helpful.
    I tried it.It is working.But i need to do it for only desired columns(not for all the column).
    Can anybody suggest me.

  158. Hi Prashanti,
    you have to explore the area of using the FORMATFILE = ‘format_file_path’ for bulk insert to do it for desired columns.

    Some text fr

    The format file should be used if:
    1.The data file contains greater or fewer columns than the table or view.
    2.The columns are in a different order.
    3.The column delimiters vary.

    There are other changes in the data format. Format files are typically created by using the bcp utility and modified with a text editor as needed. For more information, see bcp Utility.

    Regards,
    Saswata

  159. Can someone plz help me.Its keep telling me that incorrect syntax whereas im using the exact command.
    bulk insert dbo.Orders
    from ‘C:\Data\orders.txt’
    with
    (
    FIELDTERMINATOR = ‘,’,
    ROWTERMINATOR = ‘\n’
    )
    Incorrect syntax near ‘‘’.
    Dont know whats wrong.

  160. Can someone please help me with the following. I have a csv file that I’m trying to load into sql.

    The 1st line in the file contains IDs, 2nd line – user account and remaining lines contains the change info.

    Example:

    1234,2586
    dom\hope,dom\newberry,dom\ksayr,dom\farley
    11111,1,23
    11111,2,187
    11111,3,9687

    I broke it down to three separate bulk inserts. However, I’m having problems with the user accounts insert.

    CREATE TABLE #USER
    (
    #1 varchar (100)
    )
    BULK INSERT #USER
    FROM ‘C:\Documents and Settings\Nakisha\FIRST\1064PBF01.csv’
    WITH
    (
    FIELDTERMINATOR = ‘,’,
    ROWTERMINATOR = ‘\n’,
    FIRSTROW = 2,
    LASTROW = 2
    )

    With the script above “dom\hope,dom\newberry,dom\ksayr,dom\farley” gets display in the table.

    Is there a way to have each user account display in a different row in the table?

    Thanks for your help!

  161. Hi,

    I want to know y does the following script run in SQL and not in T-SQL

    ——————————————————-
    DECLARE @tblName varchar(30)
    SET @tblName = CONVERT(VARCHAR(20),GETDATE(),112) + ‘Table’

    DECLARE @sql nvarchar(4000)
    SELECT @sql =
    ‘CREATE TABLE “‘ + @tblName + ‘”
    (
    ID VARCHAR(15),
    Name VARCHAR(15)
    )’

    EXEC(@sql)
    go
    ——————————————————-

    it gives you the error

    Msg 170, Sev 15: Line 1: Incorrect syntax near ‘20090714Table’. [SQLSTATE 42000]

  162. Re:

    Anonymous

    Hi,

    I want to know y does the following script run in SQL and not in T-SQL

    ——————————————————-
    DECLARE @tblName varchar(30)
    SET @tblName = CONVERT(VARCHAR(20),GETDATE(),112) + ‘Table’

    DECLARE @sql nvarchar(4000)
    SELECT @sql =
    ‘CREATE TABLE “‘ + @tblName + ‘”
    (
    ID VARCHAR(15),
    Name VARCHAR(15)
    )’

    EXEC(@sql)
    go
    ——————————————————-

    it gives you the error

    Msg 170, Sev 15: Line 1: Incorrect syntax near ‘20090714Table’. [SQLSTATE 42000]

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    MY REPLY:

    This error is being generated by T-SQL because you are trying to create a table with a digit as the first character of its name.

  163. Re:

    imran

    Can someone plz help me.Its keep telling me that incorrect syntax whereas im using the exact command.
    bulk insert dbo.Orders
    from ‘C:\Data\orders.txt’
    with
    (
    FIELDTERMINATOR = ‘,’,
    ROWTERMINATOR = ‘\n’
    )
    Incorrect syntax near ‘‘’.
    Dont know whats wrong.

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    MY REPLY:

    T-SQL is reading the first row of your data file (C:\data\orders.txt) as data. If this row contains column headings, then you want T-SQL to begin reading on the second row. Therefore, you should add FIRSTROW = 2 below the ROWTERMINATOR = ‘\n’, statement.

  164. @DNJ

    I agree with Imran, with an additional comment; you can not insert 600,000 records into Excel in versions prior to Excel 2007.

  165. I read the article, but I have a question too. I’m trying with bulkcopy to copy data from an excelsheet to my DB.
    In one column there is the telephonenumber in different formats: 012-3456789, or 0123-456789 or 00321234567890. The first two are seen as text but the last is seen as number and won’t be insert into my table on the DB. My column in the db table is a varchar, all data can go into there.
    Can anybody help me how I can solve this problemn?

    Greetings,
    Johan

  166. @Johan,

    You first load data into temporary table, in this temporary table make the data type of the column compatible with Excel Sheet i.e. nvarchar(255). Once data is in Temporary table, then you can play as you want.

    I believe SSIS has a functionality in which you could change data type of column. I am not sure.

    ~ IM.

  167. @Imran Mohammed

    Do you have some sample code for me? I searched all along the internet but I couldn’t find any good sample code.

    Thank you very much

    Johan

  168. Hi Pinal

    Please help me
    Iam using sql server 2005,..I want to do a similar operation..

    I have my file in C:\Test.txt. Also I create the table in my DB.

    BULK INSERT CSVTest
    FROM ‘c:\Test.txt’
    WITH
    (
    FIELDTERMINATOR = ‘\t’,
    ROWTERMINATOR = ‘\n’
    )
    GO

    When I run this …am getting error saying…

    Cannot bulk load. The file “c:\Test.txt” does not exist.

    infact, I have the file given in the path.

    Thanks,

    Krishna

  169. Dear Pinal,

    I am also SQL Server DBA professional since last 4 years and before that i have worked as a SQL developper cum Database Analyst also using .Net 2.0 Frame work For Web & Consol based Application and VB 6.0 for Window based application.

    Thanks for your articles, As your faster way to writing your articles sometimes you have to do mistakes like

    –Drop the table to clean up database.
    SELECT *
    FROM CSVTest
    GO

    Inyour image file seems fine

    Go

    DROP TABLE CSVTest
    –Drop the table to clean up database.
    GO

    I think you have need to have a look once of all your articles.

    Regards,
    Rajiv Singh

  170. Hi Pinal,

    If I execute the below query
    BULK INSERT InsertTest
    FROM ‘D:\Test.txt’
    WITH ( FormatFile=’D:\Test.fmt’)
    Getting error as

    Msg 4832, Level 16, State 1, Line 1
    Bulk load: An unexpected end of file was encountered in the data file.
    Msg 7399, Level 16, State 1, Line 1
    The OLE DB provider “BULK” for linked server “(null)” reported an error. The provider did not give any information about the error.
    Msg 7330, Level 16, State 2, Line 1
    Cannot fetch a row from OLE DB provider “BULK” for linked server “(null)”.

    Can you help me out how to solve this?

    Regards,
    Anitha

  171. I have tried it with C:\ drive on local machine, BUT it does not work for local machine, works ONLY if the file is on the Server.

    so your @filename on the bulk insert would look something like

    \\\\filename.csv OR filename.txt

    BULK INSERT does not work for excel files.

    You have to save EXCEL file as CSV and then use it with the
    bulk insert sql command.

    PS:There is another option to use OPENROWSET to upload excel sheet data as follows:

    select * from
    OPENROWSET(‘Microsoft.Jet.OLEDB.4.0′, ‘Excel 8.0;Database=c:\’, ‘SELECT * FROM [Sheet1$]‘)

    BUT for which you need to have Microsoft.Jet.OLDEDB correctly
    installed & all drivers in OK status, else it fails.

    Hope it helps.

  172. Thanku very much

    BULK
    INSERT testing_table
    FROM ‘c:\testing.txt’
    WITH
    (
    FIELDTERMINATOR = ‘,’,
    ROWTERMINATOR = ‘\n’
    )
    GO

    Above code works.. and this is exactly what i was searching for…

  173. hi!
    its really work..thank so much
    if you dont mind I would like to ask, how to filter certain data in the csv file during the insertion?

    Tq.

  174. How to bulk upload text file. That text file having fixed length format. I want to upload with length specification. in sql server 2005. Can any one help me?….

    prabu

  175. sir, currently i am developing a windows application where all the file of extension .xls (excel format) must be saved in to the database
    i mean to say the content MUST SAVED INTO DATABASE
    and condition is that the content is not maintained as row or column

    PLS REPLY

    THANKS
    HASMUKH JAIN

  176. Hello. It solved my problem too. But I have an another problem.

    It converts the characters “ş,Ş,ç,Ç,ö,Ö,ü,Ü,ğ,Ğ,ı,İ” to unreadable characters. How can I solve it?

  177. sorry, too quick on the submit button!

    Im seriously in need of help, ive looked into many options including dts and bcp but ive not had any joy.

    my txt file is formated in the following way
    |fname1|,|26/02/03|,|lname1|
    |fname2|,|26/02/03|,|lname2|
    |fname3|,|27/02/03|,|lname3|

    and so on…

    Ive tried the following but the data is not being added correctly. I dont want to search and replace stuff in the file becuase i have 100’s of files with 10,000’s rows to deal with. Please help.

    thanks.
    D

    BULK
    INSERT tblTest
    FROM ‘c:\Feb03Names.txt’
    WITH
    (
    FIELDTERMINATOR = ‘|’,
    ROWTERMINATOR = ‘|\n’
    )

    The following is what gets stored in the db when running the above code.
    ID Name RegDate Lname
    1 fname1 , 26/02/03|,|lname1
    2 fname2 , 26/02/03|,|lname2
    3 fname3 , 27/02/03|,|lname3|

  178. BULK
    INSERT CHUMMA.DBO.PRODUCTS
    FROM ‘E:\INSERT.CSV’
    WITH
    (
    FIELDTERMINATOR=’,’,
    ROWTERMINATOR=’\n’
    )
    GO

    When I run this …am getting error saying…

    Msg 4832, Level 16, State 1, Line 189
    Bulk load: An unexpected end of file was encountered in the data file.
    Msg 7399, Level 16, State 1, Line 189
    The OLE DB provider “BULK” for linked server “(null)” reported an error. The provider did not give any information about the error.
    Msg 7330, Level 16, State 2, Line 189
    Cannot fetch a row from OLE DB provider “BULK” for linked server “(null)”.

