Import a textfile to MS SQL with python

Steve Holden steve at
Wed Sep 6 10:30:05 CEST 2006

joel.sjoo at wrote:
> I'm a dba for SQL server and I Will import a textfile to SQL. For
> example I use a file with 3 columns. ID, Name and Surname and the
> columns are tab separated. I don't know much about programming.
> Anyway, I use this code below. It works, but it will not split the
> columns. I have tried to change the argumnts in str(alllines[]) Some of
> the columns can include many characters and some not. For exampel names
> can be Bo or Lars-Ture.
> I be glad if some can help me with this.
> Regar Joel
> import pymssql
> import string,re
> myconn =
> pymssql.connect(host='lisa',user='sa',password='AGpu83!#',database='junk')

Thanks for letting us know the administrator password for your database. 
You might want to consider changing it (unless you modified this line 
before posting).

> mycursor = myconn.cursor()
> inpfile=open('c:\\temp\\test.txt','r')
> for alllines in'\n'):
> 	stmt="insert into python (id, namn, efternamn) values ('%s', '%s',
> '%s')" %(str(alllines[0]),str(alllines[2:10]),str(alllines[3:10]))
> mycursor.execute(stmt)
> 	print stmt

This is much better expressed as something like the following (untested):

stmt = "insert into python (id, namn, efternamn) values (?, ?, ?)"
for line in inpfile:
     mycursor.execute(stmt, tuple(line.split()))

Note that the "(?, ?, ?)" list of parameter markers assumes that pymssql 
uses the "qmark" paramstyle, you'll have to check the documentation if 
you get SQL syntax errors or similar - I couldn't easily find a 
reference on the web.

The point of passing the tuple of data values as a second argument to 
the .execute() method is to have the DB module take care of any 
necessary quoting and representation issues. Otherwise values that (for 
example) include a singel quotes, such as "O'Reilly" can be problematical.

> inpfile.close()
> myconn.commit()
> myconn.close()

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