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How to Export Multiple Tables From SQL Server to CSV

Shini Mohan ~ Modified: 10-Nov-2021 ~ How To, SQL, Tech ~ 5 Minutes Reading

Are you facing problems when exporting data from SQL Server to CSV file? Don’t know how to transfer data? No need to worry, here in this article, we are going to discuss the best possible solutions to export multiple tables from SQL Server to CSV.

As we know, SQL Server is the widely used relational database management system. It stores all the user data in MDF and NDF file formats. However, there could be a need where users might want to export data from SQL Server to CSV.
CSV is the file format that saves the data in the form of a spreadsheet that can be opened in various platforms like – Microsoft Excel, Notepad, Open Office, Libre Office, and many more Windows programs. Also, by exporting SQL database to CSV, you can easily import your data to other applications. But before importing, make sure to check the format of the .csv file.
Well, in the below section of this blog we have explained two different methods that can help you with the conversion.
Let’s check it out.

Many times we have seen users want to access their SQL Server table data in Excel, but it cannot be possible without importing it to CSV file format. Thus, to have a seamless solution to achieve your target, try SysTools SQL Database Recovery Tool. You can download the Demo version of the tool from here.

Manually Export Tables From SQL Server to CSV File Format

Follow the given steps to export SQL Server table to CSV. But before starting the procedure make sure that the required database should be in a healthy state.

Step 1: First of all, run SSMS in your system and connect to the database.
Step 2: Afterward, go to Object Explorer and search for the database from which you want to export tables in CSV format.
Step 3: Right-click on the required database and then go to Tasks > Export Data.
Step 4: Now, an Import/Export wizard will appear, select SQL Server Native Client 11.0 in Data Source and select SQL Server instance in Server Name and an authentication mode.
Step 5: Here, select the database and click on Next button to export data from SQL Server to CSV.
Step 6: Under Choose a Destination wizard, choose the Flat File Destination option to export data into CSV format and click on Next.
Step 7: In the specify table copy or query screen select an option from Copy data from one or more tables or views or Write a query to specify the data to transfer and click on Next.
Step 8: Select the desired SQL database table from the Source table or view option. You can change the default settings of row delimiter or column delimiter.
Step 9: Now, select either Run immediately or Save SSIS package to export tables as CSV from SQL Server and click on the Next button to proceed.
Step 10: In Complete the Wizard page, preview the summary of the export task. And at last click on Finish.

These are the steps to export SQL Server table to CSV. But there are some limitations that are integrated with this method. Let’s have a look:

  • This method takes a lot of time to export multiple tables.
  • Does not work if the required database is corrupt.
  • SQL Server must be installed in your system if want to use this procedure.

Expert Solution to Export Multiple Tables From SQL Server to CSV

If you don’t want to fall into a situation where you have to wait for a long time to get your data into CSV file. Then it is suggested to use an enterprise-grade level professional SQL Recovery Tool, which has the ability to save multiple tables in CSV file format quickly. Using the tool, users can also recover the corrupt, damaged, or deleted data from the SQL Server database. In addition to this, the application has such a simple graphical user interface that a novice user can also operate it easily without any prior technical knowledge. It is embedded with advanced algorithms that enable the task to be performed very quickly and without any data loss issue. Users  can also read another post to know repair MDF database with corrupted Log File.

Now, follow the steps to export multiple tables from SQL Server to CSV using the automated tool:
Step 1: Launch the tool and run it. Click on Open to choose the database file from which you want to export data.

Launch tool
Step 2: After selecting the file, choose a scan mode as per the level of corruption and also select the Server version of your .mdf file. Users can also check the box for Recover deleted object option to restore the deleted database.

Scan mode
Step 3: Now, the tool will scan & load the database file in the tool and provide its preview. After that click on Export to export SQL Server table to CSV.

Preview data
Step 4: The tool provides three different export options, select CSV file format from the window to export data from SQL Server to CSV.

CSV File Format
Step 5: Select the required database tables and click on Save.

Click export

Users may also read: 

>>How to Convert MDF File to SQL Script?

>>How to Move Table Data From One SQL Server to Another

Summering Up

Well, In this write-up we have described both manual and automated ways to export SQL Database to CSV. But the manual method comes with some limitations and not appropriate if you want to export multiple tables. In such a situation it is recommended to go for the professional solution to export multiple tables from SQL Server to CSV without any hurdle. The tool has so many features you can download the demo version of the tool and check them all.