# 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)

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

1. Good one.

It solves my problem.

Keep it up. Pinal.

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• amit |

Can i insert current datetime using CSV .

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• Sujay Sarkar. |

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

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• Bruzer |

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!

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• Silvia Garcia |

Hi Bruzer,
i have the same problem, did you find the workaround?

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• ruchir.vani@schange.com |

Heyy!! Have you found any solutions to it?

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• Rajesh |

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$]’) Like • pakisboy | rajesh u have to use import export wizard Liked by 1 person • Vijay Dahite | Hi Rajesh, perform following steps: 1. open your excel file. 2. save file as [name].csv 3.execute the sql statement given by pinal. Like • ADILAKSHMI | if any one help please send that to my mail Like • Vishnu Prasad Manoharan | Dear Rajesh, insert INTO tbL_excel SELECT * FROM OPENROWSET(‘Microsoft.Jet.OLEDB.4.0′, ‘Excel 8.0;Database=\\pc31\C\Testexcel.xls’, ‘SELECT * FROM [Sheet1$]‘)

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$]’) Like • Shantesh D. Katke | Hi Vishnu, Thanks for Updated Query. But it has small mistake in there and gives error message ‘Invalid syntax near OPENROWSET’ so I’h use both of above combination of query is as follow: SELECT * INTO TBL_EXCEL FROM OPENROWSET(‘Microsoft.Jet.OLEDB.4.0′, ‘Excel 8.0;Database=C:\Source\Addresses.xls’, ‘SELECT * FROM [Sheet1$]’)

and it work perfectly
Thanks and Regards

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• Alexandre JR |

Try to change “\\pc31\C” by the drive and folder of your server location.

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• Optimal Names |

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.].

