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SQL Source Control

CLI for scripting SQL objects into a flat file structure for use with source control systems.

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  • 😎 Works with any source control system like Git, SVN, Mercurial, etc.
  • Supports all recent version of Microsoft SQL Server.
  • 🎁 Free and open source!


npm install -g sql-source-control-psl


Commands are directory specific, so run all commands in the directory you want the scripts created in.

ssc --help

Note: Make sure to enable TCP/IP in "SQL Server Network Configuration" settings (instructions). If TCP/IP is not enabled, you may receive a "failed to connect" error on commands.

ssc init

This will ask you a bunch of questions, and then write a config file for you.

If the current directory contains a Web.config file with the connectionStrings property, the first node will be used for default values. Alternatively, a path to a Web.config file can be specified with the --webconfig flag.


Option Alias Type Description Default
--force -f boolean Overwrite an existing config file, if present. n/a
--skip -s boolean Use defaults and not prompt you for any options n/a
--webconfig -w string Relative path to a Web.config file. n/a

ssc start

Start the day by running, this will start the watch over all your source controlled database folders.

ssc start

ssc bash

To increase the version ssc is uploading to, just run the bump command with the new version parameter

ssc bump


Option Alias Type Description Default
--newversion -nv string Specific the new version you wish to set for the connection n/a
--conn -c string The name of the connection you wish to update n/a

ssc list

List all available connections specified in the configuration file.


Option Alias Type Description Default
--config -c string Relative path to config file. ssc.json

ssc pull [conn]

Generate SQL files for all tables, stored procedures, functions, etc. All scripts will be put in the output.root directory and SQL scripts will be organized into subdirectories (based on config file).

Within the output.root directory, cache.json is automatically generated and is intended to be committed into source repositories. This file stores checksums of each file for comparison, to reduce disk I/O.

Data can be included in the via the data option in the configuration file. All tables included in the data option will result in a file that truncates the table and inserts all rows. Because a truncate is issued, it is recommended to only include static data tables, like lookup tables, in the data configuration.


Argument Description Default
conn Optional name of the connection to use. First available connection from config.


Option Alias Type Description Default
--config -c string Relative path to config file. ssc.json

Example output (see here for full example):


ssc push [conn]

Execute all local scripts against the requested database.


Argument Description Default
conn Optional name of the connection to use. First available connection from config.


Option Alias Type Description Default
--config -c string Relative path to config file. ssc.json
--skip -s boolean Skip user warning prompt. false


Configuration options are stored in a ssc.json file. The following properties are supported:

connections (object[], string): Relative path to a Web.config file with connectionStrings, a ssc-connections.json file with an array of connections, or an array of connections with the following properties:

Property Type Description Default
name string Connection name. n/a
server string Server name. n/a
database string Database name. n/a
port number Server port. n/a
user string Login username. n/a
password string Login password. n/a

files (string[]): Optional. Glob of files to include/exclude during the pull command. Default includes all files.

data (string[]): Optional. Glob of table names to include for data scripting during the pull command. Default includes none.

output (object): Optional. Defines paths where files will be scripted during the pull command. The following properties are supported:

Property Type Description Default
root string Directory for scripted files, relative to config file. ./_sql-database
data string Subdirectory for data files. ./data
functions string Subdirectory for function files. ./functions
jobs string Subdirectory for jobs files. ./jobs
procs string Subdirectory for stored procedure files. ./stored-procedures
schemas string Subdirectory for schema files. ./schemas
tables string Subdirectory for table files. ./tables
triggers string Subdirectory for trigger files. ./triggers
types string Subdirectory for table valued parameter files. ./types
views string Subdirectory for view files. ./views

idempotency (object): Optional. Defines what type of idempotency will scripted during the pull command. The following properties are supported.

Property Type Description Default
data string (2) Idempotency for data files. truncate
functions string (1) Idempotency for function files. if-exists-drop
jobs string (1) Idempotency for job files. if-exists-drop
procs string (1) Idempotency for stored procedure files. if-exists-drop
tables string (1) Idempotency for table files. if-not-exists
triggers string (1) Idempotency for trigger files. if-exists-drop
types string (1) Idempotency for user defined table parameter files. if-not-exists
views string (1) Idempotency for view files. if-exists-drop
  1. if-exists-drop, if-not-exists, or false.
  2. delete-and-reseed, delete, truncate, or false.

includeConstraintName (boolean): Optional. Indicates if constraint names should be scripted. Default is false.

eol (string): Optional. Line ending character (auto, crlf, or lf). Default is auto.

Note: See Git documentation for information about how Git handles line endings.



Basic connections.

  "connections": [
      "name": "dev",
      "server": "localhost\\development",
      "database": "awesome-db",
      "port": 1433,
      "user": "example",
      "password": "qwerty"

Connections stored in Web.config file. The Web.config should be an XML .NET config file.

  "connections": "./Web.config"

Connection strings can follow any of the following formats:

  <add name="Example1" connectionString="server=MySqlServer;database=MySqlDb;uid=MyUsername;password=MyPassword;" />
  <add name="Example2" connectionString="server=MySqlServer;database=MySqlDb;uid=MyUsername;pwd=MyPassword;" />
  <add name="Example3" connectionString="server=MySqlServer,1433;database=MySqlDb;uid=MyUsername;pwd=MyPassword;" />

Connections stored in separate JSON file. Storing connections in a separate JSON can be used in conjunction with a .gitignore entry to prevent user connections or sensitive data from being committed.

  "connections": "./ssc-connections.json"


Only include certain files.

  // ...
  "files": ["dbo.*"]

Exclude certain files.

  // ...
  "files": ["*", "!dbo.*"]


Only include certain tables.

  // ...
  "data": ["dbo.*"]

Exclude certain tables.

  // ...
  "data": ["*", "!dbo.*"]


Override default options.

  // ...
  "output": {
    "root": "./my-database",
    "procs": "./my-procs",
    "triggers": false


Override default options.

  // ...
  "idempotency": {
    "triggers": false,
    "views": "if-not-exists"


Default configuration values.

  "connections": [],
  "files": [],
  "data": [],
  "output": {
    "root": "./_sql-database",
    "data": "./data",
    "functions": "./functions",
    "jobs": "./jobs",
    "procs": "./stored-procedures",
    "schemas": "./schemas",
    "tables": "./tables",
    "triggers": "./triggers",
    "types": "./types",
    "views": "./views"
  "idempotency": {
    "data": "truncate",
    "functions": "if-exists-drop",
    "jobs": "if-exists-drop",
    "procs": "if-exists-drop",
    "tables": "if-not-exists",
    "triggers": "if-exists-drop",
    "types": "if-not-exists",
    "views": "if-exists-drop"


Clone the repo and run the following commands in the sql-source-control directory:

npm install
npm link
npm run build

To use local docker container:

npm run docker:up

ssc pull -c ./docker/config.json

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