  179. hi this is sunil singh
    i m college student
    i have project, pls help me with this.

    I want to import excel sheet with has three column,

    First Name Last Name Date Of Birth

    has 30 rows

    and i have assigment
    to convert all data in Sql data base file Name “Student Info”
    with one single sql command.

    pls reply mee

  180. company: xxxxxxxx
    ssno: xxx-xx-xxxx

    identification no:xxxx

    1 fname1 , 26/02/03|,|lname1
    2 fname2 , 26/02/03|,|lname2
    3 fname3 , 27/02/03|,|lname3
    ———————————————————————-

    Above is the file format in txt. I simply need to grab in row per record like below:

    company,ssno,fname1,date,lname1
    company,ssno,fname2,date,lname2 and so on….

    How can I parse and import the data from .txt to sql 2005. Please help and reply me at forent@hotmail.com

    Thanks.
    Miki

  181. Hi friends,

    I want to do Bulk Insert in my table. The actual senario is , I have written a stored procedure which does some calculation and Insert the row in my table.

    Stored procedure takes one second to do its calculation and insert operation.
    I have around One crores of records to be inserted in my table.

    If i do use of above store procedure it will take , 1 sec * No of Rows(1 crore) to be inserted.

    So how can i go with Batch insert to achieve this.

    Please help.

    Thanks,

    Sharan

  182. Hello Sharan,

    If possible, try to implement the calculation on the whole source rowset instead of processing the rows one by one. SQL Server engine is optimzed to perform SET based.

    Kind Regards,
    Pinal Dave

  183. Dear i have a project result4u.com in that i add many school and university i want give a penal to each user by that they can add result by excel file. just like 10th class or 12th class or B.A Iyear,or M.Com…….many…. in that i want to upload excel file in sql dynamically if i upload a excel file then that file save in sql and create table in sql dynamically….bcos different-2 excel upload hogi in that all details will be there like Roll no, name, address, subject,hindi ,english…..

    so plz help me how it come possible excel file save directly in sql dynamically create table…

  184. I’m trying to do an import from a text file using the BULK INSERT. The text file is separated by fixed width (no delimiters).

    Can anybody give me an example query for this?

  185. Hi Mr. Pinal,

    I have a flat ascii file with tabs to delimit all the columns, within each column is text or dates, text is delimited by the quotes as seen in sample A below. I can import into ms sql with bulk insert just fine, except I want to strip the quotes off so that the final row in the sql database looks like example B. Here is my code;
    BULK INSERT dbo.NC_Voter_History
    FROM “C:\Users\Kevin\Documents\NC Folder\NC_His\his1-50.txt”
    WITH
    (
    FIELDTERMINATOR = ‘\t’,
    ROWTERMINATOR = ‘\n’
    )
    GO
    What can I add to strip off the “quotes” at bulk insert?
    Thanks, Kevin

    Sample A:

    89 “TYRRELL” “000000000002” 23 2002-11-05 00:00:00 “11/05/2002″ “11/05/2002 GENERAL ” “IN-PERSON ” “DEM” “DEMOCRATIC ” “14” “KILKENNY” “EE2035″ 89 “TYRRELL”——- “14” “14”

    Sample B:

    89 TYRRELL 000000000002 23 2002-11-05 00:00:00 11/05/2002 11/05/2002 GENERAL IN-PERSON DEM DEMOCRATIC 14 KILKENNY EE2035 89 TYRRELL 14 14

  186. Hi,
    I get the error like this
    Msg 4860, Level 16, State 1, Line 1
    Cannot bulk load. The file “c:\book1.txt” does not exist.
    It ll be very helpfull if anyone can solve this problem.
    Thanks in advance.

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  188. Hy all!

    nice artical on bulk insert.

    I have a existing table in database, on which i want to apply bulk insert. but the thing is can filter apply on bulk insert? i want to avoid the duplication, if record already exist then i want to overright. is this possible with bulk insert? I have datafile with millions record.

    pls. Answer …

    thanks in Advance.

  189. Hy pinal!

    In sql, we often notice that if any error occred, it will print the message “Msg xxxx, Level 16( or 15), State 1, Line xx.”

    What is the meaning of level16 (or 15), how many levels in Sql? and what the state indicate?

    Pls. Answer

    Chirag

  190. Hi Chirag,

    Any error in SQL Server can have a Level value from 0 through 25 and a State value from 0 through 255.

    Level is severity level that represent the severity of error from least severity (level 0) to most criticle (level 25).
    For more information please view the article:

    http://blog.sqlauthority.com/2007/04/25/sql-server-error-messages-sysmessages-error-severity-level/

    State represnt a value that can be used to identify the source location or reason of error. For example an error like “Disk full” can be caused by various source location (like data file, log file or tempdb). As the error is same so we would not be able to identify the exact source of error just by error message. To help in identify the exact reason of error SQL Server have State that would be different for each locationi or reason (like data file, log file or tempdb).

    Regards,
    Pinal Dave

  191. Kevin HARMON
    Hi Mr. Pinal,

    I have a flat ascii file with tabs to delimit all the columns, within each column is text or dates, text is delimited by the quotes as seen in sample A below. I can import into ms sql with bulk insert just fine, except I want to strip the quotes off so that the final row in the sql database looks like example B. Here is my code;
    BULK INSERT dbo.NC_Voter_History
    FROM “C:\Users\Kevin\Documents\NC Folder\NC_His\his1-50.txt”
    WITH
    (
    FIELDTERMINATOR = ‘\t’,
    ROWTERMINATOR = ‘\n’
    )
    GO
    What can I add to strip off the “quotes” at bulk insert?
    Thanks, Kevin

    Sample A:

    89 “TYRRELL” “000000000002″ 23 2002-11-05 00:00:00 “11/05/2002″ “11/05/2002 GENERAL ” “IN-PERSON ” “DEM” “DEMOCRATIC ” “14″ “KILKENNY” “EE2035″ 89 “TYRRELL”——- “14″ “14″

    Sample B:

    89 TYRRELL 000000000002 23 2002-11-05 00:00:00 11/05/2002 11/05/2002 GENERAL IN-PERSON DEM DEMOCRATIC 14 KILKENNY EE2035 89 TYRRELL 14 14

  192. Hello Kchusa,

    BCP does not have any predefined option to remove double quote from column data. For this purpose you can use format file. In format file specify the double quote in field terminator.
    Another option is to use SSIS or Import/Export wizard. In wizard we have option to specify Text Indentifier.

    Regards,
    Pinal Dave

  193. Hello,

    I would like to insert records from CSV file into SQL table in SQL Server 2005. But I do not have permission for BULK INSERT command. Is there any other way I can insert records from CSV file into SQL table?

    Your help is very well appreciated.

    Thanks

  194. To create a job (balance sheet) where the total >7000 sheet must be updated to NUll and this process must be done for every 30 min

    Plz help me out

  195. Kapil

    I think that this query is only work when the database and the text file on the same system.
    If yes then pls tell me how can we achieve this when the database and the text file both are on different system.

  196. Hi Pinal,

    I is there are a way to run an Update Statement from an excel or csv file into the database. I am using SQL 2000 and i need to update tables in from a csv file to save time i been lookin some examples but they are mainly insert statements can you give a some help/. I am using Coldfusion 8 front end if that helps any..

    thanks in advance.

  197. Hi Alex,

    We can handle data from csv file as a table using OPENDATASOURCE function. So using this function join the csv file with database table and update the table.

    Regards,
    Pinal Dave

  198. Hi Pinal,

    I am not sure; May be this query is only work when the database server and the text file on the same system.
    If yes, Please tell me how can we achieve this when both the database and the text file are on different system.

    thanks in Advance.

    • Hello Kapil,

      The OPENDATASOURCE function can access file or database tables from remote server. But what there are many possible reason that you may not access a remote file like access permission, version of your SQL server instance, version of your source file, etc.
      What error are your getting while accessing from remote computer?

      Regards,
      Pinal Dave

      • Hello Pinal,
        Its nice to see your reply; when I am executing the bulk insert query then its gives this error

        Msg 4860, Level 16, State 1, Line 1
        Cannot bulk load. The file “d:\\csvtest.txt” does not exist.

        —————————————————————-
        I am running the below query

        BULK INSERT Tmp_GpMember
        FROM ‘d:\test.txt’
        WITH
        (
        FIELDTERMINATOR = ‘,’,
        ROWTERMINATOR = ‘\n’
        )
        GO

        —————————————————————-
        Table definition
        create table Tmp_GpMember ( int Number not null)

        —————————————————————-
        File Contains this data with file name test.txt
        13
        23
        23
        45
        —————————————————————-

        The text File is on my computer with Sql Server 2008 Client version installation which connect to the database server which is on another computer.

          • Hi Pinal,

            You Means I have to give the path like Ipaddress//d:/test.txt.

            BULK INSERT Tmp_GpMember
            FROM ‘192.168.1.182\\d:\test.txt’
            WITH
            (
            FIELDTERMINATOR = ‘,’,
            ROWTERMINATOR = ‘\n’
            )
            GO

            I ran the above query but also it gives the error.

