with - stored procedure to insert data into table in sql server

Insert results of a stored procedure into a temporary table (17)

Easiest Solution:

CREATE TABLE #temp (...);

EXEC [sproc];

If you don't know the schema then you can do the following. Please note that there are severe security risks in this method.

INTO #temp
                'EXEC [db].[schema].[sproc]')

How do I do a SELECT * INTO [temp table] FROM [stored procedure]? Not FROM [Table] and without defining [temp table]?

Select all data from BusinessLine into tmpBusLine works fine.

select *
into tmpBusLine
from BusinessLine

I am trying the same, but using a stored procedure that returns data, is not quite the same.

select *
into tmpBusLine
exec getBusinessLineHistory '16 Mar 2009'

Output message:

Msg 156, Level 15, State 1, Line 2 Incorrect syntax near the keyword 'exec'.

I have read several examples of creating a temporary table with the same structure as the output stored procedure, which works fine, but it would be nice to not supply any columns.

  1. I'm creating a table with the following schema and data.
  2. Create a stored procedure.
  3. Now I know what the result of my procedure is, so I am performing the following query.

    CREATE TABLE [dbo].[tblTestingTree](
        [Id] [int] IDENTITY(1,1) NOT NULL,
        [ParentId] [int] NULL,
        [IsLeft] [bit] NULL,
        [IsRight] [bit] NULL,
        [Id] ASC
    ) ON [PRIMARY]
    SET IDENTITY_INSERT [dbo].[tblTestingTree] ON
    INSERT [dbo].[tblTestingTree] ([Id], [ParentId], [IsLeft], [IsRight]) VALUES (1, NULL, NULL, NULL)
    INSERT [dbo].[tblTestingTree] ([Id], [ParentId], [IsLeft], [IsRight]) VALUES (2, 1, 1, NULL)
    INSERT [dbo].[tblTestingTree] ([Id], [ParentId], [IsLeft], [IsRight]) VALUES (3, 1, NULL, 1)
    INSERT [dbo].[tblTestingTree] ([Id], [ParentId], [IsLeft], [IsRight]) VALUES (4, 2, 1, NULL)
    INSERT [dbo].[tblTestingTree] ([Id], [ParentId], [IsLeft], [IsRight]) VALUES (5, 2, NULL, 1)
    INSERT [dbo].[tblTestingTree] ([Id], [ParentId], [IsLeft], [IsRight]) VALUES (6, 3, 1, NULL)
    INSERT [dbo].[tblTestingTree] ([Id], [ParentId], [IsLeft], [IsRight]) VALUES (7, 3, NULL, 1)
    INSERT [dbo].[tblTestingTree] ([Id], [ParentId], [IsLeft], [IsRight]) VALUES (8, 4, 1, NULL)
    INSERT [dbo].[tblTestingTree] ([Id], [ParentId], [IsLeft], [IsRight]) VALUES (9, 4, NULL, 1)
    INSERT [dbo].[tblTestingTree] ([Id], [ParentId], [IsLeft], [IsRight]) VALUES (10, 5, 1, NULL)
    SET IDENTITY_INSERT [dbo].[tblTestingTree] OFF

    VALUES (10, 5, 1, NULL) SET IDENTITY_INSERT [dbo].[tblTestingTree] On

    create procedure GetDate
        select Id,ParentId from tblTestingTree
    create table tbltemp
        id int,
        ParentId int
    insert into tbltemp
    exec GetDate
    select * from tbltemp;

Another method is to create a type and use PIPELINED to then pass back your object. This is limited to knowing the columns however. But it has the advantage of being able to do:

FROM TABLE(CAST(f$my_functions('8028767') AS my_tab_type))

Does your stored procedure only retrieve the data or modify it too? If it's used only for retrieving, you can convert the stored procedure into a function and use the Common Table Expressions (CTEs) without having to declare it, as follows:

with temp as (
    select * from dbo.fnFunctionName(10, 20)
select col1, col2 from temp

However, whatever needs to be retrieved from the CTE should be used in one statement only. You cannot do a with temp as ... and try to use it after a couple of lines of SQL. You can have multiple CTEs in one statement for more complex queries.

For example,

with temp1020 as (
    select id from dbo.fnFunctionName(10, 20)
temp2030 as (
    select id from dbo.fnFunctionName(20, 30)
select * from temp1020 
where id not in (select id from temp2030)

I met the same problem and here is what I did for this from Paul's suggestion. The main part is here is to use NEWID() to avoid multiple users run the store procedures/scripts at the same time, the pain for global temporary table.

