On a machine with SQL Server LocalDB 2014 installed I am looking for SQLCMD.EXE file but cannot find it anywhere. Is there a way how to install it separately?

Unfortunately I am not local admin of the machine, so I prefer no MSI...

Found this link https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/confirmation.aspx?id=36433, but cannot use MSI... Perhaps copying executable files and dlls can do the trick.

After copying files SQLCMD.EXE, BATCHPARSER.DLL and SQLCMD.RLL from C:\Program Files\Microsoft SQL Server\110\Tools\Binn from another computer with SSMS installed I still get the error:

Microsoft SQL Server Native Client 11.0 : Data source name not found and no default driver specified.

running sqlcmd -S np:\\.\pipe\LOCALDB#F8040C8F\tsql\query.


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I have figured out that during SQL Server LocalDB MSI installation the ODBC driver is not installed

So to use SQLCMD it is necessary to install Microsoft® ODBC Driver 11 for SQL Server® - it is a part of ODBC driver as per here.

When I tried to install Microsoft® Command Line Utilities 11 for SQL Server® it prompted me to install the ODBC Driver first.

Then it is possible either to copy the files SQLCMD.EXE, BATCHPARSER.DLL and SQLCMD.RLL or to install Microsoft® Command Line Utilities 11 for SQL Server®.


Are you installing SQL Server 2014 on a Windows installation with no previous version of SQL Server in?

Have a look at C:\Program Files\Microsoft SQL Server\Client SDK\ODBC\110\Tools\Binn

  • Does this suggestion apply to a LocalDB installation as well?
    – Andriy M
    May 25, 2016 at 5:39
  • @AndriyM I do not find this answer useful because the problem is not locating SQLCMD.EXE file but installing ODBC driver which requires local admin rights. May 25, 2016 at 6:11

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