SQLServer into PostgreSQL

northwind data with squirrel

Posted on June 16, 2016

Continuing my series on data import into PostgreSQL database, this covers a quick way of getting some sample SQLServer data into Postgres. For this example, I’ll be performing a quick ‘n dirty transfer using SquirrelSQL, a cross-platform database tool.

SQL Server to Postgres with SquirrelSQL

Initally, I tried the DBCopy plugin in Squirrel, however it errored out on type conversions from SQLServer to Postgres. With no means to easily configure, DBCopy was a dead end. Instead, I just used Squirrel to export a CSV file of data from a SELECT query against the employees table.

select EmployeeID as staff_id, FirstName as first_name, LastName as last_name from Employees;


With that query executed, select the ‘Session | Scripts | Store result of SQL in file’ option. Choose CSV as format and save to a temporary location.


Then to create the target table in Postgres and import the CSV data:

CREATE TABLE employee (
    staff_id INT PRIMARY KEY,
    first_name VARCHAR(45),
    last_name VARCHAR(45),
    email VARCHAR(50)
COPY employee(staff_id, first_name, last_name) FROM 'C:/tmp/northwnd_employees.csv' DELIMITER ',' CSV HEADER;

This loads the data into PostgreSQL:


While this works, I wouldn’t recommend this apporach except for one off jobs as it’s not easily automatable or extensible. It’s a pity the DBCopy plugin which allows copy/paste of entire tables doesn’t support more column type mappings.

More in this series…