This post was authored by Meet Bhagdev, Program Manager, Microsoft

We are excited to announce the availability of the preview for SQL Server Command Line Tools (sqlcmd and bcp) on Mac OS.

The sqlcmd utility is a command-line tool that lets you submit T-SQL statements or batches to local and remote instances of SQL Server. The utility is extremely useful for repetitive database tasks such as batch processing or unit testing.

The bulk copy program utility (bcp), bulk copies data between an instance of Microsoft SQL Server and a data file in a user-specified format. The bcp utility can be used to import large numbers of new rows into SQL Server tables or to export data out of tables into data files.

Install the tools for Mac El Capitan and Sierra

/usr/bin/ruby -e “$(curl -fsSL”
brew tap microsoft/mssql-preview
brew update
brew install –no-sandbox msodbcsql mssql-tools
#for silent install ACCEPT_EULA=y brew install –no-sandbox msodbcsql mssql-tools

Get Started

sqlcmd -S localhost -U sa -P <your_password> -Q “<your_query>”

bcp <your table>in ~/test_data.txt -S localhost -U sa -P <your password>-d<your database> -c -t ‘,’
bcp <your table>out ~/test_export.txt -S localhost -U sa -P<your password> -d<your database> -c -t ‘,’

For more information, check out some examples for sqlcmd and bcp.

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