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One of INSERT INTO script is written as following.

INSERT INTO tableName (Column1, Column2,....) VALUES (value1, Value2,...), (value1, Value2,...),....

Following is the error we are facing on parsing above insert statement

Msg 10738, Level 15, State 1, Line 1007 The number of row value expressions in the INSERT statement exceeds the maximum allowed number of 1000 row values.

My simple question is that, Can we change 1000 values limit ?

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No. This hard-coded restriction exists for good reasons related to possible excessive query plan compilation time. You can workaround it by listing the VALUES clauses in a CTE, then INSERTing from the CTE, but I do not recommend it.

Break the INSERT statement up into VALUES clauses of <= 1,000 lines each as a workaround, or use an alternative data loading method such as bcp or BULK INSERT. The fundamental issue may be addressed in a future version of SQL Server. See also Martin Smith's great answer on Stack Overflow.

Not-recommended workaround:

DECLARE @T AS table (c1 int);

-- Error 10738    
INSERT @T (c1)
VALUES
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CTE workaround (no error, not recommended!):

DECLARE @T AS table (c1 int);

WITH CTE (c1) AS
(
    SELECT V.v 
    FROM 
    (
        VALUES
        (1),
        (2),
        (3),
        (4),
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INSERT @T (c1)
SELECT c1 
FROM CTE;
  • "for good reasons" - possibly to enhance Oracle compatibility ;) I didn't know that SQL Server had exactly the same restriction. – a_horse_with_no_name Nov 18 '14 at 12:45
10

You can use the following syntax:

insert into tableName (column1)
select '1' union all
select '2' union all
...

and so on. There's no restriction on the number of inserted rows.

  • Please note that for the last instance, you should not have union all. – thecoolmacdude Jan 12 '18 at 14:03
  • @thecoolmacdude usually correct, however in this instance we don't know whether or not his table has duplicate rows that the OP may not want eliminated. UNION ALL here would be preferable as it wouldn't affect the data in any way from its original form. Even if duplicate rows should eventually be removed, OP seems to just be looking for a SELECT statement. – Brumder Sep 17 '18 at 15:42

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