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• Janardan(JDDDDDDDD) |

INSERT INTO dbo.ImportTest
SELECT * FROM OPENDATASOURCE(‘Microsoft.Jet.OLEDB.4.0′,
‘Data Source=C:\ImportData.xls;Extended Properties=Excel 8.0′)…[Sheet1$Like • Eddy Vluggen | –Drop the table to clean up database. SELECT * FROM CSVTest GO Of course, it won’t. Like • Isaac | 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. Like • Chris | You will need an UNC path instead of “C:\”. Like • MAke sure that the file exists in server’s directory Like • nakshikajoshi@yahoo.com | Hi… Where server’s directory in pc??? Like • kb | 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? Like • Will | .txt – there’s your issue! Like 2. Alireza | Thanks for your great share. Like 3. Branden | 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. Like • Bhuavna | bulk insert from with ( FIELDTERMINATOR = ‘”,”‘, ROWTERMINATOR = ‘”‘ ) also make sure you dont have an extra carriage return is at the end of the file since im replying for a post that is more then 3 yrs old, somebody mught benefit from this reply Regards, Bhuvana Like • Todd Morrow | Yes this helped. Thanks for posting. Like • Not all of my fields have double quotes around them, only the text quotes. Any idea for the solution to this? Many thanks, Like • not all of my csv cells are surrounded by double quotes only the string columns, is there another way to do this? Liked by 1 person • not all of my csv cells are surrounded by double quotes only the string columns the integer columns arent delimited using this method, is there a way around this? Like • My field terminator is ‘~’ and row terminator is ‘\n’. What would my query look like?? Like 4. 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 Like • It means that the actula length of the column is less than the data available in the csv file. Increase the size and try again Like 5. Dragan | 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. Like • MikeD | 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 Like 6. vonPryz | 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. Like 7. 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 Like • David | 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. Like • Vic | 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 Like • Vic | 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. Like • GaboBigale | 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. Like 8. Kumar | 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 Like • How did you know it is inserting alternate records? Run this before and after import to see if recordcount is correct select count(*) from table Like 9. Hassan tga | thank you very mush for this, it willy helped me. regards Like 10. Martin | 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 Like 11. Martin | 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 Like • Did the fie have data? Also did you get any errors/warnings during bulk insert? Like 12. Siva | 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, Like • Kapil | Might be this only work when the database is local on the system that contain the text file. Like • pianohc | the path should be UNC path like: ‘\\server’s name\XXX\csv.txt’ instead of ‘c:\Test.txt’ Like • Nilesh | Correct. Actually same thing happened with me. So, i copied my file to server location. then, its work. Like • Sweety | Make sure the given path & file name are correct or not. because i got the same error when i run that query. Then i change the file name as same as in the script (csvtest.txt) and stored it in the same path. Like 13. John Doe | @Siva SQL Sever 2005 must have access rights to the file (“c:\Test.txt”). Make sure the file is accessible for the database account Like 14. Sumit pal Singh | How to import data from a Excel Sheet using “Bulk Insert” command? Like 15. JB | Will this method work for SQL Server Compact Edition? Like 16. Abdul | 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….. Like 17. ViSheN | Great stuff, codes perfect, helped me alot lot Like 18. sabarish | hai dave, i want to iterate the record from collection of records without using cursors. how can i achieve this Like 19. Confused | 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? Like 20. Jerome | THANK YOU! Like 21. LineByLine | 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 Like • Can you give us more informations on what you are trying to do? Like 22. Abdul | 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….. Like 23. anusha | 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 ???? Like 24. different scott | 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″ Like 25. Krish | 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… Like • It is becuase single quotes are represented differently in this site. Change it single quote and try Like 26. Scott Kellman | What happens to the rows that fail? I wuold like to save those off to allow the user to fix them…. Like 27. Lakeside | 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. Like • Tonys.K.Cherian | 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 Like 28. Dave M | 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 Like 29. Dave M | 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 Like 30. Dave M | 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. Like 31. ali | 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. Like • Check the length of the first column of the table You need to increase it as the incoming data length is more than column’s length Like 32. Dave B | 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 Like • If the table has clustered index, it may take more time to import Like 33. Puneet Narang | 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 Like 34. George | 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. Like • It is because single quotes are represented differently in this blog. Change them to single quotes and try Like 35. Sheldon | 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. Like • Ahmad Elayyan | please try to change the data-type of the destinations column. regards, Ahmad Elayyan Like • The file should exists in the server and not in your system Like 36. pronnie | 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? Like 37. megha | 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. Like 38. 