TransactSQL to run another TransactSQL script

I have 10 transact SQL scripts that each create a table and fill it with data.

I am attempting to create 1 master sql script that will run each of the 10 other scripts.

Is there a way with TSQL / TRANSACTSQL for Microsoft SQL Server 2008 to execute another tsql script from within the current tsql script?

This is intended to be run through the SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS).


Try this if you are trying to execute a .sql file in SSMS:

:r C:\Scripts\Script1.sql
:r C:\Scripts\Script2.sql
:r C:\Scripts\Script3.sql

note: for this to run turn on sql command mode (Query > SQLCMD Mode)

If these are scripts you run fairly often you might consider dropping them in a stored proc and running them that way...

You can also do it through sqlcmd (which I believe is more common):

sqlcmd -S serverName\instanceName -i C:\Scripts\Script1.sql

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Or just use openrowset to read your script into a variable and execute it:

SELECT @SQL = BulkColumn
    (   BULK 'MeinPfad\MeinSkript.sql'

--PRINT @sql
EXEC (@sql)

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The simplest way would be to make your scripts stored procedures, and to call (via the EXECUTE command) each procedure in turn from a central procedure. This is ideal if you're going to run the exact same script(s) over and over again (or the same script with different parameters passed in).

If your scripts are .sql (or any kind of text) file, as @Abe Miesller says (upvoted) you can run them from within SSMS via the :r command, when SQLCMD mode is enabled. You would have to know and script the exact file path and name. This cannot be done from within a stored procedure.

A last alternative, usable with "known" file names and necessary for arbitrary file names (say, all files currently loaded in a subfolder) is to leverage the power of extended procedure XP_CMDSHELL. Such solutions can get compelx pretty fast (use it to retrieve list of files, build and execute via xp_cmdshell a string calling SQLCMD for each file in turn, manage results and errors via output files, it goes on and on) so I'd only do this as a last resort.

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You can use osql or better yet the newer sqlcmd almost interchangeably. I am using osql in this example only because I happened to have a code sample sitting around but in production I am using sqlcmd. Here is a snipped of code out of a larger procedure I use to run update scripts against databases. They are ordered by major, minor, release, build as I name my scripts using that convention to track releases. You are obviously missing all of my error handing, the parts where I pull available scripts from the database, setup variables, etc but you may still find this snippet useful.

The main part I like about using osql or sqlcmd is that you can run this code in ssms, or in a stored procedure (called on a scheduled basis maybe) or from a batch file. Very flexible.

--Use cursor to run upgrade scripts
FROM #Scripts
ORDER BY Major, Minor, Release, Build

OPEN OSQL_cursor

WHILE (@@fetch_status <> -1)
    IF ((@@fetch_status <> -2) AND (@result = 0))
        SET @CommandString = 'osql -S ' + @@ServerName + ' -E -n -b -d ' + @DbName + ' -i "' + @Dir + @name + '"'
        EXEC @result = master.dbo.xp_cmdshell @CommandString, NO_OUTPUT
        IF (@result = 0)
            SET @Seconds = DATEDIFF(s, @LastTime, GETDATE())
            SET @Minutes = @Seconds / 60
            SET @Seconds = @Seconds - (@Minutes * 60)
            PRINT 'Successfully applied ' + @name + ' in ' + cast(@Minutes as varchar) 
                + ' minutes ' + cast(@Seconds as varchar) + ' seconds.'
            SET @LastTime = GETDATE()
            SET @errMessage = 'Error applying ' + @name + '! The database is in an unknown state and the schema may not match the version.'
            SET @errMessage = @errMessage + char(13) + 'To find the error restore the database to version ' + @StartingVersion
            SET @errMessage = @errMessage + ', set @UpToVersion = the last version successfully applied, then run ' + @name
            SET @errMessage = @errMessage + ' manually in Query Analyzer.'  
        IF @name = (@UpToVersion + '.sql')
            GOTO CleanUpCursor --Quit if the final script specified has been run.
    FETCH ENDT FROM OSQL_cursor INTO @name

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  • when you say script do you mean a .sql file?
  • yes, I do mean a .sql file. thanks!
  • what does the :r do? Where is it documented? Could you provide a link?
  • Note: Using :r in SSMS requires turning on SQLCMD mode: Query menu -> SQLCMD Mode.
  • @Oded, give this a read: :r imports and executes a file.
  • This rocks! I came across a big need to do this two days ago, but couldn't find a good example. Thanks! NOTE: Your filepath and file name should NOT have spaces in them for this to work. Also, I'm using the ":r" syntax, not sqlcmd.
  • Used :r syntax. Got "Incorrect syntax was encountered while parsing :r" error while using :r 'c:\some path\script.sql' command. Others stated that path should not have spaces. But after changing to :r "c:\some path\script.sql" (note path surrounded with " not '. Same as you should do in command line) everything worked. SSMS 2012.
  • This is nice; but just to add the caution that it'll only work for files whose contents fit inside that "varchar(MAX)".
  • SINGLE_CLOB worked for me, SINGLE_BLOB gave me a syntax error
  • Best to use SQLCMD with SQL 2005 and up. Supports all the OSQL (and ISQL) features, along with some new wifty features an add-ins.
  • @Philip Kelley: Thanks for the tip. I'm not sure how I missed that one. I guess since I don't do much from the command line.
  • Ever since I hit a hidden yet fundamental difference between isql and osql, I check them out when a new version gets rolled out