I am running SQL Server 2012.

The SQL Server Management Studio has the option to right click on a database then select Tasks and Generate Scripts.

Is there a way to automate that via command line somehow?

I want to create a script that includes the schema and data of the entire data base.

Tools like ScriptDB and sqlpubwiz.exe all seem to target SQL Server 2005. What about SQL Server 2012?

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Best is to use Powershell - if you are going to use it frequently. You can refer to Automated Script-generation with Powershell and SMO.

Also, SQL Server PowerShell Extensions (SQLPSX) are of great value when working with Powershell. All the modules are having help files e.g. Get-SqlScripter.

Get-SqlDatabase -dbname database1 -sqlserver server | Get-SqlTable | Get-SqlScripter | Set-Content -Path D:\scripts\script.sql
Get-SqlDatabase -dbname database1 -sqlserver server | Get-SqlStoredProcedure | Get-SqlScripter
Get-SqlDatabase -dbname database1 -sqlserver server | Get-SqlView | Get-SqlScripter

For third party tools, highly recommend to check out (there are many third party tools out there, but below ones I have used and they are great):

I wrote an open source command line utility named SchemaZen that does this. It's much faster than scripting from management studio and it's output is more version control friendly. It supports scripting both schema and data.

To generate scripts run:

schemazen.exe script --server localhost --database db --scriptDir c:\somedir

Then to recreate the database from scripts run:

schemazen.exe create --server localhost --database db --scriptDir c:\somedir

Tara Raj from Microsoft recently announced that the Microsoft SQL team has released a set of command line tools to generate T-SQL scripts that appear to do exactly what you've asked:


Mssql-scripter is the multiplatform command line equivalent of the widely used Generate Scripts Wizard experience in SSMS.

You can use mssql-scripter on Linux, macOS, and Windows to generate data definition language (DDL) and data manipulation language (DML) T-SQL scripts for database objects in SQL Server running anywhere, Azure SQL Database, and Azure SQL Data Warehouse. You can save the generated T-SQL script to a .sql file or pipe it to standard *nix utilities (for example, sed, awk, grep) for further transformations. You can edit the generated script or check it into source control and subsequently execute the script in your existing SQL database deployment processes and DevOps pipelines with standard multiplatform SQL command line tools such as sqlcmd.

Mssql-scripter is built using Python and incorporates the usability principles of the new Azure CLI 2.0 tools. The source code can be found on Github at https://github.com/Microsoft/sql-xplat-cli, and we welcome your contributions and pull requests!

Some examples of use:

Generate DDL scripts for all database objects (default) in the Adventureworks database and output to stdout

$ mssql-scripter -S localhost -d AdventureWorks -U sa

Generate DDL scripts for all database objects and DML scripts (INSERT statements) for all tables in the Adventureworks database and save the script to a file

$ mssql-scripter -S localhost -d AdventureWorks -U sa –schema-and-data  > ./output.sql

You can use the command line versions of xSQL Schema Compare and xSQL Data Compare. With the command line versions you can schedule periodic data and schema comparisons against an empty database and this always have the scripts to build an exact replica of the latest version of your database from scratch.

Disclosure: I'm affiliated to xSQL.

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