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. Like 39. Navalkishore Arya | Thanks it works! Also just wanted to point out that the query you said uses ”  ” instead of ” ‘ ” shouldn’t you change it? Like 40. nur | 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, Like • As I replied to other person, the file should exists in the server and not in your system Like 41. Waseem | 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 Like 42. Rahul | 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 Like 43. Teo | 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 Like • declare @sql varchar(1000) set @sq=’BULK INSERT dbo.TableName FROM ”’+@FileName+”’ WITH ( FIELDTERMINATOR=’';”, ROWTERMINATOR=’’\\n’’)’ EXEC(@sql) Like 44. Vijay Ananth P | 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 Like 45. rajesh | hi it solved my problem can u please tell how can i schedule stored procedure in sql server2005 thanks rajeh Like 46. MB | 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!! Like • You should have used nvarchar datatype instead of varchar Like • Muhammad Ali | USE @bulk_cmd use nvarchar The table you are creating use the appropriate Collation for that column(s) Like 47. Teo | 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 Like 48. Manvendra Singh | insert Excel file record in a table + SQL SERVER + C#.net Like 49. Panagiotis Lepeniotis | 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 Like 50. Deepa | 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? Like 51. LK | 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. Like 52. Zeenat | 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? Like 53. 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! :) Like • Import data as such If you want ot convert them to different data types, use update statement Like 54. 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 Like • kb | How were you able to resolve this? Like 55. I was able to resolve. Thank you! Like 56. wim | 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! Like 57. Plight | 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 Like • You should have formatted the cell to be of character type or use convert function to convert number to varchar Like 58. hi | 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. Like 59. Solomon | 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! Like 60. Tiga | Krish Replace ` with ‘ (single quotes) Like 61. Max | 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 Like 62. Simple and Suberb information. Thanx. Like 63. rohan | 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 Like 64. Haushila | 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. Like • Make sure the file exists in SERVER’s directory Like 65. Arunabh | Thanks, it was a very simple solution to meet my requirement. Like 66. Cathy | 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? Like • You may need to run the BULK INSERT for all the files How many such files do you have in the folder? Like 67. sathya | 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. Like • Double check that the filepath is on the same server as your SQL Server instance. That’s the most likely issue. You might need to check folder permissions too. Like 68. 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. Like 69. Rajat | How do we create a table in SQL server through VB.NET code by importing the schema from a TEXT file? Like 70. AJAY DHIMAN | g8 its a true solution Like 71. AJAY DHIMAN | 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 ………… Like 72. sai | hi pinale, While working on it i m getting the error file doesnt exist can u suggest me any thing to be done Thanks Like 73. Anvie | 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! Like • No. It wont work You need to have data in the server’s directory to use that Like 74. ram r | 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… Like 75. Amel K | 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 Like • Different column names doesn’t matter as long as number of columns and datatypes are equivalnet Like • Sandeep | 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) Like 76. masky | 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… Like 77. Mikez | 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 Like 78. Nick | 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 Like 79. PSilva | 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(); Like 80. Jignesh | 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. Like 81. iftekhar | Please help me Iam using sql server 2000,7.0 ..I want to do a similar operation.. Like 82. vijay | 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. Like • Note that the informations or Queries given in this site are for MS SQL Server and not for ORACLE Like 83. shahbaz | 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 Like 84. charles | 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 Like 85. nicole | 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 Like • Copy the File to Server’s directory and try it will work Like 86. Rubavathi | 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 ‘-‘). Like • When you use OPENROWSET you should specify files names within double qutes Like 87. Robert | 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! Like • visy and sumitha | 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(); } } Like 88. Saman | 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? Like 89. Sultan | Hi Pinal, How to create a CSV or Text file from a Stored Procedure? Thanks Sultan Like 90. Saman | 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… Like 91. hrishikesh | 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 Like 92. 