  199. Hello Pinal,

    Can we load the data from one csv to multiple tables ?
    If the CSV contains a heder and trailer and i want to store trailer in some table is that possible with BCP..

    e.x.
    Fname,Lname,Empid,Location —–>Header
    Mayur,Mittal,1011739,SRE
    John,Mathews,103333,PUNE
    Sherlok,Holmes,100007,USA
    000003 ——->Trailer (Containg the nu of records)

    Can i store the trailer in some table ?

    • Use OPENROWSET

      insert into target_table(column_list)
      select * from OPENROWSET('Microsoft.Jet.OLEDB.4.0','text;HDR=no;FMT=FixedLength;Database=c:\', text_file#txt)
      where f1 like '[a-zA-Z]%'

      insert into count_table(col)
      select f1 from OPENROWSET('Microsoft.Jet.OLEDB.4.0','text;HDR=no;FMT=FixedLength;Database=c:\', text_file#txt)
      where f1 like '[0-9]%'

  200. Hi Pinal ,
    I wanna Import CSV file to SQL 2005 (VB.NET)
    if the record exist ,,over write it otherwise insert the record

    so how can I read data from CSV, fill it with data set
    then process each row individually

    please help me as soon as possible ,,,

  201. hi pinal,
    when i am executing openrowset query like this
    select * from
    OPENROWSET(‘Microsoft.Jet.OLEDB.4.0′, ‘Excel 8.0;Database=d:\MCX11012010.xls’,’SELECT * FROM [Sheet1$]‘)

    for import excel file into sql server table then its gives this error

    Cannot process the object “SELECT * FROM [Sheet1$]“. The OLE DB provider “Microsoft.Jet.OLEDB.4.0″ for linked server “(null)” indicates that either the object has no columns or the current user does not have permissions on that object.

  202. I am very new to this and notice that you said “Load Comma Delimited File Into SQL Server”. Our hosted web site has 2 servers a Web server and SQL server. I am working on importing into the SQL server from a csv file on the WEB server. Is this possible or do I have to move the csv file over to the SQL server? I am told that the bulk import will only run from the SQL server. Both servers are behind the same firewall. I don’t think it is good practice to SFTP into the SQL server from outside the firewall.

  203. Hi,

    I’m using SQL2005 Express and It seems that FILE_FORMAT
    do not behave like “FieldTerminator” spec.

    BULK INSERT [dbo].[DimCurrency]
    FROM ‘D:\currencies.csv’
    WITH (
    FIELDTERMINATOR = ‘,’,
    ROWTERMINATOR = ‘\n’
    )
    => Works fine

    BULK INSERT [dbo].[DimCurrency]
    FROM ‘D:\currencies.csv’
    WITH (
    FORMATFILE = ‘D:\Currency.fmt’
    )
    => The bulk load failed. The column is too long in the data file for row 1, column 2.

    Format file is produced thanks to bcp
    9.0
    3
    1 SQLINT 0 4 “,” 1 CurrencyKey “”
    2 SQLNCHAR 2 6 “,” 2 CurrencyAlternateKey SQL_Latin1_General_CP1_CI_AS
    3 SQLNCHAR 2 100 “\n” 3 CurrencyName SQL_Latin1_General_CP1_CI_AS

    I’ve tried “\n”, \r\n” same issue..
    Any ideas?

    Thanks in advance!

  204. Hi pinal,

    I want to import Csv file into my Data base,

    My file format is

    2,Meggie,Smith,”19790122,19790122″

    using the same code , “19790122,19790122” is getting error,
    Please help me out..how to import data from csv file

  205. Hi Pinal,

    I have one CSV file.I want to insert only first and last record into sql table using DTS.

    I have created one DTS package and click on transformation.Set FirstRow and lastrow Property of OPTION tab and execute Package.It only insert first row into table.

    Could you please let me know how to insert last row in to table.

    Thanks,

    Jeetesh

  206. I have a question regarding the use of bulk insert to upload a file into a MySQL database. Although the target table ” test_table” exists and the table name is spelt correctly in the query, I keep on getting the error: “ORA-00903: invalid table name” . Can someone please help?

    I use the following following query:

    BULK INSERT test_table
    FROM ‘C:\Users\l_3.txt’
    WITH
    (
    FIELDTERMINATOR = ‘,’,
    ROWTERMINATOR = ‘\n’
    )
    ;

    BULK INSERT test_table
    FROM ‘C:\Users\l_3.csv’
    WITH
    (
    FIELDTERMINATOR = ‘,’,
    ROWTERMINATOR = ‘\n’
    )
    ;

  207. hiiii,

    I have txt file in D:\fd.txt and content of this file is like this

    1,foo,5,20031101
    3,blat,7,20031101
    5,foobar,23,20031104
    7,ankit,33,20031204

    I want to this all data in select statement and sore in dataset and datatable.

    like
    select * from D:\fd.txt

    i want this result in to dataset or datatable

    what should i do???

  208. Hi,

    I need to bulk insert from text file, In My text file contains the first line is column names, I need the bulk skip the first line.

    I tried the following script but it doesn’t work.

    BULK INSERT member_registration FROM ‘D:\member_registration_2010_02_20.txt’ WITH (FIELDTERMINATOR = ‘|’, FIRSTROW=2, ROWTERMINATOR = ‘\n’)

  209. Good Post.

    Here is my Dillema –

    I have a test file with this format:

    John, La E*Associate Acc Exe**Inside Sales*
    Poll, Pary (LAT)*VP, Prod, forms & Software Services*comapany LAT*LAT Executive*TE640
    Kusu, Vas*Software Developer 3**LAT Technology*

    how can I insert it to a sql 2008 table?

  210. Can you please explain what the following does,

    (
    FIELDTERMINATOR = ‘,’,
    ROWTERMINATOR = ‘\n’
    )

    in the bulk insert.

    ??

    Dee

  211. Hello, could you please help me?
    I am a new intern who was assigned a task of importing a flat file into server 2005 and then getting it to update daily. I have figured out the importing part, but I have no idea where to go from here. I am new to all of this and am just baffled. Basically I have these readings that get taken daily. they are stored in a flat file. I need the database to be able to go to that flat file and pull the new reading every day. How do I go about doing this correctly? I don’t know if I need to write a script or even how to do it. Please help!

  212. This code is help ful for me but i am having one more requirement with this

    I have to pass the file name as parameter from front end
    can an one give me the syntax for that

    thanks in advance……..

  213. I tried like the below code but it is showing the error as

    “Incorrect syntax near the keyword ‘with’. If this statement is a common table expression or an xmlnamespaces clause, the previous statement must be terminated with a semicolon.”

    ALTER PROCEDURE clientdata
    @FileName varchar(30)
    AS
    BEGIN
    BULK
    INSERT usedoubleauthmode FROM @FileName
    WITH
    (
    FIELDTERMINATOR = ‘,’,
    ROWTERMINATOR = ‘\n’
    )
    END

    • Use this

      ALTER PROCEDURE clientdata
      @FileName varchar(30)
      AS
      BEGIN

      declare @sql varchar(1000)
      set @sq='BULK INSERT usedoubleauthmode
      FROM ”'+@FileName+”'
      WITH ( FIELDTERMINATOR='';”, ROWTERMINATOR=''\\n'')'
      EXEC(@sql)

      END

  214. Thanks , this is very useful.
    I have some questions about this bulk.
    I have the table that has 15 columns and the excel file has 10 fields. I would like to import this excel file and another data into this table. Could I use this bulk for this case? If I can use this bulk How should I do?

  215. when i was doing the same thing as it had described the above article i tried more then 3 time but it is no taking my first row at all and showing me the error ‘Bulk load data conversion error (type mismatch or invalid character for the specified codepage) for row 1, column 1 (ID)’
    wht can i do for this

  216. @sarika,

    Please provide below information,

    What is your Source, Text File or Excel Sheet.
    What kind of data are you trying to insert in first column, what is the data type of First column in the destination table.

    Try changing datatype of first column in destination table to Nvarchar(255) and then try to do bulkinsert, if data loads into your table then problem is with your source, you need to format your source and remove invalid characters from your source first column.

    ~ IM.

  217. @Sarika

    Hai Sarika…

    U r sending the 1st column as int from excel to db, but in db u r not declared that 1st first column as in.

    Thanks & Regards
    MV Nagarjuna Rao.

  218. I want catch bulk insert errors in a file. I tried with adding ERRORFILE option in bulk insert but it doesn’t work.
    Please, guide on this.

      • Actually – I DO get an error file created when I use the ERRORFILE option with Bulk Insert. But my biggest complaint is that the .Error.Txt file that gets created with it is useless. In the MESSAGE window of the console I get a nice descriptive error such as:
        The bulk load failed. Unexpected NULL value in data file row 7263, column 6. The destination column (EffDate) is defined as NOT NULL.

        But in the .Error.Txt file it just says:
        Row 7263 File Offset 246943 ErrorFile Offset 26 – HRESULT 0x80004005

        NOT very helpful.

  219. insert INTO tbL_excel
    SELECT *
    FROM OPENROWSET(‘Microsoft.Jet.OLEDB.4.0′,
    ‘Excel 8.0;Database=\\pc31\C\Testexcel.xls’,
    ‘SELECT * FROM [Sheet1$]‘)

    anybody help me solve this.

    Local Excel sheet to SQL(Remote) Server

  220. Anyone help me do a bulk export ? Im trying to get sql tables from SQL Server 2005 into SQL Server Compact … thanks !

  221. Hey ! Its really nice & simple !!

    But when I’m doing it from an excel 2003 file, few of the columns in the table shows as “null” whereas its actually not (“Text” as for e.g).

    and also plz help how to updat the SQL table automatically by manually updating the rows/columns of the source excel file ?