DECLARE @sql varchar(max) = '', 
@tmp_global_table varchar(255) = '##global_tmp_' + CONVERT(varchar(36), NEWID())
SET @sql = @sql + 'select * into [' + @tmp_global_table + '] from YOURTABLE'

EXEC('SELECT * FROM [' + @tmp_global_table + ']')

I would do the following

  1. Create (convert SP to) a UDF (Table value UDF).

  2. select * into #tmpBusLine from dbo.UDF_getBusinessLineHistory '16 Mar 2009'

If the query doesn't contain parameter, use OpenQuery else use OpenRowset.

Basic thing would be to create schema as per stored procedure and insert into that table. e.g.:

                  RequisitionTypeSourceTypeID INT
                , RequisitionTypeID INT
                , RequisitionSourcingTypeID INT
                , AutoDistOverride INT
                , AllowManagerToWithdrawDistributedReq INT
                , ResumeRequired INT
                , WarnSupplierOnDNRReqSubmission  INT
                , MSPApprovalReqd INT
                , EnableMSPSupplierCounterOffer INT
                , RequireVendorToAcceptOffer INT
                , UseCertification INT
                , UseCompetency INT
                , RequireRequisitionTemplate INT
                , CreatedByID INT
                , CreatedDate DATE
                , ModifiedByID INT
                , ModifiedDate DATE
                , UseCandidateScheduledHours INT
                , WeekEndingDayOfWeekID INT
                , AllowAutoEnroll INT
EXEC [dbo].[usp_MySp] 726,3

If the results table of your stored proc is too complicated to type out the "create table" statement by hand, and you can't use OPENQUERY OR OPENROWSET, you can use sp_help to generate the list of columns and data types for you. Once you have the list of columns, it's just a matter of formatting it to suit your needs.

Step 1: Add "into #temp" to the output query (e.g. "select [...] into #temp from [...]").

The easiest way is to edit the output query in the proc directly. if you can't change the stored proc, you can copy the contents into a new query window and modify the query there.

Step 2: Run sp_help on the temp table. (e.g. "exec tempdb..sp_help #temp")

After creating the temp table, run sp_help on the temp table to get a list of the columns and data types including the size of varchar fields.

Step 3: Copy the data columns & types into a create table statement

I have an Excel sheet that I use to format the output of sp_help into a "create table" statement. You don't need anything that fancy, just copy and paste into your SQL editor. Use the column names, sizes, and types to construct a "Create table #x [...]" or "declare @x table [...]" statement which you can use to INSERT the results of the stored procedure.

Step 4: Insert into the newly created table

Now you'll have a query that's like the other solutions described in this thread.

   --these columns were copied from sp_help
   COL1 INT,
   COL2 INT   

Exec spMyProc 

This technique can also be used to convert a temp table (#temp) to a table variable (@temp). While this may be more steps than just writing the create table statement yourself, it prevents manual error such as typos and data type mismatches in large processes. Debugging a typo can take more time than writing the query in the first place.

If you want to do it without first declaring the temporary table, you could try creating a user-defined function rather than a stored procedure and make that user-defined function return a table. Alternativly, if you want to use the stored procedure, try something like this:

   COL1 INT,

Exec SpGetRecords 'Params'

If you're lucky enough to have SQL 2012 or higher, you can use dm_exec_describe_first_result_set_for_object

I have just edited the sql provided by gotqn. Thanks gotqn.

This creates a global temp table with name same as procedure name. The temp table can later be used as required. Just don't forget to drop it before re-executing.

    declare @procname nvarchar(255) = 'myProcedure',
            @sql nvarchar(max) 

    set @sql = 'create table ##' + @procname + ' ('
            select      @sql = @sql + '[' + r.name + '] ' +  r.system_type_name + ','
            from        sys.procedures AS p
            cross apply sys.dm_exec_describe_first_result_set_for_object(p.object_id, 0) AS r
            where       p.name = @procname

            set @sql = substring(@sql,1,len(@sql)-1) + ')'
            execute (@sql)
            execute('insert ##' + @procname + ' exec ' + @procname)

In order to insert the first record set of a stored procedure into a temporary table you need to know the following:

  1. only the first row set of the stored procedure can be inserted into a temporary table
  2. the stored procedure must not execute dynamic T-SQL statement (sp_executesql)
  3. you need to define the structure of the temporary table first

The above may look as limitation, but IMHO it perfectly makes sense - if you are using sp_executesql you can once return two columns and once ten, and if you have multiple result sets, you cannot insert them into several tables as well - you can insert maximum in two table in one T-SQL statement (using OUTPUT clause and no triggers).