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 Like 93. Chris | 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? Like 94. Hafz | 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?????????? Like • Mitesh Oswal | 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 Like 95. Emeka | @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. Like 96. Emeka | @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. Like 97. verma | 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 Like 98. Harminder Singh | 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 Like • John | Thank you, Harminder! This fixed my issue immediately!! Very good article!! Like 99. MaryO | 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! Like 100. Melissa | 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. Like 101. Melissa | Did anyone ever get a solution to the text qualifiers (double quotes in the text)? Like 102. brammam | 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. Like 103. Subhrangshu | 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. Like • Austin | You must have sysadmin level security to execute a bulk insert command. Like 104. Shimu | Thanks .it’s realy helpfull for me Like 105. Shimu | 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. Like • Create a procedure that accepts file name as parameter You can execute that procedure from the VB.NET application by passing file name Like 106. Pinalbhai! It has helped a lot. Especially since Microsoft has not provided SSIS in SQL Server 2005 express edition. Like 107. GV | 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 Like • You need to remove that column Noname from csv file to successfully execute the script Like 108. PeterB | This may be the best tech blog I have ever seen. Keep up the good work! Like 109. Nadeem | Hi Pinal, Thank’s a lot. It has solved my problem. Regards, Nadeem. Like 110. Minchala Murali | 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 Like 111. Mario | excellent!!!!!! Like 112. Michael Arnold | 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! Like 113. Hi, thanks for the post, I noted that the size of the table is too big you can reduce it? grateful, Edson Like 114. Mark | 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. Like 115. Thanks! I’m glad your blog always comes up in one of the first google hits. You help a lot :) Like 116. 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 Like • If it is in a User’s machine, use UNC path like //machine_name/folder_name and make sure the file is readable by a Server Like 117. Jannable | Dude. You just saved my life. Like 118. wad3v4 | 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. =) Like 119. raghav | Hi, Excellent Code to import data from text file into Database Thanks. Like 120. Hemanth | HI dave, i need to store a file content in database, it could be a text file or image file how can i?????? Like 121. 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….. Like 122. Foxy09ro | 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! Like 123. Joe | 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. Like 124. Rose | 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? Like • shruti | Hi Rose, I’m also getting same kind of problem in bulk insert. Could you get any solution to this problem. Thanks Like • If the last line is empty in the file, remove it and try the code again Like 125. Chief | 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 Like 126. Chris H | 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. Like 127. Carolin | 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. Like 128. Mayank Srivastava | 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 Like 129. Suranga | 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’ Like 130. Brian | 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 Like 131. A.prasad | 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. Like 132. Sanobur Mahmood | 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. Like 133. Amrit | 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? Like 134. Mohfeza | 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)”. Like 135. Jaideep | 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)”. Like 136. SivaSakthi | Really Superb Pinal Sir.. I m njoying your SQL Tips daily… Continue with your Favours… Bye… Like 137. Ketan | Hi, insert Only one row Plz help me as early as possible Like • Try BULK INSERT CSVTest FROM 'c:\csvtest.txt' WITH ( FIELDTERMINATOR = ',', ROWTERMINATOR = '\n' FIRST_ROW=1; LAST_ROW=2; ) GO Like 138. jas | 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 Like 139. Vaibhav | Hi, I wants to use bulk insert for a text file with fieldterminator as a space. How do I use It. Regards, Vaibhav Like • Example BULK INSERT CSVTest FROM 'c:\csvtest.txt' WITH ( FIELDTERMINATOR = ' ', ROWTERMINATOR = '\n' ) Like 140. mukulbudania | 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. Like 141. Puja Shah | 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…. Like • Try this code declare @sql varchar(1000) set @sq=’BULK INSERT dbo.TableName FROM ”’+@FileName+”’ WITH ( FIELDTERMINATOR=’’;”, ROWTERMINATOR=’’\\n’’)’ EXEC(@sql) Like 142. sai | 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 Like 143. samrat bhattacharjee | 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(); } Like 144. Imran Mohammed | @samrat First try executing that stored procedure in SQL Server Client tools. Check if it is working fine ? Regards IM Like 145. Santosh | Thanks Like 146. harinath clavib | Hi how to transfer data into multitables from csv file and is it possible to tranfer the data into constraint tables. Like 147. Tab | 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. Like 148. Abhishek Hingu | 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 Like 149. tejasnshah | 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 Like 150. 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” …… Like 151. marshall | Hi Pinal Like 152. marshall | 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. Like 153. julie | 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 Like 154. julie | 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 Like 155. Jorge Ochoa | 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 Like 156. Amudha | 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? Like 157. Satrebla | 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 Like 158. Satrebla | Sorry result i whant to have: “qwe,asd,zxc” 123 sometext :) Like 159. Imran Mohammed | @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. Like 160. Satrebla | @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 ..? Like 161. nm | 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 Like 162. Vineeta | Hi, I would like to know how do we import a remote text to some other server in sql server 2005 ? Like 163. desha | 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. Like 164. Vinod | Thanks a lot.. It is working fine Like 165. Praveen Agrawal | How We can Insert The Data in sq l server through Excel Sheet. Here i don’t have ‘,’ field or Line termination. Like 166. select * from OPENROWSET(‘Microsoft.Jet.OLEDB.4.0′, ‘Excel 8.0;Database=c:\.xls’, [$])
