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Summary: The content discusses three methods for exporting SQL Server tables to CSV files, highlighting the use of native tools, such as the Import/Export Wizard and the BCP utility, as well as the recommendation of a third-party tool for SQL database recovery. Native methods are described in detail, along with their challenges.

Transferring SQL Server tables to a CSV file serves as a reliable method for safeguarding SQL Server data as a backup, proving valuable in situations such as SQL database corruption, server crashes, or downtime. These backup files can be restored anytime when there is a need. Check how to restore SQL database from backup manually.

Furthermore, SQL administrators and users have the option to employ this CSV file to access and extract vital information offline, without the need to connect to the SQL Server.

In this blog, we are going to learn some smart ways to export SQL Server tables to the CSV file format.

Ways to export SQL Server tables to CSV file

Native Way 1: Using Import/Export Wizard in SQL Server

SQL Server Management Studio seamlessly incorporates the SQL Server Import/Export wizard, enabling the export of SQL Server tables to CSV files with customizable configurations and a preview feature. Let’s delve into the complete procedure.

  1. Launch SQL Server Management Studio on your SQL system and establish a connection to an SQL Server instance.
  2. Move to the Object Explorer, select and right-click on the SQL Server database, then follow Tasks>Export data.
  3. A fresh window will appear, titled the “SQL Server Import and Export Wizard.” To proceed, simply select “Next.”
  4. On the Choose a Data Source page, select Data source as SQL Server Native Client 11.0 from the drop-down arrow, select the SQL Server instance from the drop-down arrow, select an Authentication mode, select the database from the drop-down arrow and click Next.
  5. On the next Choose a Destination page, choose Destination as the Flat File Destination; for the File Name section, click Browse and provide the saving path location of the CSV file (to which SQL table will be exported). Then, click Next.
  6. The Specify Table Copy or Query page is opened. Here, select the option Copy data from one or more tables to copy all the data from the existing tables or views in the source database and click Next.
  7. On the Configure Flat File Destination page, select the Source or table view. Click the Preview option to view the data to be exported. After the preview is done, click Next.
  8. On the Save and Run page, ensure that the option Run immediately is selected and click Next.
  9. Click the Finish option on the Complete the Wizard page with export information.
  10. FUltimately, the export process will conclude as a triumph, encompassing vital SQL Server tables export details, including Total, Success, Error, and Warning statistics. To access and preserve the export report, simply select the Report option, and subsequently, click Close.
  11. To access the exported SQL Server tables as a CSV file, navigate to the designated location for the CSV file and open the corresponding file.
Native Way 2: Using BCP Utility in Command Prompt

The BCP (Bulk Copy Program) utility, accessible through the Command Prompt, enables the export of SQL Server instances to a data file and the import of SQL Server table content from a data file into the SQL Server table.

  1. Open Command Prompt on your system by typing cmd in the Search filter of your system.
  2. Run bcp ? command to view multiple switches for the bcp utility.
  3. Next, run this command to export a specific table from the SQL Server database to the CSV file with a -S switch to connect to the SQL Server instance.
    C:\Users\Username> bcp <database name>.<schema name>.<table name> out <csv file saving path> -S<sql server instance name>

    Provide the required details in the above command in place of the bolded content.

  4. This will export the SQL Server table to the CSV file at the specified location.
  5. Administrators can utilize other switches displayed during the second step also as per their requirements.

Challenges with the Native Ways

  • Lengthy, time-consuming process
  • Inconsistency and data loss risks
  • Not workable for corrupt SQL Server database
  • Need technical skills and expertise
Automated SQL Recovery: Using Kernel for SQL Server Recovery tool

Utilizing the best third-party tool, the SQL Server Recovery, SQL administrators can repair corrupt SQL database (MDF) files, preview the recovered database components, and then save desired folders including tables, records, or other objects to either live SQL Server or a batch file at the specified system drive location. Check all the functions and features of the advanced professional utility on its official home page.


Exporting SQL Server tables to a CSV file can be achieved using native options such as the Import & Export wizard or the bcp utility. However, this process can be cumbersome for certain users, and it is not suitable for exporting damaged or corrupted SQL database files. Therefore, it is recommended to utilize a comprehensive and professional SQL database recovery tool to address these challenges.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q. Do I require SQL Server instance connected to use the Import and Export Wizard in the SQL Server Management Studio?
A. Yes, of course. It is the prime requirement to connect to the SQL Server instance using any SQL Server Management Studio function over the SQL Server database.
Q. What does the trial version of the software offer?
A. The software trial version is available to download free on the website and allows users to scan and recover corrupt/damaged SQL database files and preview selected object content free.
Q. How to check if the SQL Server table is successfully export to CSV file via native solutions?
A. If using any manual way – the Import/Export Wizard or the BCP utility in Command Prompt, you can check the successful export of SQL tables to a CSV file by navigating the specified CSV file path and checking the exported details in the CSV file.
Q. With the professional tool, is it needed to connect to SQL Server instance to move SQL objects to a batch file?
A. No. Users are just required to have the SQL Server database file or MDF file to perform its recovery and save desired SQL objects to the batch file at the specified destination.

Kernel for SQL Database Recovery