how to import xml from a website, parse it and save the results into mssql 2k8 r2


I have an external XML web site ( that I need to import into MSSQL Server 2008 R2.

1. is this even possible?

2. how would this be done?

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Mark WillsConnect With a Mentor Topic AdvisorCommented:
Well, can do it all within a single SQL Script, but, need to use xp_cmdshell

You can turn it on at the start and turn it off at the end if needed. I have included turning on the option which allows xp_cmdshell.

Anyway, check out below, I have tried it and it works...

You just need to change the physical file path and server names (etc)

-- To allow changes to XP_CMDSHELL advanced options to be available.
EXEC sp_configure 'show advanced options', 1
-- To update the currently configured value for advanced options.
-- To enable the feature.
EXEC sp_configure 'xp_cmdshell', 1
-- To update the currently configured value for this feature.
-- if needed, turn off the advanced options again

-- Now, lets create a script within the database then we can export that and use that script to grab the page and then load the XML

if object_id('js_mydownload_script','U') is not null drop table js_mydownload_script
create table js_mydownload_script (line varchar(255))

insert js_mydownload_script values ('var fso = new ActiveXObject(''Scripting.FileSystemObject'');')
insert js_mydownload_script values ('var xmlhttp=new ActiveXObject("microsoft.xmlhttp");')
insert js_mydownload_script values ('"GET", "", false);')
insert js_mydownload_script values ('xmlhttp.send();')
insert js_mydownload_script values ('var data=xmlhttp.responsetext;')
insert js_mydownload_script values ('var file = fso.CreateTextFile("c:\\ee\\forex2.xml",true);')  -------- change file path
insert js_mydownload_script values ('file.writeLine(data);')
insert js_mydownload_script values ('file.close();')

-- right, now export that script -- remember to check and change that path.
exec xp_cmdshell 'bcp "select * from ee_test_db..js_mydownload_script" queryout "c:\ee\js_my_download_script.js" -SMY-SERVER\SQL2012 -c -T -CACP'

-- and then execute the script
exec xp_cmdshell 'cscript.exe c:\ee\js_my_download_script.js'

-- or create a generic script file externally - just a text file edited in notepad (between the /* ... */ below) - then use that passing in the params
var fso = new ActiveXObject('Scripting.FileSystemObject');
var args = WScript.Arguments;
var url = args(0);
var fileName = args(1);
var xmlhttp=new ActiveXObject("microsoft.xmlhttp");"GET", url, false);
var data=xmlhttp.responsetext;
var file = fso.CreateTextFile(fileName, 2);

-- then your execute sql becomes even easier :

exec xp_cmdshell 'cscript c:\ee\js_download_script.js c:\ee\forex2.xml'

-- now we have the XML file locally, we can then set about importing it...

-- first we will need a staging table
if object_id('tempdb..#my_xml_staging','U') is not null drop table #my_xml_staging
create table #my_xml_staging(id int identity, xml_col xml)

-- now bulk load the file into a staging table
INSERT INTO #my_xml_staging(Xml_Col)

-- now lets see what we have
select R.C.value('@code','char(3)') as code,
       R.C.value('@description','varchar(100)') as description,
       R.C.value('@rate','decimal(12,4)') as rate
from #my_xml_staging X
cross apply X.xml_col.nodes('/forex/data/currency') as R(C)

-- and we can add the "insert my_real_table (code, description, rate)" as the first line above the select to insert into the real home.

-- If needed, turn off xp_cmdshell by using the sp_configure and setting to 0 instead of 1 as per above

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jschultz0614Author Commented:
I tried the example found at with no luck, it only returns an empty rowset.
Aaron TomoskyTechnology ConsultantCommented:
Here are some good examples

Get the insert working outside of your site, them get a simple insert working, and only then put it all together. Too many things can be a problem when doing it all at once.
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jschultz0614Author Commented:
getting the following error:
Msg 4860, Level 16, State 1, Line 51
Cannot bulk load. The file "c:\ee\forex2.xml" does not exist.

I created the ee directory. The script works only if I manually download the xml file myself.
jschultz0614Author Commented:
Disregard :), forgot to create the js script :D.

jschultz0614Author Commented:
Awesome Script
Mark WillsTopic AdvisorCommented:
Thanks, I have been using it for a while now, and (so far) it stands the test of time...

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