SqlBulkCopy.BulkCopyTimeout Property


Number of seconds for the operation to complete before it times out.

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

Public Property BulkCopyTimeout As Integer

Property Value

Type: System.Int32

The integer value of the BulkCopyTimeout property. The default is 30 seconds. A value of 0 indicates no limit; the bulk copy will wait indefinitely.

If the operation does time out, the transaction is not committed and all copied rows are removed from the destination table.

The following console application demonstrates how to modify the time-out to 60 seconds when bulk loading data.

In this example, the source data is first read from a SQL Server table to a SqlDataReader instance. The source data does not have to be located on SQL Server; you can use any data source that can be read to an IDataReader or loaded to a DataTable.


This sample will not run unless you have created the work tables as described in Bulk Copy Example Setup. 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-SQLINSERT … SELECT statement to copy the data.

Imports System.Data.SqlClient

Module Module1
    Sub Main()
        Dim connectionString As String = GetConnectionString()

        ' Open a connection to the AdventureWorks database.
        Using sourceConnection As SqlConnection = _
           New SqlConnection(connectionString)

            ' Perform an initial count on the destination table.
            Dim commandRowCount As New SqlCommand( _
            "SELECT COUNT(*) FROM dbo.BulkCopyDemoMatchingColumns;", _
            Dim countStart As Long = _
            Console.WriteLine("Starting row count = {0}", countStart)

            ' Get data from the source table as a SqlDataReader.
            Dim commandSourceData As SqlCommand = New SqlCommand( _
               "SELECT ProductID, Name, ProductNumber " & _
               "FROM Production.Product;", sourceConnection)
            Dim reader As SqlDataReader = commandSourceData.ExecuteReader

            ' Create the SqlBulkCopy object using a connection string. 
            ' In the real world you would not use SqlBulkCopy to move
            ' data from one table to the other in the same database.
            Using bulkCopy As SqlBulkCopy = _
              New SqlBulkCopy(connectionString)
                bulkCopy.DestinationTableName = "dbo.BulkCopyDemoMatchingColumns"

                ' Set the timeout.
                bulkCopy.BulkCopyTimeout = 60

                    ' Write from the source to the destination.

                Catch ex As Exception

                    ' Close the SqlDataReader. The SqlBulkCopy
                    ' object is automatically closed at the end
                    ' of the Using block.
                End Try
            End Using

            ' Perform a final count on the destination table
            ' to see how many rows were added.
            Dim countEnd As Long = _
            Console.WriteLine("Ending row count = {0}", countEnd)
            Console.WriteLine("{0} rows were added.", countEnd - countStart)

            Console.WriteLine("Press Enter to finish.")
        End Using
    End Sub

    Private Function GetConnectionString() As String
        ' 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;"
    End Function
End Module

.NET Framework
Available since 2.0
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