So, the issue is mainly how to define the temporary table structure before performing the EXEC ... INTO ... statement.

The first works with OBJECT_ID while the second and the third works with Ad-hoc queries as well. I prefer to use the DMV instead of the sp as you can use CROSS APPLY and build the temporary table definitions for multiple procedures at the same time.

SELECT p.name, r.* 
FROM sys.procedures AS p
CROSS APPLY sys.dm_exec_describe_first_result_set_for_object(p.object_id, 0) AS r;

Also, pay attention to the system_type_name field as it can be very useful. It stores the column complete definition. For, example:


and you can use it directly in most of the cases to create the table definition.

So, I think in most of the cases (if the stored procedure match certain criteria) you can easily build dynamic statements for solving such issues (create the temporary table, insert the stored procedure result in it, do what you need with the data).

Note, that the objects above fail to define the first result set data in some cases like when dynamic T-SQL statements are executed or temporary tables are used in the stored procedure.

Quassnoi put me most of the way there, but one thing was missing:

****I needed to use parameters in the stored procedure.****

And OPENQUERY does not allow for this to happen:

So I found a way to work the system and also not have to make the table definition so rigid, and redefine it inside another stored procedure (and of course take the chance it may break)!

Yes, you can dynamically create the table definition returned from the stored procedure by using the OPENQUERY statement with bogus varaiables (as long the NO RESULT SET returns the same number of fields and in the same position as a dataset with good data).

Once the table is created, you can use exec stored procedure into the temporary table all day long.

And to note (as indicated above) you must enable data access,



declare @locCompanyId varchar(8)
declare @locDateOne datetime
declare @locDateTwo datetime

set @locDateOne = '2/11/2010'
set @locDateTwo = getdate()

--Build temporary table (based on bogus variable values)
--because we just want the table definition and
--since openquery does not allow variable definitions...
--I am going to use bogus variables to get the table defintion.

select * into #tempCoAttendanceRpt20100211
  'EXEC DATABASE.dbo.Proc_MyStoredProc 1,"2/1/2010","2/15/2010 3:00 pm"')

set @locCompanyId = '7753231'

insert into #tempCoAttendanceRpt20100211
EXEC DATABASE.dbo.Proc_MyStoredProc @locCompanyId,@locDateOne,@locDateTwo

set @locCompanyId = '9872231'

insert into #tempCoAttendanceRpt20100211
EXEC DATABASE.dbo.Proc_MyStoredProc @locCompanyId,@locDateOne,@locDateTwo

select * from #tempCoAttendanceRpt20100211
drop table #tempCoAttendanceRpt20100211

Thanks for the information which was provided originally... Yes, finally I do not have to create all these bogus (strict) table defintions when using data from another stored procedure or database, and yes you can use parameters too.

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Update: this will not work with temporary tables so I had to resort to manually creating the temporary table.

Bummer notice: this will not work with temporary tables, http://www.sommarskog.se/share_data.html#OPENQUERY

Reference: The next thing is to define LOCALSERVER. It may look like a keyword in the example, but it is in fact only a name. This is how you do it:

sp_addlinkedserver @server = 'LOCALSERVER',  @srvproduct = '',
                   @provider = 'SQLOLEDB', @datasrc = @@servername

To create a linked server, you must have the permission ALTER ANY SERVER, or be a member of any of the fixed server roles sysadmin or setupadmin.

OPENQUERY opens a new connection to SQL Server. This has some implications:

The procedure that you call with OPENQUERY cannot refer temporary tables created in the current connection.

The new connection has its own default database (defined with sp_addlinkedserver, default is master), so all object specification must include a database name.

If you have an open transaction and are holding locks when you call OPENQUERY, the called procedure can not access what you lock. That is, if you are not careful you will block yourself.

Connecting is not for free, so there is a performance penalty.

This is an answer to a slightly modified version of your question. If you can abandon the use of a stored procedure for a user-defined function, you can use an inline table-valued user-defined function. This is essentially a stored procedure (will take parameters) that returns a table as a result set; and therefore will place nicely with an INTO statement.