  222. hi,

    I have a similar question. How to read a file name(.tif) in SQL stored proc and split the file name and compare that with some already defined strings and if that is valid then i need to insert that name as a column field in a .txt file and save. If that is not a valid keyword while comparing the already defined once, that file has been moved from the current folder and moved to the Rejected folder.

    Please advise.

    Thanks
    Meghana

  223. i for got mention an example

    This is the path that i have read the files like :-
    \\C:\Faxes\AI in this i have a file like this 8AIL998HOT.tif
    now i have read the and compare the file name like 8 is company code and it was defined as ‘008-lucky group LLC’,AIL was defined as “Airline Southwest” …and so on like that
    i need to read that file name and save those values in the .txt file.

    the o/p txt.file looks like :-
    ‘0008-lucky group LLC’,’Airline Southwest’,’0998′,’HOT’,’\\C:\Faxes\AI\8AIL998HOT.tif’

    like this all the entried have to be saved in the .txt file.

    I have to write a Stored Proc. Please share your thoughts.

    thanks
    Meghana

  224. Hi Pinal,

    I am using bulk insert to copy data from text file to SQL server table.

    I want to know the number of rows affected by bulk insert, to know whether all rows in the file are copied or not.

    Also I want to generate error file if any error occured while bulk inserting data file.

    Please, guide

    Thanks

  225. Hi Ningappa,

    To import excel sheet to remote server, either you should able to access remote server on your local and process excel file OR you need to copy excel file on remote server and access it using OPENRowSet as Madhivanan specified.

    Thanks,

    Tejas
    SQLYoga.com

  226. Hii

    i am new to SQl, i have given a task of importing excel files in a folder to 1 table in SQL2008 and it should not have any duplicate row.

    All files are having same field.

    How to do this? Please help.

  227. Hi,
    First my java code downloads some file from a ftp location then execute a sql server procedure to bulk insert this file into a tbale but I am getting an error that this file cannot be processed as it is currently used by some other process..

    Can you please help me what can be done to fix this problem?

  228. Hi Pinal

    I have a text file with fixed length data values in each row with no delimiters. As the number of data rows are huge, i cannot convert it to a CSV. How do I import the data from the text file to the database table.

    Table structure is
    Number Char 16
    Name Char 15
    Amount Decimal 15,2
    Ticker Char 3
    date datetime 8

    the txt file row is of the form
    0001CAQMJ60010001-00265890-01Abraham Jones EC01-02-07 18449.09USD

    desired result
    Number = 0001-00265890-01
    Name = Abraham Jones
    Amount = 18449.09
    Ticker = USD
    date = 01-02-07

  229. i want to use the following store procedure for bulk insert from csv to table , i have about 20 files and 20 tables

    set ANSI_NULLS ON
    –set QUOTED_IDENTIFIER OFF
    GO

    ALTER PROCEDURE [dbo].[ps_Bulk_Import]

    @tableName varchar(10),
    @PathFileName varchar(100)

    AS

    DECLARE @SQL varchar(2000)

    BEGIN
    SET @SQL = ‘BULK INSERT ‘”+@tableName+”‘ FROM ‘”+@PathFileName+”‘ WITH (FIELDTERMINATOR = ‘,’,ROWTERMINATOR = ‘\n’) ‘
    END

    EXEC (@SQL)

    when i tried the above code it gives me error

    Msg 102, Level 15, State 1, Line 1
    Incorrect syntax near ‘Testtable’.
    Msg 319, Level 15, State 1, Line 1
    Incorrect syntax near the keyword ‘with’. If this statement is a common table expression or an xmlnamespaces clause, the previous statement must be terminated with a semicolon.

    Any body help to achive this task.thanks
    Shoukat

    • The part

      SET @SQL = ‘BULK INSERT ‘”+@tableName+”‘ FROM ‘”+@PathFileName+”‘ WITH (FIELDTERMINATOR = ‘,’,ROWTERMINATOR = ‘\n’) ‘

      should be

      SET @SQL = ‘BULK INSERT ‘”+@tableName+”‘ FROM ‘”+@PathFileName+”‘ WITH (FIELDTERMINATOR = ‘’,’’,ROWTERMINATOR = ‘‘\n’’) ‘

  230. Hi all

    i want to export a CSV file in to a table excluding the file row . Could any one of you give me a saple query .

    Thanks in advance

  231. Hi all

    I want to import a csv file in to a table , and i want to exclude the first row of the CSV file while importing .

    can any one of you help me witha sample query .

    Thanks in Advance

  232. Hi Madhivanan,

    when i tried this

    SET @SQL = ‘BULK INSERT ‘+@tableName+’ FROM ‘+@PathFileName+’ WITH (FIELDTERMINATOR = ”,”, ROWTERMINATOR = ”\n”)’

    it seems good. i mean when i tried @tablename is test(which exist in my database) and PathFileName is temp(a file that does not exist). it give me error file dose not exist. but when i pass D:temp.csv then it give me error like

    Msg 102, Level 15, State 1, Line 1
    Incorrect syntax near ‘D’.
    Msg 319, Level 15, State 1, Line 1
    Incorrect syntax near the keyword ‘with’. If this statement is a common table expression or an xmlnamespaces clause, the previous statement must be terminated with a semicolon.

    (1 row(s) affected)

    i will be gratefull for your help. thanks

    Shoukat

  233. Hi Pinalkumar,

    Thanks for this awesome blog, great source of info.

    I used your code to import data from a csv file which worked great, just need some help in automating this by using SQL Agent Job.

    Code:
    ————————–
    USE CSVTestData
    GO

    BULK
    INSERT CSVTest
    FROM ‘c:\Test\csvtest.txt’
    WITH
    (
    FIELDTERMINATOR = ‘,’,
    ROWTERMINATOR = ‘\n’
    )
    GO
    —————————–

    Questions:
    – What the best way to automate the above code and how?
    – How do I use SQL Job Agent to automate this, Can I create a stored procedure and put this code in there and then call (Schedule) it from SQL Job Agent?

    Thanks much,
    Warraich

  234. Hi,

    I’ve a 45 GB file and I am using bulk insert to import it. its working fine but taking alot of time(9-10 hours). Any ideas to improve its performance would be highly appreciated.

    Thanks,
    Kusum

  235. –Drop the table to clean up database.
    SELECT *
    FROM CSVTest
    GO

    ====================Q==================
    Drop table syntax is not written in the given code…

  236. This helped but when I run i next time it repeats the records, what query do i need to remove existing records.

    Regards,
    Khalid

  237. What should i do to move table1 in my database which is at last position, how can i move it upward or place it upward among tables. Secondaly it will be highly appreciated if any one gives me a query, the scenerio is that when I create a table so it should get created even if it already exists, and drops the old table.

    Regards.
    Khalid

  238. Hi ,

    the solution works great however any suggestions if the data has comma part of it? the data is between two double quotes “”

    example:

    1, “a,b”
    2,a
    3,b
    4,c

    the condition “FIELDTERMINATOR = ‘,’,” causes the data “a,b” is being considered as having a third field

  239. Hi.
    I have some txt large files that contains about 3milion records. I used Bulk and in about 2 minute one of them inserted into my table.
    For that txt file format and my table format are difference, I create SP and in it,create a temp table(#t) and copied data by bulk into it, then inserted all in my table.
    But from insert completed time to now(about 6hours), sqlserver process memory usage is very large(about 300MB) and also after restart get this amount of memory.Why?I drop temp table in end of SP.Why sql server memory usage is so big?!?!?! What do I do?

    • @Pooneh

      Just my guess, try doing this.

      Method 1: Create a Clustered Index on Temp table in the stored procedure before loading data into temp table.

      Method 2: Instead of Temp Table, use Permanent (Staging) table and create Clustered Index on the table and see the performance impact.

      Check your join Conditions if you have used any, if you think you can make join conditions columns Integer by using Convert (int, Column_name) could improve performance. If you are using any other table to join with temp table, check if indexes are created on other table.

      Let us know if this was helpful. Or if you solved this issue with any other method, if so please share it here, so that we all can benefit with the information.

      ~ IM.

  240. Hi

    I have a .dat file with 700+ records; I am only getting 410 rows of data inserted. I have not noticed any difference in the format in the data files. What could be the problem?

    Thanks,

  241. Thank you for the article. Unfortunately, as my app’s database resides on a server that is also used by other apps from other developers, i dont have the right permissions.

    From the microsoft website:
    “Only members of the sysadmin and bulkadmin fixed server roles can execute BULK INSERT.”

    http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/aa225968%28SQL.80%29.aspx

    Apparently the the ‘bulk admin’ role is a server wide role, so bulk access means bulk access to *every database*.

    • Thanks for the query.

      I have a table with 6 columns, but csv with 5 columns, i need to save one default value to that column, is it possible in this statement.

      for example if the file contais 50,000 line then the first 10,000 records have the value 1 and next 10,000 records have the value 2 and so on….

      Thanks in advance.

  242. Hi,
    Thanks for the query.

    I have a table with 6 columns, but csv with 5 columns, i need to save one default value to that column, is it possible in this statement.

    for example if the file contains 50,000 line then the first 10,000 records have the value 1 and next 10,000 records have the value 2 and so on….

    Thanks in advance..

  243. Hi Pinal,

    Thank you for the excellent article here, I was very useful.
    I have query regarding the same, I am importing the csv file data and it’s working fine, but need to format data while BULK Insert.
    My Data format is

    ID,Name,Age,Location
    “1”,”James”,”25″,”London”
    “2”,”Smith”,”30″,”New York”
    “3”,”Tom”,”28″,”Munich”

    While Bulk insert the data is inserted alogn with the quotes “” , becoz my filedSeperator = “,”.
    Here I need to remove the quotes, is there any way we can do that.

    Thanks
    Vijay

    • Vijay,

      Did anyone respond or did you find a solution? I have the exact same scenario and have not been able to find a work around for the bulk load.

