How to insert value into IDENTITY column?


If you will try to insert the value into Identity column you will get the one of the below error.

Error 1:
Msg 544, Level 16, State 1, Line 1
Cannot insert explicit value for identity column in table ‘Employee’ when IDENTITY_INSERT is set to OFF.

Error 2:
Error 8101 An explicit value for the identity column in table can only be specified when a column list is used and IDENTITY_INSERT is ON

Solution:
Write SET IDENTITY_INSERT table name ON before the insert script and SET IDENTITY_INSERT table name Off after insert script.

Example,

use db1

create table Employee
(
	myID int identity(100,1),
	name varchar(20)
)

insert into Employee(name) values('Jugal')

--if i will try to insert the value into Identity column it will fail
insert into Employee(myID,name) values (101,'DJ')

--you can add the data into identiy column by turning on the IDENTITY_INSERT ON

SET IDENTITY_INSERT Employee ON
	insert into Employee(myID,name) values (101,'DJ')
SET IDENTITY_INSERT Employee OFF

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3 thoughts on “How to insert value into IDENTITY column?

  1. Anacleto

    Thank you for this excellent article.

    unfortunately I create my tables in the graphic mode and created procedor

    how do I fix this situation ??

    Reply

Thanks for the comment, will get back to you soon... Jugal Shah

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