Run Transact-SQL Script Files Using sqlcmd–SQL Server T-SQL


I recently received a script which creates a database and loads data.  I was unfortunately too large for SQL Server Management Studio to process.


You can use the sqlcmd utility to run the script file. The example below shows the execution of a script file called script.sql which is located on the C drive and a connection is made to the SQL Server using integrated security.

To run the script file

  1. Open a windows command prompt window.
  2. In the command prompt window, type: sqlcmd –S SQLServerName-i C:\DatabaseLoad.sql
  3. Press ENTER.
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