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C# – SQL – Bulk Insert records from Data Table and CSV

In my previous article I provided the steps to update records in single transaction using SQL “Table-Valued Parameter Types”.

In this article, lets see an easy way to bulk insert the records using SQLBulkCopy

What is SQLBulkCopy:

  • SQLBulkCopy class comes with ‘System.Data’ namespace and can be used to write/Insert data to SQL Server tables.
  • Though there are other ways to load data into a SQL Server table (i.e., INSERT statements, for example) but ‘SQLBulkCopy’ offers a significant performance advantage.

Below are the steps to use SQLBulkCopy with the combination of ‘Data Table’


To simplify the explanation, I am taking a ‘Student’ table with 3 columns.

  • Create a ‘Student’ table.

Data Table 1

  • In C# console application, prepare a ‘Data Table’ with the structure similar to ‘Student’ SQL table.

tableStudents = new DataTable(“Student”);
tableStudents.Columns.Add(“StudentID”, typeof(string));
tableStudents.Columns.Add(“StudentName”, typeof(string));
tableStudents.Columns.Add(“City”, typeof(string));

// Add ‘Student’ data as Rows to the Data Table
DataRow rowStudent = tableStudents.NewRow();
rowStudent[“StudentID”] = “RJ001”
rowStudent[“StudentName”] = “Rajeev”;
rowStudent[“City”] = “Hyd”;

//Add the Data Row to Table

  • Instantiate and execute the ‘SQLBulkCopy’ by passing the Data Table

using (SqlBulkCopy bulkCopy = new SqlBulkCopy({SQLConnection}, SqlBulkCopyOptions.TableLock | SqlBulkCopyOptions.FireTriggers | SqlBulkCopyOptions.UseInternalTransaction, null))
bulkCopy.DestinationTableName = “Student“; // Your SQL Table name

//Optional mappings. Not required, if your ‘Data Table’ column names match with ‘SQL Table’ column names
bulkCopy.ColumnMappings.Add(“StudentID”, “StudentID”);
bulkCopy.ColumnMappings.Add(“StudentName”, “StudentName”);
bulkCopy.ColumnMappings.Add(“City”, “City”);
isSuccuss = true;

  • Execute the code which inserts rows from ‘Data Table’ to ‘Student’ SQL table.

Now lets see how to insert the CSV data to SQL table with query.

Note: You can also do the same with SQL Import Wizard

Bulk insert records from CSV to SQL Table:

  • Assume that you have data available in a CSV file and want to insert them as records in SQL Table.

Insert 1

  • Below is the query

Bulk Insert {SQL Table Name}

from ‘CSV File Path’


Insert 2

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