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‘Excel 8.0;Database=c:\ExcelFileName.xls’, [YourSheetName$]) ) AS x Thanks, Like 168. Praveen Agrawal | Thanks Tejas Like 169. Praveen Agrawal | Hi All, how to join two different tables on different server Like 170. 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 Like 171. pavan | 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.. Like 172. Peter | 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!! Like 173. 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 â€˜c:\postcodes.txtâ€™ WITH ( FIELDTERMINATOR’ at line 1 when I run: BULK INSERT tblPostcodes FROM ‘c:\postcodes.txt’ WITH ( FIELDTERMINATOR = ‘,’, ROWTERMINATOR = ‘\n’ ) GO Any ideas? Like 174. AMIT | 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. Like 175. AMIT | 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 Like 176. Himanshu | ur Bulk insert works as following way: in LAN only Bulk Insert cv_Test from ‘\\Rahool\SharedDocs\Book2.txt’ with ( FIELDTERMINATOR= ‘,’, ROWTERMINATOR= ‘\n’ ) Go Like 177. Shazad | 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!!! Like 178. joel | 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 Like 179. Viv | 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) Like 180. Hi, Let me know if it helps you. Thanks, Tejas Like 181. Viv | 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 Like • The code provided in this site will work only in SQL Server and not in Mysql Like 182. Hi, Could you give me any sample data? So I can try my own and let you know. Thanks, Tejas Like 183. BobS | 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! Like 184. Dorian | 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 Like 185. Vishwanath Raju | 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’ ) Like • 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) Like 186. Imran Mohammed | @ 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) ~ Like 187. 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… Like 188. Jon | 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’ ) Like 189. Jon | is there a wildcard for the filename? something like FROM ‘c:\imp\*.txt’ Like 190. Aji | 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? Like 191. This is really a very simple a good article. Informative indeed. Thanks for the help and keep up the good work! Good Luck! ComputerVideos.110mb.com/ Like 192. Oded Dror | 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 Like 193. Thanks! This worked splendidly. Like 194. vineet | 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 Like • You can skip the column names by using FIRST_ROW option BULK INSERT …. FROM … WITH ( FIRST_ROW=2, FIELDTERMINATOR =’ |’, ROWTERMINATOR =’ |\n’ ) Like 195. Amit | 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? Like 196. KC | 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, Like 197. Thank you very much, pinaldave your site is very appricated the fresh candidates also Like 198. 24x7x365 | Hi, Try like this BULK INSERT TmpStList FROM ‘c:\TxtFile1.txt’ WITH (FIELDTERMINATOR = ‘”,”‘) Thanks, 24×7 Like 199. Celine GVS | You need to use Format File to import CSV file Like 200. Pwzeus | Awesome article , exactly what I wanted. Like 201. Aisurya | hi pinal, please help me to insert data/multiple data in a csv using VBA. thanks in advance Plz help me yaar Like 202. 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. Like 203. 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? Like 204. Rajeev | Thank u a lot, my friend…….. Like 205. venkatesh | Explained in a simple manner. Good one Like 206. 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. Like 207. why we cannot do bulk insert to temporary or variable tables? Like • You can bulk insert to temporary table however bulk insert to table variable is not allowed Like 208. DNJ | Hi, I ve to load a table with 600000 records to excel. How do i do it. Like 209. Hasan | 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 Like 210. Imran Mohammed | @DNJ Definitely I would go for DTS / SSIS. That is way faster than any other tool, faster than Database Engine. ~ IM. Like 211. Imran Mohammed | @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. Like 212. murugan | hai thanks. your code helps realy good Like 213. xyz | Thanks Like 214. 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. Like 215. saswata | 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 Like 216. 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. Like 217. kisha | 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! Like 218. Babar | @imran; delete all the single quotes and type again. it should not be like this ‘,’ but like this ‘,’ Like 219. 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] Like 220. Allan | 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. Like 221. Allan | 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. Like 222. Allan | @DNJ I agree with Imran, with an additional comment; you can not insert 600,000 records into Excel in versions prior to Excel 2007. Like 223. pramod | Hi All, please continue the thread instead of raising the another question. Like 224. Johan | 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 Like 225. Imran Mohammed | @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. Like 226. Satish Kumar J | Thanks for ur query. It worked me a lot. Thank u very much Satish Like 227. Johan | @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 Like 228. Chris | What do you do for commas WITHIN text qualifiers? Like 229. Krishna | 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 Like 230. Hi Krishna, Please make sure file is on the same PC where SQL server is installed, not on client location. Thanks, Tejas Like 231. @Tejas Shah Awesome suggestion. I was having the same issue as Krishna and forgot that I had SQL server installed to a different box. Thanks, Justin Like 232. Alec | I’m trying to do just like this but in Sybase. Will anyone share the code?? Does Sybase has something like this? Like 233. Nandu | Is it possible to import xls file this way? Like 234. Bless | Thank you, Its working I had tried good time with it. God Bless You!!! Like 235. 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 Like 236. Anitha | 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 Like 237. ramakrishnan | 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.

