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Create an SQL Server Database Using C#

, 24 Apr 2013 CPOL
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Create a SQL Server database using C#.

This interface is akin to the SQL Server New Database menu.


In this presentation, I would like to show you how to create an SQL Server database using C#. Actually I had to deal with the problem when programming for our own specific DBMS.

First of all, you have to create a connection to the master database of your SQL Server to manipulate the new database (master is the database where you can get details about the whole DBMS).

Using the code

The code for creating the database is very simple, the main function can be listed as follows:

private void CreateDatabase(DatabaseParam DBParam)
    System.Data.SqlClient.SqlConnection tmpConn;
    string sqlCreateDBQuery;
    tmpConn = new SqlConnection();
    tmpConn.ConnectionString = "SERVER = " + DBParam.ServerName + 
                         "; DATABASE = master; User ID = sa; Pwd = sa";
    sqlCreateDBQuery = " CREATE DATABASE "
                       + DBParam.DatabaseName
                       + " ON PRIMARY " 
                       + " (NAME = " + DBParam.DataFileName +", "
                       + " FILENAME = '" + DBParam.DataPathName +"', " 
                       + " SIZE = 2MB,"
                       + " FILEGROWTH =" + DBParam.DataFileGrowth +") "
                       + " LOG ON (NAME =" + DBParam.LogFileName +", "
                       + " FILENAME = '" + DBParam.LogPathName + "', " 
                       + " SIZE = 1MB, "
                       + " FILEGROWTH =" + DBParam.LogFileGrowth +") ";
     SqlCommand myCommand = new SqlCommand(sqlCreateDBQuery, tmpConn);
         MessageBox.Show("Database has been created successfully!", 
                           "Create Database", MessageBoxButtons.OK, 
     catch (System.Exception ex)
         MessageBox.Show(ex.ToString(), "Create Database", 


You have to change the DBParam.ServerName to your appropriate SQL Server name.

Checking your results

To see the results, click on Enterprise Manager of SQL Server, click on the plus (+) next to your Server, click on (+) next to Database tab, and you can see the test DB.


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Nguyen Thanh Phuong
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Vietnam Vietnam
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SuggestionBetter ways of doing this Pin
jim lahey at 24-Apr-13 5:56
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GeneralRe: Better ways of doing this Pin
Thomas Haller at 25-Apr-13 2:32
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QuestionFolder in Program Folder Pin
cipri94 at 17-Jun-12 9:22
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GeneralUpdate to use the program on network and some problems Pin
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Niyazi Yarar at 6-Feb-12 1:03
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NewsConnection string!!! [modified] Pin
Tomasz Karlinski at 17-May-11 10:40
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Generaldont work Pin
priazma at 20-Mar-11 4:42
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NewsMy vote of 1 Pin
Eddy Vluggen at 24-Apr-13 5:54
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Try starting your app/visual studio as administrator and try again.
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QuestionHow to solve the error says An unhandled exception of type 'System.Data.SqlClient.SqlException' occurred in Additional information: System error. That is occur when i need to execute the stored procedure using C# Pin
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