Exporting data from the command line

You can automate data export process using the command line. This option can be very useful if you need to export data from the same table or view quite often (for example, for generating a report, etc.). In this case, you can create a template file using Data Export Wizard, where all export settings will be saved, and perform export by specifying the name of this file in the command line instead of going through all wizard pages again and again. Note that some parameters like connection, destination file, and some others can be specified directly in the command line. In this case, the values of these parameters specified in your template file will be overridden.

To create a template file:

  1. Open Data Export Wizard.
  2. Go through all wizard tabs and specify the necessary information and settings.
  3. When all the necessary settings were made, click the Save Template button on any of the wizard’s tabs.


  1. The generated file does not contain password information for security purposes. If the Save Password option is checked for the selected connection in dbForge Data Pump for SQL Server, you should not do anything regarding the password. If it is not, then you should define the password with the help of the /password option.
  2. It is not necessary to click the Export button in the wizard and perform the export process itself to create a template file.

To export data from the command line:

1. Click Start.

2. Type cmd in the Search programs and files text box and press the ENTER button.

3. Type a path to the datapump.com file located in dbForge Data Pump for SQL Server installation folder on your PC, and press the SPACE key.


It is not necessary to specify the extension of the datapump file with the .com extension.

C:\Program Files\Devart\dbForge SQL Tools Professional\dbForge Data Pump for SQL Server\datapump.com 

4. Specify the operation you want to perform (data export) and the template file:

/dataexport /templatefile:<filepath>

5. Type all other arguments you need.

6. Press ENTER to run the process.

The full command may look like as follows:

"C:\Program Files\Devart\dbForge SQL Tools Professional\dbForge Data Pump for SQL Server\datapump.com" /dataexport /templatefile:"C:\Export\sample_template.det"


To run the Command Line in Windows 10:

From the Desktop Mode

  • Move the mouse cursor to the exact lower left corner until the desktop shortcuts menu appears.
  • Right-click to see the shortcut menu and then click Run

From the Charms Bar

  • Move your mouse to the upper right corner until the Charms Bar appears.
  • Select Apps from the list and type run in the search box.
  • Click Run from the search results.

Use Windows + R Shortcut Keys

  • In desktop mode, press the Windows key and R at the same time, to show the Run command line.
  • In the window that opens, type cmd and press Enter.

If you want to learn how to import data to SQL Server database with dbForge Data Pump, feel free to watch this video.