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good one……..

how to store text file in oracle 8i………..

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239. SAF |

Thanks buddy :-)

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240. KAPIL |

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…

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241. Ct |

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.

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242. Prabu |

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

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243. Hasmukh |

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

THANKS
HASMUKH JAIN

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244. 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?

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245. david |

hI,

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

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246. david |

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|

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247. Goran |

Thank you so much! Simple, yet elegant solution, just what I needed!!

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248. SAMY |

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)”.

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249. sunil singh |

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.

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250. Hi Sunil,

Thanks,

Tejas
SQLYoga.com

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251. Miki |

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….

Thanks.
Miki

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252. Sharan |

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.

Thanks,

Sharan

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253. 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

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254. 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…

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255. sejal |

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?

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256. 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

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257. bari |

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.

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• Fayyaz |

bari looks like windows security issue, sql user does not have access on file system on your local machine..

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258. Rohidas |

Thanks for your it’s a very usefull

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259. Chirag |

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.

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260. Chirag |

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?

Chirag

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261. 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).

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

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262. lucky |

Thanks a lot..

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263. kchusa |

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

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264. 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

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265. Rameshkumar.T |

Hi,

This is very useful.

Regards

Rameshkumar.T

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266. Rajesh |

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

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267. amarnath |

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

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268. Kapil |

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.

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269. Alex |

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..

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270. 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

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271. Kapil |

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.

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• 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

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• Kapil |

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.

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• Hi Kapil,

File path is searched on computer where SQL Server instance is running. Give the file path relative to server system.

Regards,
Pinal Dave

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• Kapil |

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.

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• Try this code

BULK INSERT Tmp_GpMember
FROM &#\\39;192.168.1.182\d\test.txt'
WITH
(
FIELDTERMINATOR = ',',
ROWTERMINATOR = '\n'
)
GO

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272. Mayur |

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.
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 ?

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• 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]%'

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273. Hessa |

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

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274. Ashwini |

Greate job….

Thanks for the document…

With regards,

Ashwini.

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275. sejal |

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.

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276. paresh |

this code is realy very help ful to me.
tahnk u very very much

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277. Gary Hanson |

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.

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278. jerome |

It is really a simple but great share !

Thank You,
Jerome

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279. numerobis |

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?

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280. shitesh |

hi this help me bulk insert query but i want same reverce how can i sql server database to cvs.txt file to using query

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281. Kishore |

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,

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282. deepak |

Thanks a lot. It was quite helpful for us.

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283. Jeetesh |

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

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284. Tobe |

Thanks for your assistance. This helped a lot.

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285. 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’
)
;

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286. Ankit |

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???

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• In your front end, use file system object to interact with text file
This is nothing to do with usage of sql

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287. Manojkumar |

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’)

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288. mayur |

if i have .csv file inplace of .txt then

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289. Hello Mayur,

.csv file can be imported as .txt file. Let us know if you are facing any issue.

Regards,
Pinal Dave

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• Indeed. I used it for .DAT files that were | delimited. Worked beautifully!