  244. Hi

    Can anybody tell me how can i import data in excel file through bulk insert query

    bulk insert tbllaningpages
    from ‘E:\landing-page.xls’
    WITH (FIELDTERMINATOR = ‘ ‘,ROWTERMINATOR = ‘\n’)
    GO

    above is my query but its raise an error

    table have eight column and 1 identity column

    Ajay

  245. hi friend,
    I need a urgent help,
    i am installed ssis 2005 , now i want to integreate excel bulk data into my data base in ssis 2005.
    i am new to this, pls explain with screen shots,

    because in ssis 2008 they give a option for import

    in 2005 how can i do
    pls help me urgent help

  246. Hi,

    I want to convert the date value in a CSV file which is in the format 20100513 into dd/mm/yyyy when importing into the table

  247. Hai

    I need code for,

    How can i import data from excel file to SQL server2000 in vb.net2005.

    I need d code in clear manner with clear step.

    Can anyone help me?

    Regards

    Sowmi.

  248. Hai Mr.Madhivanan,

    Thanks for ur reply,

    But am new to vb.net.

    I don’t know where to write d code dat u have posted.

    Can u give full code.

    Thanks in advance.

    Regards

    Sowmi.

  249. Hi.. All,,

    Select col1 from test

    O/p

    Col1
    1
    2
    3

    But I need to display the col1 like this

    col1
    1,2,3

    It is Possible to display like this, i need the query, Please help me

  250. hello pinal,

    i have to import the data from notepad to sql server 2005.

    notepad contains the data:-

    BILLING_ENGINE_ID=41|SCP_ID=54342002|SEQUENCE_NUMBER=70196863|CDR_TYPE=1|RECORD_DATE=20100428102018

    Billing_engine,scp_id,sequence_number,cdr_type,record_date are the column names.

    Import the data from column fields to 41,54342002,70196863
    like that

    can u help me regarding this issue

    Thanks & regards
    kalyan

  251. I used the above coding in sql server 2005 but i am getting below errow. Pls can you help me?

    Msg 4860, Level 16, State 1, Line 1
    Cannot bulk load. The file “c:\csvtest.txt” does not exist.

  252. Hi sir,

    I tried out the above coding in sql server 2005 but I am getting below error: can you help me why i am getting this error

    Msg 4860, Level 16, State 1, Line 1
    Cannot bulk load. The file “c:\csvtest.txt” does not exist.

    Regards,
    Poongodi

  253. good day sir,

    tried the above script and it worked..thanks..

    i have one issue though..is there any way i can verify if the source file is in the correct format or if the file is really a csv file before running the script..

    thank you sir..

  254. i would like to ask how can i insert the csv file created in linux..?

    this had some issue in row terminator…

    tnx in advance…

  255. Hi
    Bulk insert by itself seems to work fine, but combined with IDENTITY option set, its not working for me as expected…

    I have a CSV file with a few columns, lets keep the example simple:
    Row 1: x,a
    Row2: y,b
    Row3 z,c

    I use the following to create a table:
    CREATE TABLE testTable
    (testTableID int PRIMARY KEY IDENTITY(1,1),
    frameNo VARCHAR(40),
    relTime VARCHAR(40),)

    I then try and populate the table with the

    BULK
    INSERT testTable
    FROM ‘C:\data\tshark_csv\test.csv’
    WITH
    (
    FIELDTERMINATOR = ‘,’,
    ROWTERMINATOR = ‘\n’
    )

    It doesn’t work. I want it to generate the first column with unique numbers per row with increment 1. The first column (x for the first row) should be placed in the second column of the table (as it should do because of the IDENTITY feature… instead it fails. If however I put a comma in front of every row so the row one for example looks like ,x,a then it works.
    Any ideas how I can fix this. I don’t want to first have to manipulate the CSV file…lets face it – CSV files don’t start with commas….they only use them to separate columns…

    Any ideas?

  256. hi sir.., hope you can help me on this…
    if found out that the address is a unicode “unicode string”
    it has an error executing the below code how to declare data types unicode specially “Address VARCHAR(MAX)”

    CREATE TABLE CSVTest
    (ID INT,
    FirstName VARCHAR(40),
    LastName VARCHAR(40),
    Address VARCHAR(MAX),
    BirthDate SMALLDATETIME)
    GO

    BULK
    INSERT CSVTest
    FROM ‘c:\csvtest.txt’
    WITH
    (
    FIELDTERMINATOR = ‘|’,
    ROWTERMINATOR = ‘\n’
    )
    GO

    thank you and more power…

  257. How can I import a .csv file from a local PC where run vb.Net aplication to a remote SQL Server where I need to up the .csv data on a SQL Server Table.

  258. hi i’m getting the error message “The Bulk Insert construct or statement is not supported.” I’m using SQL Server 2005.

  259. Buenas tardes tengo casi el mismo problema que todos comence una plicacion en visual net 2008 en donde pretendo importar archivos txt a una base de datos en sql server. son 90 archvios de 45 tiendas es decir tienda1entrada
    tienda1salida
    tienda2entradas
    tienda2salidas
    y asi hasta llegar a la
    tienda45 con sus entradas y salidas.
    las 45 tiendas mandan 2 archvios de txt cada una
    haciendo un total de 90 txt que se guardan en c:\Impotacion
    de alli tengo que tomar los 90 archvios y por medio de mi aplicacion cargarlos en un base de datos de sql que tiene las tablas de entradas y salidas de cada una de las tiendas es decir serian 90 tablas ya echas y con una estructura que debo respetar el ejemplo de los txt es
    08;1743;27;03;9311;00005;13012011;0;70;10 tengo que ver la manera de mandar esos 90 txt a cada una de sustablas en la base de datos algun codigo para mandar todo de la carpeta a cada uno de sus tablas.

  260. Is there a way to set it to do this automatically 2-3 times a day? I’m trying to to figure out how to import a set of data into my database 2-3 times a day.

  261. Worked perfect, thanks. How about if you need to import multiple files with different names. Can you use some kind of wildcard? For example if I have textfile.01, textfile.02..etc, is there a way to import all files in the folder who’s name starts with textfile?

    Thanks!

  262. Hi i want to know that how can i assign a value dynamically to the bulk copy method, following is the code
    using (CsvDataReader csvData = new CsvDataReader(FileUpload_participant.PostedFile.InputStream, Encoding.Default))
    {

    value = Convert.ToInt32(ddl_select_Participant.SelectedValue);
    csvData.Settings.HasHeaders = true;
    csvData.Columns.Add(“nvarchar”); // Rater Name
    csvData.Columns.Add(“nvarchar”); // Rater EmailID
    csvData.Columns.Add(“varchar”); //Participant ID
    using (SqlBulkCopy bulkCopy = new SqlBulkCopy(“Data Source=development;Initial Catalog= Program;User ID=sa;Password=test456″))
    {
    bulkCopy.DestinationTableName = “CEE_form_Table_Rater”;
    bulkCopy.ColumnMappings.Add(“Rater Name”, “Rater_Name”); // map Rater Name to Rater_Name
    bulkCopy.ColumnMappings.Add(“Rater EmailID”, “Rater_Email”); // map Rater EmailID to Rater_Email
    bulkCopy.ColumnMappings.GetType(“value”);//, “Participant_id”);
    bulkCopy.WriteToServer(csvData);

    }

    }

    bulkCopy.ColumnMappings.GetType(“value”);//, — for this thing i want to pass a paramater…. to obtain the participant ID.

  263. Please assist me am trying to import data from an excell file with the name template.csv to a sql server 2008 database but am having problems that is “There was an error parsing the query. [ Token line number = 1,Token line offset = 10,Token in error = INTO ]” i have also tried using BULK but still the same error that is “There was an error parsing the query. [ Token line number = 1,Token line offset = 10,Token in error = BULK ]” My code is as follows

    SELECT * INTO template
    OPENROWSET
    (
    MSDASQL,DRIVER={Microsoft Excel Driver(AccountType.csv)},
    DBQ=D:\CSV\AccountType.csv,
    SELECT * FROM AccountType
    )

    Also the second code i have used is…

    BULK INSERT
    INTO AccountType
    FROM D:\CSV\AccountType.csv
    WITH
    (
    BATCHSIZE=7
    ROWS_PER_BATCH=7
    CHECK_CONSTRAINTS
    CODEPAGE=RAW

    FIELDTERMINATOR=’,’,
    ROWTERMINATOR=’\n’
    )
    Please Assist

  264. Hi.
    When i am using given bulk import command in SQL 2005 srever. I got the error msg.

    BULK INSERT test FROM ‘d:\db\AreaCode.txt’

    WITH
    (
    ROWTERMINATOR = ‘\n’
    )

    GO

    Error Shows:

    Msg 4861, Level 16, State 1, Line 5
    Cannot bulk load because the file “d:\db\AreaCode.txt” could not be opened. Operating system error code 21(The device is not ready.).

    Kindly provide the solution what’s the issue and how to fix this.

  265. Hi, do you mind to help me on this?

    I was wondering how am I going to get some values from a text file. Here is an example from a TEXT file.

    666,666,666.00 555,555,555.00 444,444,444.00
    999,999,999.00 888,888,888.00 777,777.00

    I am using “BULK INSERT TBTest2 FROM ‘c:\testfile.txt’ WITH (FIELDTERMINATOR = ‘ ‘, ROWTERMINATOR = ‘\n’)” to get value from this text file.
    It is successful when it read and insert into database for first row because every value has a gap with a “space”.
    But when it read to second row, it wont work for value 777,777.00 because it detected more than one “space” between 888,888,888.00 and 777,777.00.

  266. Hi

    Can anybody help me how to import data(email addresses) from sql server2000 in to Microsoft outlook express 6.

    My main aim is to send company newsletter to all account holder.Most of them have email address.

