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SqlBulkCopyColumnMapping.SqlBulkCopyColumnMapping(String, Int32) Constructor

Creates a new column mapping, using a column name to refer to the source column and a column ordinal for the target column.

Namespace: System.Data.SqlClient
Assembly: System.Data (in

public SqlBulkCopyColumnMapping (
	string sourceColumn,
	int destinationOrdinal
public SqlBulkCopyColumnMapping (
	String sourceColumn, 
	int destinationOrdinal
public function SqlBulkCopyColumnMapping (
	sourceColumn : String, 
	destinationOrdinal : int
Not applicable.



The name of the source column within the data source.


The ordinal position of the destination column within the destination table.

The following example bulk copies data from a source table in the AdventureWorks sample database to a destination table in the same database. Although the number of columns in the destination matches the number of columns in the source, the column names and ordinal positions do not match. SqlBulkCopyColumnMapping objects are used to create a column map for the bulk copy.


This sample will not run unless you have created the work tables as described in Creating Tables for the Bulk Copy Examples. This code is provided to demonstrate the syntax for using SqlBulkCopy only. If the source and destination tables are in the same SQL Server instance, it is easier and faster to use a Transact-SQL INSERT … SELECT statement to copy the data.

using System.Data.SqlClient;

class Program
    static void Main()
        string connectionString = GetConnectionString();
        // Open a sourceConnection to the AdventureWorks database.
        using (SqlConnection sourceConnection =
                   new SqlConnection(connectionString))

            // Perform an initial count on the destination table.
            SqlCommand commandRowCount = new SqlCommand(
                "SELECT COUNT(*) FROM " +
            long countStart = System.Convert.ToInt32(
            Console.WriteLine("Starting row count = {0}", countStart);

            // Get data from the source table as a SqlDataReader.
            SqlCommand commandSourceData = new SqlCommand(
                "SELECT ProductID, Name, " +
                "ProductNumber " +
                "FROM Production.Product;", sourceConnection);
            SqlDataReader reader =

            // Set up the bulk copy object.
            using (SqlBulkCopy bulkCopy =
                       new SqlBulkCopy(connectionString))
                bulkCopy.DestinationTableName =

                // Set up the column mappings by name and ordinal.
                SqlBulkCopyColumnMapping columnMapID =
                    new SqlBulkCopyColumnMapping("ProductID", 0);

                SqlBulkCopyColumnMapping columnMapName =
                    new SqlBulkCopyColumnMapping("Name", 2);

                SqlBulkCopyColumnMapping columnMapNumber =
                    new SqlBulkCopyColumnMapping("ProductNumber", 1);

                // Write from the source to the destination.
                catch (Exception ex)
                    // Close the SqlDataReader. The SqlBulkCopy
                    // object is automatically closed at the end
                    // of the using block.

            // Perform a final count on the destination 
            // table to see how many rows were added.
            long countEnd = System.Convert.ToInt32(
            Console.WriteLine("Ending row count = {0}", countEnd);
            Console.WriteLine("{0} rows were added.", countEnd - countStart);
            Console.WriteLine("Press Enter to finish.");

    private static string GetConnectionString()
        // To avoid storing the sourceConnection string in your code, 
        // you can retrieve it from a configuration file. 
        return "Data Source=(local); " +
            " Integrated Security=true;" +
            "Initial Catalog=AdventureWorks;";

Windows 98, Windows Server 2000 SP4, Windows Millennium Edition, Windows Server 2003, Windows XP Media Center Edition, Windows XP Professional x64 Edition, Windows XP SP2, Windows XP Starter Edition

The Microsoft .NET Framework 3.0 is supported on Windows Vista, Microsoft Windows XP SP2, and Windows Server 2003 SP1.

.NET Framework

Supported in: 3.0, 2.0