SqlBulkCopy cannot access table

c# database sqlbulkcopy sql-server


After reading in an excel-sheet (to transferTable), I want to add that data to a new table (destinationTable) using SqlBulkCopy, but I'm getting the error:

Cannot access destination table 'test'

I've tried using the default tablename and using square brackets, but that didn't work.

Any suggestions?

private void writeToDBButton_Click(object sender, EventArgs e) {
    destinationTable.TableName = "test";

    // Connects to the sql-server using Connection.cs
    SqlConnection connection = Connection.GetConnection();

    using (connection) {

        // Uses SqlBulkCopy to copy the data from our transferTable to the destinationTable
        using (SqlBulkCopy bulkCopy = new SqlBulkCopy(connection)) {
            bulkCopy.DestinationTableName = destinationTable.TableName;

            try {
                // Write from the source to the destination.
                this.dataGridView2.DataSource = destinationTable;
            catch (Exception ex) {


private void saveDBButton_Click(object sender, EventArgs e) {

private void MakeTable() {
    for (int counter = 0; counter < columns; counter++) {
        DataColumn dummy = new DataColumn();
        dummy.DataType = System.Type.GetType("System.Double");

Accepted Answer

Check that user that connects to db has

GRANT ALTER ON [dbo].[TABLE_XXX] TO [appuser] 

as suggested in answer by Jhilden on MSDN forum.

Popular Answer

My issue was a bit different, turns out my table name was a reserved keyword in SQL so I had to do the following:

bulkCopy.DestinationTableName = $"{schema}.[{tableName}]";

Where schema is the target schema and tableName the target table name

From the documentation

DestinationTableName is a three-part name [database].[owningschema].[name]. You can qualify the table name with its database and owning schema if you choose. However, if the table name uses an underscore ("_") or any other special characters, you must escape the name using surrounding brackets as in ([database].[owningschema].[name_01])

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