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Bulk insert with dynamic primary key -SQL Server 2000/2005

You often need a bulk insert with dynamic primary key where you can define your keys without getting it from the .txt files or .csv files.

here are the stored procedure to bulk insert country with dynamic primary key.

first create temp.txt file in c drive with following data.


then create table with following fields

countryid int 4
countryname varchar(100)

and assign name as tblCountryMaster

now use following stored procedure


CREATE PROCEDURE sp_BulkInsertCountry
@FilePath varchar(1000)
--variable declaration
declare @SQL varchar(500)
declare @id int
declare @CountryName varchar(30)

--Create temporary table for Country
CREATE TABLE #tmpCountry
CountryName varchar(30),

---executing bulk insert on temporary table
SET @SQL='BULK INSERT #tmpCountry from ''' + @FilePath + ''' WITH (FIELDTERMINATOR ='','',ROWTERMINATOR=''\n'')'

select [CountryName] from #tmpCountry

OPEN cursor_Country
FETCH NEXT FROM cursor_Country INTO @CountryName
SELECT @id=isnull(max(Countryid),0) from tblCountryMaster
SET @id=@id+1
INSERT INTO tblCountryMaster values(@Id,@CountryName)
FETCH NEXT FROM cursor_Country INTO @CountryName
CLOSE cursor_Country
DEALLOCATE cursor_Country


happy programming


  1. Good lord is there not an easier way to do this? This seems horrendously complicated.


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