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Generate SQL Script Programmatically

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How to generate SQL object script using C#.NET


This article will give you an idea of how easily you can generate the SQL server database object script using C#. NET.


This article will be helpful for developers who want to generate the SQL Server database objects script like stored procedure, views, etc.

Using the Code

It’s a very easy way... I hope that you will agree with me that the flexibility of Microsoft products to integrate with your custom application is outstanding. Microsoft SQL Server provides a special stored procedure "sp_helptext", This stored procedure allows you to get the description of a given object.

Here I write a function to get the SQL script from a given object. You just need to provide three parameters:

  • Connection string
  • Object name
  • Object type (I used this to determine whether it's a Table or not)
exec sp_helptext 'object'

A sample code example is given below.

Sample Code

public string GetScript(string strConnectionString
                      , string strObject
                      , int ObjType)
    string strScript = null;
    int intCounter = 0;
    if (ObjType != 0)
        ObjSqlConnection = new SqlConnection(strConnectionString.Trim());

            ObjDataSet = new DataSet();
            ObjSqlCommand = new SqlCommand("exec sp_helptext 
				[" + strObject + "]", ObjSqlConnection);
            ObjSqlDataAdapter = new SqlDataAdapter();
            ObjSqlDataAdapter.SelectCommand = ObjSqlCommand;

            foreach (DataRow ObjDataRow in ObjDataSet.Tables[0].Rows)
                strScript += Convert.ToString(ObjDataSet.Tables[0].Rows[intCounter][0]);
        catch (Exception ex)
           strScript = ex.Message.ToString();
            ObjSqlDataAdapter = null;
            ObjSqlCommand = null;
            ObjSqlConnection = null;

    return strScript;

Points of Interest

The stored procedure sp_helptext will not allow to give you any table description.


I hope that this article will be helpful to you. Enjoy!


  • 8th September, 2009: Initial post


This article, along with any associated source code and files, is licensed under The Code Project Open License (CPOL)


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QuestionTitle could be: "Export DDL from a SQL Server Database using C#" Pin
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QuestionDoes support tables and Indexes? Pin
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