Run Transact-SQL Script Files Using sqlcmd
 

Updated: July 15, 2016

Applies To: SQL Server 2016

Use sqlcmd to run a Transact-SQL script file. A Transact-SQL script file is a text file that can contain a combination of Transact-SQL statements, sqlcmd commands, and scripting variables.

To create a simple Transact-SQL script file by using Notepad, follow these steps:

  1. Click Start, point to All Programs, point to Accessories, and then click Notepad.

  2. Copy and paste the following Transact-SQL code into Notepad:

    USE AdventureWorks2012;  
    GO  
    SELECT p.FirstName + ' ' + p.LastName AS 'Employee Name',  
    a.AddressLine1, a.AddressLine2 , a.City, a.PostalCode   
    FROM Person.Person AS p   
       INNER JOIN HumanResources.Employee AS e   
            ON p.BusinessEntityID = e.BusinessEntityID  
        INNER JOIN Person.BusinessEntityAddress bea   
            ON bea.BusinessEntityID = e.BusinessEntityID  
        INNER JOIN Person.Address AS a   
            ON a.AddressID = bea.AddressID;  
    GO  
    
  3. Save the file as myScript.sql in the C drive.

  1. Open a command prompt window.

  2. In the Command Prompt window, type: sqlcmd -S myServer\instanceName -i C:\myScript.sql

  3. Press ENTER.

A list of Adventure Works employee names and addresses is written to the command prompt window.

  1. Open a command prompt window.

  2. In the Command Prompt window, type: sqlcmd -S myServer\instanceName -i C:\myScript.sql -o C:\EmpAdds.txt

  3. Press ENTER.

No output is returned in the Command Prompt window. Instead, the output is sent to the EmpAdds.txt file. You can verify this output by opening the EmpAdds.txt file.

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