    Do i need to run a query in server to find out all email address and then export these to a csv file.Or you have a better solution for that.

    Can I send it from Mozilla thunder bird.

    Please please please give the answer ASAP.

    Thanks
    Dipu

  267. Hi All,
    i am new to DB.I have a question , i want to compare SQL server table values to CSV values. how can i do that?
    Thanks,
    SN42647

  268. I have an Excel spreadsheet. How can I, using openrowset, or using bulk insert (for CSV), insert only specific columns from that spreadsheet into a table? Like, if I have 10 columns in the XLS/CSV, how can I import only the 5th, 6th and 7th columns? Additionally, how do I import all rows from the 5th one to the last but 4th or 5th one? Please post a reply soon. Thanks in advance!

  269. Hi,

    Im trying to execute this sql statement and it gives me an error:

    BULK
    insert table_name
    FROM ‘C:\Documents and Settings\shibammk\My Documents\BrandRefresh\filename.txt’
    WITH
    (
    FIELDTERMINATOR = ‘,’,
    ROWTERMINATOR = ‘\n’
    )

    All I want to do is load a csv file to update my details using sql.

  270. hi Dave,
    today i m stuck with a problem,
    i have 1crore data in csv format,
    when i use bulk insert statment it gives following error:

    Msg 4866, Level 16, State 1, Line 2
    The bulk load failed. The column is too long in the data file for row 1, column 5. Verify that the field terminator and row terminator are specified correctly.
    Msg 7399, Level 16, State 1, Line 2
    The OLE DB provider “BULK” for linked server “(null)” reported an error. The provider did not give any information about the error.
    Msg 7330, Level 16, State 2, Line 2
    Cannot fetch a row from OLE DB provider “BULK” for linked server “(null)”.

    i checked all fieldelminator, roweliminator,column name every thing is fine.
    thanks in advance,

  271. format example of csv:
    “123”,”amit”,”mumbai”

    bulk insert table1
    from ‘d:\test.csv’
    with(fieldeliminator=’,’,
    roweliminator=’\n’)

  272. Sorry sir but this code doesnot work it give the error like

    Cannot bulk load. The file “C:\csvtest.csv” does not exist.

  273. Hi I am a bit rusty with SQL, please can you help with Bulk insert on SQL 2005, getting error .
    Thank you very much

    Msg 2714, Level 16, State 6, Line 1
    There is already an object named ‘Data5′ in the database.
    Msg 4861, Level 16, State 1, Line 5
    Cannot bulk load because the file “c:\Agent\Agent.txt” could not be opened. Operating system error code 3(The system cannot find the path specified.).

    Coding is:

    USE [Agentdata]
    GO
    /****** Object: Table [dbo].[Data] Script Date: 04/06/2011 15:08:06 ******/
    SET ANSI_NULLS ON
    GO
    SET QUOTED_IDENTIFIER ON
    GO
    SET ANSI_PADDING ON
    GO
    CREATE TABLE [dbo].[Data5](
    [Machine] [nvarchar](50) COLLATE SQL_Latin1_General_CP1_CI_AS NOT NULL,
    [DateTime] [datetime] NOT NULL,
    [I/i] [char](1) COLLATE SQL_Latin1_General_CP1_CI_AS NOT NULL,
    [number] [nchar](6) COLLATE SQL_Latin1_General_CP1_CI_AS NOT NULL,
    [process] [nchar](10) COLLATE SQL_Latin1_General_CP1_CI_AS NOT NULL,
    [action] [nvarchar](150) COLLATE SQL_Latin1_General_CP1_CI_AS NULL
    ) ON [PRIMARY]

    GO
    SET ANSI_PADDING OFF
    GO
    USE [Agentdata]
    GO
    ALTER TABLE [dbo].[Data] WITH CHECK ADD CONSTRAINT [FK_Data_Machine] FOREIGN KEY([Machine])
    REFERENCES [dbo].[Machine] ([Machine name])

    BULK INSERT Data4
    FROM ‘c:\Agent\Agent.log’
    WITH
    (
    FIELDTERMINATOR = ‘\t’,
    ROWTERMINATOR = ‘\n’
    )

  274. my file is 20 MB
    contain different records in rows

    01^035^0801^11^02^02^C^00001^2010^0021^300^^AAZPY7835N^ VENUGOPALKRISHNA YIDAGUR VENKATARAMAIAH^NO.63/3,BEHIND UNANI^MEDICAL INSTITUTE,^SUNKADAKATTE,^BANGALORE^^15^560091^^000000009664^000000000000^000000000290^INTE^000000000396^^000000000000^^000000000000^000000000000^000000000000^0000000010350^I0246^T^020211^020211^722005^I0309^040211
    08^035^0205^10^03^15^R^00008^^0021^^MD^^000000000000^000000000000^000000000000^^000000000000^^000000000000^^000000000000^000000000000^000000000000^0000000000000^0000000010000^-000000010000^I0244^020211^722005^I0309^040211
    02^035^0181^035^0061^0020^00002^00000^0000000003105^^C0240^020211^722005^C0309^040211

    how i can do this

  275. Hii,
    I am importing data from excel file in Sql server 2005
    and I tried following query but It returns an error messege

    insert INTO aba
    SELECT *
    FROM OPENROWSET(‘Microsoft.Jet.OLEDB.4.0′,
    ‘Excel 8.0;Database=d:\book1.xls’,
    ‘SELECT * FROM [Sheet1$]‘)

    error message is:

    OLE DB provider “Microsoft.Jet.OLEDB.4.0″ for linked server “(null)” returned message “Unspecified error”.
    Msg 7303, Level 16, State 1, Line 1
    Cannot initialize the data source object of OLE DB provider “Microsoft.Jet.OLEDB.4.0″ for linked server “(null)”.

    How to fix it

  276. Hi,
    I have 21 million rows and 7 columns of data. Total size of CSV file is 2.3 gigs. Can I use export import wizard for nulk insert?
    Nanda Kishore

  277. Hi pinal,
    I am getting error while trying to import from excel file to sql server using network path.
    Here is my code

    insert INTO Temp_TS_Contract_Document_Staging
    SELECT *
    FROM OPENROWSET(‘Microsoft.Jet.OLEDB.4.0′,
    ‘Excel 8.0;Database=\\computername\PDF Attachment\format_images1.xls’,’SELECT * FROM [Sheet1$]‘)

    Msg 7399, Level 16, State 1, Line 1
    The OLE DB provider “Microsoft.Jet.OLEDB.4.0″ for linked server “(null)” reported an error. The provider did not give any information about the error.
    Msg 7303, Level 16, State 1, Line 1
    Cannot initialize the data source object of OLE DB provider “Microsoft.Jet.OLEDB.4.0″ for linked server “(null)”.

    while it works fine in local
    insert INTO Temp_TS_Contract_Document_Staging
    SELECT *
    FROM OPENROWSET(‘Microsoft.Jet.OLEDB.4.0′,
    ‘Excel 8.0;Database=C:\PDF Attachment\format_images1.xls’,’SELECT * FROM [Sheet1$]‘)

    Please help me , shold i need to set any permission in the folder as well as in SQL server.
    Thanks in advance.

  278. Sno Sname
    1,2 Sreenivas
    3,4 Reddy
    5,6 Raja
    7,8 Reddy
    I want like the following table
    Sno Sname
    1 Sreenivas
    2 Sreenivas
    3 Reddy
    4 Reddy
    5 Raja
    6 Raja
    7 Reddy
    8 reddy

    in ssis

  279. Hi Pinal,

    I am using BULK INSERT against a SQL Server 2005 Express database on Windows Vista. The authentication is SQL Server using the built in sa account.

    When I attempt to run a bulk insert using a file placed in the Windows User’s Temp Folder (C:\Users\Michael McDonald\AppData\Local\Temp) I get the following error:

    SQLException: Cannot bulk load because the file … could not be opened. Operating system error code 5(Access is denied.)

    I can delete the file manually, and my c# code creates the file with no worries. I run the exact same code against a SQL Server 2008 DB using Windows Authentication, and it works just fine?

    Is there something I need to do to “map” the sa user in the SQL Server 2005 Express to use the current Window’s user’s temporary folder?

    Any insight you could provide would be much appreciated. I search the net high and low…with no success.

    • @Michael

      I guess you have to give permissions to (domain or Local) Account on which SQL Server Service is running to the file located in Temp folder.

      You are connecting to SQL Server under sa account, this has nothing to do with file permission on OS to SQL Server. SQL Server Service Account should have access to file in temp folder (According to your example).

      Another scenario I could think of is, If you are running this script as a schedule job, then SQL Server Agent Service Account should have access to this file in temp folder.

      Another scenario could be, the file you are trying to access is on your local computer and not on the server where SQL Server is installed. SQL Server always look for file on its OS and not on Client OS. In this case you will have to move file to a folder on Server and refer to that path in your sql script.

      I would start my debugging by giving public access to the file in temp folder to public and see if it works, and go from there…

      ~ IM.

  280. I am having values in TABLE X,Y.a is common for 2 tables …how can i update Y table values in X tables
    Ex:

    Table X :column A B C
    1 0 0

    Table Y:Column A D E
    1 12 12

    i need UPDATE table X like this : A B C
    1 12 12
    table Y column D value should transfer to X column B value
    table Y column E value should transfer to X column C value

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  282. hi … i used this method mail by you for bulk insertion via ssis
    SQL SERVER – Import CSV File into Database Table Using SSIS

    but i am unable to understand,how it insert a text file data in sql data table.kindly inform it

    thanks

  283. Thanks for posting this! It’s good to know that MS SQL has such a feature.

    Another note to learners: notice that the strings in the CSV are _not_ quoted. If this SQL script is used with quoted strings, the quotation marks are interpreted as part of the string itself.