FIELDTERMINATOR = ‘|’,
ROWTERMINATOR = ‘\n’

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290. Chirag Shrestha |

Is there a difference in the SQL sever processes Bulk insert and import data from SSMS?

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291. JK |

Short & sweet. Got my task done.

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292. 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?

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293. Dee |

Cheers
Dee

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294. Dee |

Can you please explain what the following does,

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

in the bulk insert.

??

Dee

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• It means from text file whenever there is a comma, treat it as feild terimator (seperate column), whenever there is newline (\n) treat it as next line (next row)

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295. Dee |

How can I import csv files data using DTS, please assist me with the steps involved.

Thanks

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296. Aimee |

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!

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• How will you indentify new data?
Do you have date column as part of text data?

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297. nag |

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

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298. nag |

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

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• 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

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299. Kitty |

Thanks , this is very useful.
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?

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300. Sarika |

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

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301. Imran Mohammed |

@sarika,

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.

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302. nag |

@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.

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303. Deepali |

I want catch bulk insert errors in a file. I tried with adding ERRORFILE option in bulk insert but it doesn’t work.

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• What did you mean by “it doesn’t work?”
Note that the file will be located at Server’s directory by default

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• Shelley |

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

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304. Rajesh |

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

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305. barry |

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

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306. Sudipto Mitra |

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 ?

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307. meghana |

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.

Thanks
Meghana

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308. meghana |

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.

thanks
Meghana

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309. Deepali |

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.

Thanks

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310. EDER |

BUENA ,.PERO QUE BUEN EJEMPLO ME SRIVIO MUCHO GRACIAS

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311. sabarish |

Nice description…

Really good

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312. Thanks very much… saved a huge amount of laborious manual entry… Awesome tip.

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313. Exactly what I was looking for… thanks again Pinal!

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314. Ningappa |

Hi,

any one help me how to import data from exl sheet to the table in remote server

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315. 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

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316. praveen |

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.

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317. 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..

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318. rehana |

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

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319. shoukat |

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

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• 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’’) ‘

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320. gokulan |

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 .

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• Najam Khan |

WITH (FIRSTROW = 2, FIELDTERMINATOR = ‘’,’’,ROWTERMINATOR = ‘‘\n’’) ‘

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321. gokulan |

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 .

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322. shoukat |

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

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• D:temp.csv

should be

D:\temp.csv

Also the file should exist in the Server’s directory and not with the local system you are working with

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323. Warraich |

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

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• Yes. Put that code in procedure and schedule that procedure as a job to execute periodically

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324. kusum |

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

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• Did the table have any indexes?
If so, try removing them and insert data. After that create indexes

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325. kusum |

no, no indexes, no constraints, nothing, its a heap table we created specially to import all the data.

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326. Sanjeev |

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

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

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

Regards,
Khalid

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• You need to delete the existing data from the table before using bulk insert

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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

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• If exists(select * from information_schema.tables where table_name=’your_table’)
DROP table your_table

GO

CREATE Table your_table(
.
.
.
.

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329. Mubarak |

thanks pinal, that was helpful to me.

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330. Larry |

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

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331. sivanandan |

Hi pinal ,

Is it possible to import the xls file using BulkInsert?

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332. Pooneh |

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?

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• Imran Mohammed |

@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.

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333. Mubarak |

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,

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• Can you check data of line 411 to see if there is any mismatch?

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334. Hi!

Excelent work, thnx! :)
But i have a problem.
I don’t append hungarian characters to the table.
:(

Anybody can help?

BR, M

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335. Venkata Polepalli |

Hi,

Its very useful

Regards,
Venkata

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336. Ivana |

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*.

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• Mani |

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….

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337. mani |

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….

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338. Vijay Gonela |

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

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• John |

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.

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339. firdaus |

thanks for your knowledge sharing if i want ms certificate in asp.net what i do now

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340. Ajay |

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

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341. vinoth |

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

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