C# console app to generate SQL insert statement, export insert statement tool
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Use case

  • You want to reproduce some errors that happened on a production.
  • Production database is huge and it is hard to restore from a backup.
  • To copy data from a server database to developer machine is very boring job.
  • Most tool I found only support exporting to text file, excel file, or some Wizard UI.
  • You can use this tool (Export-SqlQuery.ps1) to export your SQL query result to a set of insert statement.
  • Export-SqlQuery.ps1 use CodeSanook.SqlGenerator.dll for preparing multiple query and create SQL script file
  • The program can only use with Windows client now.

Use case in Thai language

  • ครื่องมือสำหรับ export SQL query to insert statement ครับ
  • สำหรับท่านใดที่ต้องการ export SQL query select statement เพื่อดึงข้อมูลบางส่วนจาก production database แล้วสร้าง insert statement ให้โดยอัตโนมัติ
  • ตัวอย่างเช่น database ใน production ใหญ่มาก แต่เราต้องการข้อมูลเพียงบางส่วน เช่นเฉพาะ data ที่เกี่ยวข้องกับ user จำนวนหนึ่ง
  • เราก็ทำการสร้าง select statment ของข้อมูลที่เกี่ยวข้องทั้งหมด ตัว tool (Export-SqlQuery.ps1 หรือ CodeSanook.SqlGenerator.dll) ก็จะสร้าง insert statment ให้เราเอาไปใช้งานได้เลยครับ เช่น นำไป execute ใน develop machine
  • github project URL https://github.com/codesanook/CodeSanook.SqlGenerator

Benefit and motivation

  • Work with any target columns order or missing columns
  • Create multiple statement into on file and apply once
  • Insert to a correct order of dependency, no need to drop constraints
  • work with multiple database type, SqlServer, MySQL
  • Not require any UI tool, e.g. SSMS

Program language/Framework used in the tool

  • C# 4.6.1 .NET Standard
  • PowerShell
  • MS Build
  • Git Client http://gitforwindows.org/
  • NHibernate
  • FluentNHibernate
  • SQL Server Express (free edition)


Before we can start, you need to have the following software installed on your computer

  • GIT client, you can down from http://gitforwindows.org/ and install.
  • MS Build 2017, you can install with vs_BuildTools.exe.
  • PowerShell
  • .NET Framework developer package, you can install with

How to use Export-SqlQuery.ps1

Clone the project (only for the first time)

Launch PowerShell with administrator permission. CD to a folder that you want to store the project files.

Use git command

git clone https://github.com/codesanook/CodeSanook.SqlGenerator.git 

CD to go inside the folder of solution file.

cd CodeSanook.SqlGenerator\

Build the project (only the first time and when you update source codes)

Install MS build with Chocolatey

choco install microsoft-build-tools

Temporary allow ExecutionPolicy to run PowerShell script in the project

Set-ExecutionPolicy -ExecutionPolicy Unrestricted

Execute PowerShellFile to build a project


Run Export-SqlQuery

Edit Export-SqlQuery.ps1 to have a query that you want to create insert statement script and change a connection string to point to your SQL server.


Check if you have a script.sql that contains multiple insert statements.


Example of a demo table schema

CREATE TABLE [dbo].[Users] (
    [Id] [uniqueidentifier] NOT NULL PRIMARY KEY,
    [FirstName] [nvarchar](50) NOT NULL,
    [LastName] [nvarchar](50) NOT NULL,
    [DateOfBirth] [datetime] NULL,
    [Checked] [bit] NULL,
    [Money] [decimal](18, 4) NULL

Example of SQL query

    SELECT * FROM Users

Example of SQL export template

    INSERT INTO [Users] 

Built-in placeholders are:

    #{columnName} for a value of a given column name from a select statment
    #{!'columnName} for a value of a given column name from a select statment and not wrap quote
    #{col*} for CSV of all values in a row
    ##{col*} for CSV of all column names in a row

Example of exported insert statement (contents in script.sql)

    INSERT INTO [Users]
        ([Id], [FirstName], [LastName], [DateOfBirth], [Checked], [Money]) 
        ('efef279a-7633-4ecd-aa30-dbf8f924aac1', 'Aaron', 'Amm', '2018-01-20 09:30:00', 1, NULL)


  • support SQL Server
  • PowerShell Script for working with multiple SQL Query
  • MS Build script for easy deployment
  • Case insensitive column name
  • optimize speed
  • pagination for large data set
  • option to allow inserting auto increment ID
  • support MySQL
  • Not sure about maximum rows can be exported because everything is in memory now
  • Make a class library (DLL)
  • SQL parser to automatic detect an exported table from a query
  • Orchard plug in
  • Export create statement with NHibernate Entity class