  284. BULK
    INSERT raja_csvtest
    FROM ‘\\192.168.73.47\D\IndusInd\rrr.csv’
    WITH
    (
    FIELDTERMINATOR = ‘,’,
    ROWTERMINATOR = ‘\n’
    )

    i used this code

    and got this error
    Msg 4861, Level 16, State 1, Line 2
    Cannot bulk load because the file “\\192.168.73.47\D\IndusInd\rrr.csv” could not be opened. Operating system error code 53(The network path was not found.).

    that ip is of mine machine and sqlserver at another machine

    pls help .

  285. Ok, So I am getting the following error, which seems odd.

    Msg 4864, Level 16, State 1, Line 3
    Bulk load data conversion error (type mismatch or invalid character for the specified codepage) for row 129, column 4 (BirthDay).

    Now my csv is formatted in the same way yours is I have added 1 field:

    1,Aaron,Aaberg,19700926,MALE

    But if I do the following:

    INSERT INTO Test.BulkInsert (FirstName, LastName, Birthday, Gender)
    VALUES (‘Test’, ‘Me’, 19851118, ‘Male’)

    Works fine? What gives? I have tried everything under the sun. If I use INT as the data type for Birthday import works fine. I have tried to then CAST and or CONVERT the in and I get an arithmetic overflow obviously.

  286. H~23500~I~16052011~002~16052011095015
    D~1~1202350000205178~INE040H01021~751504~500.000~102~13052011124514~16052011000000~S~~291~1110001112029~~~16052011090150~0~~~~0~0~~~~N~0~~500.000~0.000~0.000~0.000~2~30~2215~0~829803/9009867~~~DPADM~2~16052011090156~~~~~~~
    D~1~1202350000002200~INE040H01021~751482~500.000~102~13052011124514~16052011000000~S~~291~1110001112029~~~16052011090150~0~~~~0~0~~~~N~0~~500.000~0.000~0.000~0.000~2~30~2215~0~829854/273427~~~DPADM~2~16052011090156~~~~~~~
    D~1~1202350000230405~INE040H01021~751384~100.000~102~13052011124514~16052011000000~S~~291~1110001112029~~~16052011090149~0~~~~0~0~~~~N~0~~100.000~0.000~0.000~0.000~2~30~2215~0~829765/9009867~~~DPADM~2~16052011090156~~~~~~~
    D~1~1202350000222453~INE040H01021~751362~200.000~102~13052011124514~16052011000000~S~~291~1110001112029~~~16052011090149~0~~~~0~0~~~~N~0~~200.000~0.000~0.000~0.000~2~30~2215~0~829743/9009867~~~DPADM~2~16052011090156~~~~~~~
    D~1~1202350000176665~INE275A01028~751434~25.000~102~13052011124514~16052011000000~S~~291~1110001112029~~~16052011090146~0~~~~0~0~~~~N~0~~25.000~0.000~0.000~0.000~2~30~2215~0~829830/9009867~~~DPADM~2~16052011090159~~~~~~~
    D~1~1202350000167614~INE275A01028~751413~50.000~102~13052011124514~16052011000000~S~~291~1110001112029~~~16052011090146~0~~~~0~0~~~~N~0~~50.000~0.000~0.000~0.000~2~30~2215~0~829794/9009867~~~DPADM~2~16052011090159~~~~~~~
    D~1~1202350000091621~INE275A01028~751408~50.000~102~13052011124514~16052011000000~S~~291~1110001112029~~~16052011090146~0~~~~0~0~~~~N~0~~50.000~0.000~0.000~0.000~2~30~2215~0~829789/9009867~~~DPADM~2~16052011090159~~~~~~~
    D~1~1202350000169704~INE275A01028~751506~20.000~102~13052011124514~16052011000000~S~~291~1110001112029~~~16052011090146~0~~~~0~0~~~~N~0~~20.000~0.000~0.000~0.000~2~30~2215~0~829805/9009867~~~DPADM~2~16052011090159~~~~~~~
    D~1~1202350000140254~INE275A01028~751350~100.000~102~13052011124514~16052011000000~S~~291~1110001112029~~~16052011090146~0~~~~0~0~~~~N~0~~100.000~0.000~0.000~0.000~2~30~2215~0~829731/9009867~~~DPADM~2~16052011090159~~~~~~~
    D~1~1202350000118127~INE015A01028~751518~20.000~102~13052011124514~16052011000000~S~~291~1110001112029~~~16052011090200~0~~~~0~0~~~~N~0~~20.000~0.000~0.000~0.000~2~30~2215~0~829817/9009867~~~DPADM~2~16052011090203~~~~~~~
    D~1~1202350000000028~INE124G01033~751526~300.000~102~13052011124623~16052011000000~S~~291~1110001112029~~~16052011090200~0~~~~0~0~~~~N~0~~300.000~0.000~0.000~0.000~2~30~2215~0~829858/272746~~~DPADM~2~16052011090204~~~~~~~
    D~1~1202350000226667~INE124G01033~751414~100.000~102~13052011124514~16052011000000~S~~291~1110001112029~~~16052011090200~0~~~~0~0~~~~N~0~~100.000~0.000~0.000~0.000~2~30~2215~0~829795/9009867~~~DPADM~2~16052011090204~~~~~~~
    D~1~1202350000000028~INE124G01033~751527~250.000~102~13052011124623~16052011000000~S~~291~1110001112029~~~16052011090200~0~~~~0~0~~~~N~0~~250.000~0.000~0.000~0.000~2~30~2215~0~829858/272746~~~DPADM~2~16052011090204~~~~~~~
    D~1~1202350000002200~INE330H01018~751480~1.000~102~13052011124514~16052011000000~S~~291~1110001112029~~~16052011090201~0~~~~0~0~~~~N~0~~1.000~0.000~0.000~0.000~2~30~2215~0~829854/273427~~~DPADM~2~16052011090204~~~~~~~
    D~4~1202350000000028~INE111B01023~851339~102000.000~409~16052011000000~16052011000000~~1100001000013802~291~1110001112030~~~16052011000000~0~~~~0~0~~~~~0~~0.000~0.000~0.000~0.000~1~79~2277~0~900-9868~~~DPADM~1~16052011092010~~~~~~~
    D~1~1202350000245006~INE775B01025~851360~50.000~101~16052011092800~16052011092800~S~~291~1110001112029~~~~0~~~~0~0~~~~N~0~~0.000~0.000~0.000~0.000~0~0~4449~0~829872/305811~~~DPADM~2~16052011092800~~~~~~~
    T~187~16052011~16052011095015

    where H is for header…D for Details…T for summary…I have to create a stored procedure to import a file which is in above format….how to import it …plz help me….Thanx in advance…

  287. Hi pinal,i am a developer from srilanka. thanx for this sql code. i tried to upload two csv files(with different data with same CSV structure) to a table.but first time it worked and second time it gave me this error,

    “Violation of PRIMARY KEY constraint ‘PK__Summarised_Tradi__7C8480AE’. Cannot insert duplicate key in object ‘dbo.Summarised_Trading_Statics_Monthly'”

    i want to know this because i have daily files(CSV files) to import to my table.plz help me. thank you pinal.

  288. hi.. ho if i wnt to exclude some sql column value??
    for ex:
    the sql table is like this

    no|name|tlf
    —————

    if there is no value for tlf the csv file will be like what?

    1,john,738283
    2,carla,NULL
    3.alex,838384

    is it right?

  289. Hi ,

    Please help me out as it is very usgent issue and i am taking long time to solve it.

    I want to import all records from excel or csv file into the table however i dont want to create table before as my requirment is column should be same as excel file columns.

    it should be somthing like “select * into tblname from csv file”

    Please answer as soon as possible as it is higly urgent.

    Thanks in advance.

  290. I am trying to import employees attendance (.csv) data to a table using phpmyadmin. My code is like below but I found the following error “#1060 – Duplicate column name ‘In’ ”

    CREATE TABLE IF NOT EXISTS `CSV_DB`.`TBL_NAME` (
    `No.` int( 3 ) ,
    `User ID` varchar( 4 ) ,
    `Name` varchar( 21 ) ,
    `Weekday` varchar( 9 ) ,
    `Date` varchar( 10 ) ,
    `In` varchar( 8 ) ,
    `Out` varchar( 8 ) ,
    `In` varchar( 8 ) ,
    `Out` varchar( 8 ) ,
    `Total Working Hours` decimal( 5, 2 )
    ) ENGINE = MYISAM DEFAULT CHARACTER SET utf8 COLLATE utf8_general_ci;

    can anybody help me to insert those ‘In’,’Out’ value several times to a table.

  291. @madhivanan thanks for comments, but I want to track all the (In,Out) time. How I can do this without same column name? Can you give me some idea?

  292. Can I change the column name in the csv file on insert? Meaning if I did a normal bulk insert and one of the columns were called fName could I change it to FirstName so it would mapped correctly to my current table

  293. In this Program i Execute the query But It display this type Of Message
    Msg 4834, Level 16, State 4, Line 8
    You do not have permission to use the bulk load statement.

    How can i get Permission in the Bulk Upload .

  294. inside one folder include n number of excel sheet .
    is it possible using SQL BULK insert to iterate through each exl sheet
    and insert data into one table.

  295. Hi frndz

    i want to bulk insert the data from TEXTAREA (the web page was developed by using c# with asp.net)

    Plzzzzzz anyone help me……..

  296. Hello, I have a 2008 SQL Server with a 2007 Access ADP as the front end. If I import the csv data from Access then both Access and SQL can see and interact with the file. However, when I import it with the Bulk transaction from SQL, then Access doesnt recognize the file. I am certain the naming conventions are the same as the same table is overwritten from both sources. Does anyone know why Access cannot see the file if SQL does the import?

