BULK INSERT in SQL Server

The Bulk Insert in SQL Server (shortly called as BCP) will be very helpful to quickly transfer a large amount of data from Text File or CSV file to SQL Server Table or Views.

BULK INSERT in SQL Server example

In this SQL Server Bulk Insert example, we will show you how to transfer the data present in the text file to the SQL table.

We have a flat file called GEOGRAPHY.txt contains 1000000 Rows. Our task is to insert all the rows present in this text file using the Sql Server Bulk Insert statement.

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Our SQL Server table is:

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In order to transfer the data present in the text file or CSV file to SQL table, First, Please open your SQL Server Management Studio and write the following query

-- Example for BCP in SQL Server
BULK INSERT [SQL Server Tutorials].[dbo].[DimGeography] 
      FROM 'F:\MS BI\FILE EXAMPLES\Geography.txt' 
  WITH  
    ( 
       DATAFILETYPE    = 'char', 
       FIELDTERMINATOR = ',', 
       ROWTERMINATOR   = '\n' 
    );

Output

Messages
-------
(1000000 row(s) affected)

If you want to send the data in multiple batches then use ROWS_PER_BATCH

Let us open the SQL Server Management Studio and check the destination table. We could successfully copy the data from a text file to the SQL server or not using this SQL Server Bulk insert.

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