Quickstart: Import a BACPAC file to a new Azure SQL Database

You can migrate a SQL Server database to an Azure SQL database using a BACPAC file (a zip file with a .bacpac extension containing a database's metadata and data). You can import a BACPAC file from Azure blob storage (standard storage only) or from local storage in an on-premises location. To maximize the import speed, we recommend that you specify a higher service tier and compute size (such as P6) and then scale down after the import is successful. The imported database's compatibility level is based on the source database's compatibility level.


After importing your database, you can choose to operate the database at its current compatibility level (level 100 for the AdventureWorks2008R2 database) or at a higher level. For more information on the implications and options for operating a database at a specific compatibility level, see ALTER DATABASE Compatibility Level. See also ALTER DATABASE SCOPED CONFIGURATION for information about additional database-level settings related to compatibility levels.

Import from a BACPAC file in the Azure portal

This section shows how, in the Azure portal, to create an Azure SQL database from a BACPAC file stored in Azure blob storage. The portal only supports importing a BACPAC file from Azure blob storage.


Azure SQL Database Managed Instance supports importing from a BACPAC file using the other methods in this article but does not currently support migrating in the Azure portal.

To import a database in the Azure portal, open the page for the logical server that will host the import and, on the toolbar, select Import database.

Database import

Select the storage account, container, and BACPAC file you want to import. Specify the new database size (usually the same as origin) and provide the destination SQL Server credentials.

Monitor import's progress

To monitor an import's progress, open the imported database's logical server page, scroll down to Settings and select Import/Export history. When successful, the import has a Completed status.

To verify the database is live on the server, select SQL databases and verify the new database is Online.

Import from a BACPAC file using SqlPackage

To import a SQL database using the SqlPackage command-line utility, see Import parameters and properties. SqlPackage ships with the latest versions of SQL Server Management Studio and SQL Server Data Tools for Visual Studio. You can also download the latest SqlPackage from the Microsoft download center.

For scale and performance, we recommend using SqlPackage in most production environments. For a SQL Server Customer Advisory Team blog about migrating using BACPAC files, see Migrating from SQL Server to Azure SQL Database using BACPAC Files.

The following SqlPackage command imports the AdventureWorks2008R2 database from local storage to an Azure SQL Database logical server called mynewserver20170403. It creates a new database called myMigratedDatabase with a Premium service tier and a P6 Service Objective. Change these values as appropriate for your environment.

SqlPackage.exe /a:import /tcs:"Data Source=mynewserver20170403.database.windows.net;Initial Catalog=myMigratedDatabase;User Id=<your_server_admin_account_user_id>;Password=<your_server_admin_account_password>" /sf:AdventureWorks2008R2.bacpac /p:DatabaseEdition=Premium /p:DatabaseServiceObjective=P6


An Azure SQL Database logical server listens on port 1433. To connect to a logical server from behind a corporate firewall, the firewall must have this port open.

This example shows how to import a database using SqlPackage with Active Directory Universal Authentication.

SqlPackage.exe /a:Import /sf:testExport.bacpac /tdn:NewDacFX /tsn:apptestserver.database.windows.net /ua:True /tid:"apptest.onmicrosoft.com"

Import from a BACPAC file using PowerShell

Use the New-AzureRmSqlDatabaseImport cmdlet to submit an import database request to the Azure SQL Database service. Depending on database size, the import may take some time to complete.

$importRequest = New-AzureRmSqlDatabaseImport 
   -ResourceGroupName "myResourceGroup" `
   -ServerName "myLogicalServer" `
   -DatabaseName "MyImportSample" `
   -DatabaseMaxSizeBytes "262144000" `
   -StorageKeyType "StorageAccessKey" `
   -StorageKey $(Get-AzureRmStorageAccountKey -ResourceGroupName "myResourceGroup" -StorageAccountName "myStorageAccount").Value[0] `
   -StorageUri "https://myStorageAccount.blob.core.windows.net/importsample/sample.bacpac" `
   -Edition "Standard" `
   -ServiceObjectiveName "P6" `
   -AdministratorLogin "<your_server_admin_account_user_id>" `
   -AdministratorLoginPassword $(ConvertTo-SecureString -String "<your_server_admin_account_password>" -AsPlainText -Force)

You can use the Get-AzureRmSqlDatabaseImportExportStatus cmdlet to check the import's progress. Running the cmdlet immediately after the request usually returns Status: InProgress. The import is complete when you see Status: Succeeded.

$importStatus = Get-AzureRmSqlDatabaseImportExportStatus -OperationStatusLink $importRequest.OperationStatusLink
while ($importStatus.Status -eq "InProgress")
    $importStatus = Get-AzureRmSqlDatabaseImportExportStatus -OperationStatusLink $importRequest.OperationStatusLink
    Start-Sleep -s 10


For another script example, see Import a database from a BACPAC file.


Importing to a database in elastic pool isn't supported. You can import data into a single database and then move the database to a pool.

Import using wizards

You can also use these wizards.

Next steps