  297. Hi guyz

    I have this problem. I want to read from “test.csv” file. This file is a Microsoft Excel Comma Seperated Values file. The content is seperated by columns and rows.

    Every time I want to read from this I want to read the last row (not the whole file).

    Please help me guyz,this is due by end of this month.

  298. TRY THIS SCRIPT -))

    SELECT * FROM OPENDATASOURCE(‘Microsoft.Jet.OLEDB.4.0′, ‘Data Source=C:\temp\P00.xls;Extended Properties=Excel 8.0′)…[Parts$]

  299. Hi all,
    Sorry for writing a very big question. I have a file which has both commas and ” being used as delimiters. So I created a format file to input the data into my table. I created a table dbo.Testing for this and tried using bcp format file to input the data into it but after several attempts, and applying many permutations combinations it doesnt seem to work. Every time it gives the error
    SQLState = S1000, NativeError = 0
    Error = [Microsoft][SQL Server Native Client 10.0]Incorrect host-column number found in BCP format-file

    CREATE TABLE [dbo].[Testing](
    [Company] [varchar](2) NULL,
    [Item] [varchar](15) NULL,
    [Item Description] [varchar](80) NULL,
    [IssueUOM] [varchar](2) NULL,
    [PackSize] [numeric](11, 4) NULL,
    [ShippingFormat] [varchar](10) NULL,
    [CartonHeight] [numeric](9, 4) NULL,
    [CartonWidth] [numeric](9, 4) NULL,
    [CartonDepth] [numeric](9, 4) NULL,
    [CartonVolume] [numeric](9, 4) NULL,
    [CartonWeight] [numeric](9, 4) NULL,
    [ShipperHeight] [numeric](9, 4) NULL,
    [ShipperWidth] [numeric](9, 4) NULL,
    [ShipperDepth] [numeric](9, 4) NULL,
    [ShipperVolume] [numeric](9, 4) NULL,
    [ShipperWeight] [numeric](9, 4) NULL,
    [CartonsPerShipper] [numeric](9, 0) NULL,
    [ShipperQuantity] [numeric](9, 0) NULL,
    [PalletTi] [numeric](9, 0) NULL,
    [PalletHi] [numeric](9, 0) NULL,
    [PalletWeight] [numeric](9, 0) NULL,
    [PalletQuantity] [numeric](9, 0) NULL,
    [PrimaryStockroom] [varchar](2) NULL,
    [Supplier] [varchar](8) NULL,
    [CountryCode] [varchar](3) NULL,
    [GTFamily] [varchar](15) NULL,
    [MinOrderQty] [numeric](11, 3) NULL,
    [FOBPurchasePrice] [numeric](15, 5) NULL,
    [FobCurrency] [varchar](3) NULL,
    [StandardCost] [numeric](15, 5) NULL,
    [StandardCostCur] [varchar](3) NULL,
    [JSP] [numeric](15, 5) NULL,
    [JSPCurrency] [varchar](3) NULL,
    [TariffCode] [varchar](8) NULL,
    [TariffCodeDesc] [varchar](30) NULL,
    [UPNBarcode] [varchar](17) NULL,
    [EANBarcode] [varchar](28) NULL
    )

    In the format file I have used the following field delimiters as per the field having or not having double quotes,
    Field Starts With Field Ends With Next Field Starts Field Terminator Example
    1. “ “ “ “\”,\”” “AB”,”CD”
    2. “ “ After Comma(Without “) “\”,” “AB”,123
    3. After Comma (Without “) Comma With “ “\,”” 123,”AB”
    4. After Comma Comma After Comma “,” 123,123

    The format file is as follows:-
    10.0
    37

    1 SQLCHAR 0 2 “\”,\”” 1 Company Latin1_General_CI_AS
    2 SQLCHAR 0 15 “\”,\”” 2 Item Latin1_General_CI_AS
    3 SQLCHAR 0 80 “\”,\”” 3 ItemDescription Latin1_General_CI_AS
    4 SQLCHAR 0 2 “\”,” 4 IssueUOM Latin1_General_CI_AS
    5 SQLCHAR 0 41 “,” 5 PackSize “”
    6 SQLCHAR 0 10 “\”,” 6 ShippingFormat Latin1_General_CI_AS
    7 SQLCHAR 0 41 “,” 7 CartonHeight “”
    8 SQLCHAR 0 41 “,” 8 CartonWidth “”
    9 SQLCHAR 0 41 “,” 9 CartonDepth “”
    10 SQLCHAR 0 41 “,” 10 CartonVolume “”
    11 SQLCHAR 0 41 “,” 11 CartonWeight “”
    12 SQLCHAR 0 41 “,” 12 ShipperHeight “”
    13 SQLCHAR 0 41 “,” 13 ShipperWidth “”
    14 SQLCHAR 0 41 “,” 14 ShipperDepth “”
    15 SQLCHAR 0 41 “,” 15 ShipperVolume “”
    16 SQLCHAR 0 41 “,” 16 ShipperWeight “”
    17 SQLCHAR 0 41 “,” 17 CartonsPerShipper “”
    18 SQLCHAR 0 41 “,” 18 ShipperQuantity “”
    19 SQLCHAR 0 41 “,” 19 PalletTi “”
    20 SQLCHAR 0 41 “,” 20 PalletHi “”
    21 SQLCHAR 0 41 “,” 21 PalletWeight “”
    22 SQLCHAR 0 41 “\,”” 22 PalletQuantity “”
    23 SQLCHAR 0 2 “\”,\”” 23 PrimaryStockroom Latin1_General_CI_AS
    24 SQLCHAR 0 8 “\”,\”” 24 Supplier Latin1_General_CI_AS
    25 SQLCHAR 0 3 “\”,\”” 25 CountryCode Latin1_General_CI_AS
    26 SQLCHAR 0 15 “\”,” 26 GTFamily Latin1_General_CI_AS
    27 SQLCHAR 0 41 “,” 27 MinOrderQty “”
    28 SQLCHAR 0 41 “\,”” 28 FOBPurchasePrice “”
    29 SQLCHAR 0 3 “\”,” 29 FobCurrency Latin1_General_CI_AS
    30 SQLCHAR 0 41 “\,”” 30 StandardCost “”
    31 SQLCHAR 0 3 “\”,” 31 StandardCostCur Latin1_General_CI_AS
    32 SQLCHAR 0 41 “\,”” 32 JSP “”
    33 SQLCHAR 0 3 “\”,\”” 33 JSPCurrency Latin1_General_CI_AS
    34 SQLCHAR 0 8 “\”,\”” 34 TariffCode Latin1_General_CI_AS
    35 SQLCHAR 0 30 “\”,\”” 35 TariffCodeDesc Latin1_General_CI_AS
    36 SQLCHAR 0 17 “\”,\”” 36 UPNBarcode Latin1_General_CI_AS
    37 SQLCHAR 0 28 “\”\r\n” 37 EANBarcode Latin1_General_CI_AS

    Sample of Data to be inserted

    “AB”, “530002 “,”2 x Coffee Mugs, Lid and Spoon “, “MD” , 12.0000 ,” “,12.8346,12.2047 ,9.6457 ,1510.9260 ,4.1447 ,.0000 ,.0000,.0000 ,.0000 ,.0000 ,0 ,0 ,0 ,0,.0000,0 ,”NJ”,”PMRTYS50″,”HK “,”JCL “,12000.000 ,.00000 ,”HKD”,.00000 ,”USD”,.00000 ,”USD”,”00123008″,” “,”987654321123 “,”(24)11223344556677(99)00 ”

    “CD”,”530004 “,”TT Crystal Bowls x 4 “, “MK” , 12.0000 ,” “,12.9921,12.2047 ,11.8110,1872.8075 ,5.7320 ,.0000 ,.0000 ,.0000 ,.0000 ,.0000,0 ,0 ,0 ,0,.0000,0 ,”NJ”,”DHTSK50″,”CN “,”JCL “,6000.000 ,.00000 ,”HKD”,.00000 ,”USD”,.00000 ,”USD”,”12341123″,” “,”123456789987 “,”(23)12345678911223 (88)00 ”

    H:\>bcp Trial.dbo.Testing in E:\Trialfiles\Sample.txt -f Test3-c.fmt -S uklesq01 –T

    SQLState = S1000, NativeError = 0
    Error = [Microsoft][SQL Server Native Client 10.0]Incorrect host-column number found in BCP format-file

    Please help. Thanks in advance.

    DC

  300. I have a csv file of 4 columns. but the table contains 6 colums (2 columns extra added as per requirmrnt) now i am getting error in inserting…Is it possible to do this when we have different columns in csv and target table..reply asap

  301. I have to auto import a monthly file. I cannot edit the incoming file before the import. The file is pipe delimeted. I have done this but its messy and takes forever. I want a more elegant solution.
    The challenge is that the file contains records with varying numbers of columns. Account records have 15 columns and Transaction records have 9 columns. All in the same file! The record types are distinguishable in the third column of the file (A or T).

  302. is It possible to insert only few Columns from a CSV File to SQL table?

    Ex : i have id,name,email in My CSV. and i need to insert only id,name to my Table.

  303. is It possible to insert only few Columns from a CSV File to SQL table?

    Ex : i have id,name,email in My CSV. and i need to insert only id,name to my SQL Server table

  304. abhi / Jay
    Create a view with the four columns in the import file and then import into the view. Lots of people will tell you to use a format file but I prefer a view because it moves with the database. i.e. if you move the database to a new server, you don’t have to remember to move the format file and change your sproc to the new location.
    eg
    Table – TestTbl: col1, col2, col3, col4, col5, col6

    Create view vw_TestTbl
    as
    Select t
    col1, col2, col3, col4
    from
    TestTbl

    Then import into vw_TestTbl

    You can also use this technique if your target table has an identity colu