Here's a good quick article on it and other user-defined functions. If you still have a driving need for a stored procedure, you can wrap the inline table-valued user-defined function with a stored procedure. The stored procedure just passes parameters when it calls select * from the inline table-valued user-defined function.

So for instance, you'd have an inline table-valued user-defined function to get a list of customers for a particular region:

CREATE FUNCTION CustomersByRegion 
    @RegionID int  
  FROM customers
  WHERE RegionID = @RegionID

You can then call this function to get what your results a such:

SELECT * FROM CustomersbyRegion(1)

Or to do a SELECT INTO:

SELECT * INTO CustList FROM CustomersbyRegion(1)

If you still need a stored procedure, then wrap the function as such:

CREATE PROCEDURE uspCustomersByRegion 
    @regionID int  
     SELECT * FROM CustomersbyRegion(@regionID);

I think this is the most 'hack-less' method to obtain the desired results. It uses the existing features as they were intended to be used without additional complications. By nesting the inline table-valued user-defined function in the stored procedure, you have access to the functionality in two ways. Plus! You have only one point of maintenance for the actual SQL code.

The use of OPENROWSET has been suggested, but this is not what the OPENROWSET function was intended to be used for (From Books Online):

Includes all connection information that is required to access remote data from an OLE DB data source. This method is an alternative to accessing tables in a linked server and is a one-time, ad hoc method of connecting and accessing remote data by using OLE DB. For more frequent references to OLE DB data sources, use linked servers instead.

Using OPENROWSET will get the job done, but it will incur some additional overhead for opening up local connections and marshalling data. It also may not be an option in all cases since it requires an ad hoc query permission which poses a security risk and therefore may not be desired. Also, the OPENROWSET approach will preclude the use of stored procedures returning more than one result set. Wrapping multiple inline table-value user-defined functions in a single stored procedure can achieve this.

This stored proc does the job:

CREATE PROCEDURE [dbo].[ExecIntoTable]
    @tableName          NVARCHAR(256),
    @storedProcWithParameters   NVARCHAR(MAX)
    DECLARE @driver         VARCHAR(10)
    DECLARE @connectionString   NVARCHAR(600)
    DECLARE @sql            NVARCHAR(MAX)
    DECLARE @rowsetSql      NVARCHAR(MAX)

    SET @driver = '''SQLNCLI'''

    SET @connectionString = 
        '''server=' + 
            CAST(SERVERPROPERTY('ServerName') AS NVARCHAR(256)) + 
            COALESCE('\' + CAST(SERVERPROPERTY('InstanceName') AS NVARCHAR(256)), '') + 

    SET @rowsetSql = '''EXEC ' + REPLACE(@storedProcWithParameters, '''', '''''') + ''''

    SET @sql = '
    ' + @tableName + ' 
    OPENROWSET(' + @driver + ',' + @connectionString + ',' + @rowsetSql + ')'

    EXEC (@sql)

It's a slight rework of this: Insert stored procedure results into table so that it actually works.

If you want it to work with a temporary table then you will need to use a ##GLOBAL table and drop it afterwards.

When the stored procedure returns a lot of columns and you do not want to manually "create" a temporary table to hold the result, I've found the easiest way is to go into the stored procedure and add an "into" clause on the last select statement and add 1=0 to the where clause.

Run the stored procedure once and go back and remove the SQL code you just added. Now, you'll have an empty table matching the stored procedure's result. You could either "script table as create" for a temporary table or simply insert directly into that table.

You can use OPENROWSET for this. Have a look. I've also included the sp_configure code to enable Ad Hoc Distributed Queries, in case it isn't already enabled.

CREATE PROC getBusinessLineHistory
    SELECT * FROM sys.databases

sp_configure 'Show Advanced Options', 1
sp_configure 'Ad Hoc Distributed Queries', 1

SELECT * INTO #MyTempTable FROM OPENROWSET('SQLNCLI', 'Server=(local)\SQL2008;Trusted_Connection=yes;',
     'EXEC getBusinessLineHistory')

SELECT * FROM #MyTempTable

declare @temp table
    name varchar(255),
    field varchar(255),
    filename varchar(255),
    filegroup varchar(255),
    size varchar(255),
    maxsize varchar(255),
    growth varchar(255),
    usage varchar(255)
INSERT @temp  Exec sp_helpfile;
select * from @temp;