A stored procedure to export/import data using BCP

This is a stored procedure that can be run from a master database to export or import a table to/from a given file path+name from/to a given database.

create Proc Sp_Export_Or_import_Table @dbName     varchar(30), 
                                      @tbName     varchar(30), 
                                      @filePath   varchar(80), 
                                      @cmode      char(6), 
                                      @sep        char(1), 
                                      @usr        varchar(30), 
                                      @pwd        varchar(30) 
declare @cmd varchar(200) 
  IF @cmode = 'EXPORT' 
      set @cmd = 'bcp.exe ' +  
                 @dbName + '..' + @tbName +  ' out '  + 
                 @filePath + ' -c -q -C1252 -U ' + @usr + 
                 ' -P ' + @pwd + ' -t' + @sep 
      print @cmd + '...' 
      exec xp_cmdShell @cmd 
  IF  @cmode = 'IMPORT' 
     set @cmd = 'bcp.exe ' +  
                 @dbName + '..' + @tbName +  ' in '  + 
                 @filePath + ' -c -q -C1252 -U ' + @usr + 
                 ' -P ' + @pwd + ' -t' + @sep 
      print @cmd + '...' 
     exec xp_cmdShell @cmd   
-- *********************************************************** 
-- How To Use it 
-- Export a Table From a given DataBase to a File. 
Exec Sp_Export_Or_import_Table 'Northwind', 

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'EXPORT', '@', 'iecdba', 'sapwd' -- Import a table to a given DataBase from a File use pubs go select * into newOrders from northwind..orders where 0 = 1 go use master go Exec Sp_Export_Or_import_Table 'pubs', 'NewOrders', 'c:tempdbNorthwind_Orders.Dat', 'IMPORT', '@', 'iecdba', 'sapwd' -- ***********************************************************

Reader Feedback

Kumar S. writes: This is really a good stuff and came at the right time -- I was looking for a similar job in my project. But do you have any idea how to handle errors in case of bcp failures or errors in bcp?

Rajasekhar S. writes: Could you please tell me whether this utility works with image and text data types?

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This was first published in February 2002

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