Generate comparison reports

After you have run the comparison, you can generate a comparison report to export the results.

1. In the Comparison menu, click Generate Comparison Report.

Generate Comparison Report

2. In the Generate Comparison Report dialog window that appears select a report format (HTML, Excel, or XML), its location and objects you want to report.

Comparison Report

3. Click Generate.


If you want to open the comparison report after generation, select View a report on completion.

You can create a report in one of four formats:

Interactive HTML

By clicking an object you can inspect the differences in the object creation scripts.

The HTML report contains the following information:

  • Date of generation
  • Source and Target details
  • Comparison Results in the form of the list
  • Comparison and Synchronization Options
  • Synchronization script
  • Warnings

HTML Report


An Excel report does not show comparison options.

Excel Report


The XML report is an XML file listing the date of generation, Source and Target details, comparison options selected, comparison summary and results.

XML Report

Excel XML spreadsheet

Schema Compare also allows creating a comparison report in XML Spreadsheet 2003 file format.

To create a report in Excel XML Spreadsheet format:

1. In the Generate Comparison Report dialog window select XML format.

2. Click to select Use XML Spreadsheet 2003 file format.

Create XML to Excel Report

3. Click Generate.

XML to Excel Report

Generate a report from the command line

1. Click the Start button and search for cmd.

2. Type a path to the file located in the dbForge Data Compare for SQL Server installation folder on your PC, and press SPACE.

3. Define what action you would like to perform, for example: /schemacompare.

4. Type all the arguments (actions you want to run) and parameters in the Command Prompt.


To get quick help on the arguments available in the command line, type the following:

/ /?

5. Define Source and Target connection strings.

6. To generate and save a log file, specify the file name and location.

7. To generate and save a comparison report file, specify the file name and location.

For more information and examples, refer to Automate schema comparison and synchronization from the command line.