How to setup and run the Microsoft’s Command Line BCP Utility Without Installing SQL Server Client?

Did your run into situations where you wanted to insert records into your MS SQL Server via bulk copy (bcp) but did not have the SQL Server client installed on your machine? Well I Did. My server was in a different network machine and the machine I was working on locally did not have the SQL Server client installed.

So here is how I managed to download run the BCP utility without needing a SQL Server client installation.

Downloaded the following two files from microsoft’s Website.

  • SQL Native Client: sqlncli.msi
  • SQL Command Line Utilities: SqlCmdLnUtils.msi

Install these files and then you will be able to run the bcp. In my machine, the bcp command line utility was located at:

C:Program FilesMicrosoft SQL Server100ToolsBinn

There is no specific license required for this. I believe, the command line utilities are provided by microsoft for free.

Utility Class For Getting SQL Connection and Closing It

The following is a sample class which you can use as an utility in getting the mysql connections
and closing it (rather than writing the same code again and again to get and close the connection)

/* @author Kushal Paudyal*/
package com.ghumti.kschool.core.database;
import java.sql.Connection;
import java.sql.DriverManager;
import java.sql.SQLException;
import java.sql.Statement;

import com.ghumti.fw.domain.KSEntity;

public class KSDBConnection extends KSEntity {
	private String dbUserName = "root";
	private String dbPassword = "";
	private String dbURL = "jdbc:mysql://localhost:3306/";
	private String database = "kschool";
	private String driver = "com.mysql.jdbc.Driver";

	public Connection getConnection() {
		Connection conn = null;
		try {
			conn = DriverManager.getConnection(getDbURL() + getDatabase(),
					getDbUserName(), getDbPassword());

		} catch (Exception e) {
		} finally {
			return conn;


	public void closeConnection(Connection dbConnection, String className) {
		try {
		} catch (SQLException e1) {
					+ ": Could not close database connection");


	 * Usage Example
	public static void main(String args[]) throws Exception {
		KSDBConnection ksdb = new KSDBConnection();
		Connection conn = ksdb.getConnection();

		String sqlQuery = "Select * from myTable";
		Statement st = conn.createStatement();

		 * Finally Close the connection The second parameter is just used for
		 * error printing
		ksdb.closeConnection(conn, KSDBConnection.class.getName());