Sql Server: Select or Read XML Column Data from table

Introduction:  In this article I am going to share how to parse and read data from XML data type column of sql server table.

Select or Read XML Column Data from table in sql server

Implementation: Let’s create an employee table using table variable for demonstration purpose and insert some dummy data along with xml data in xml type column of table.

DECLARE @Employee TABLE(EmployeeId INT, Age INT, empXML XML)

INSERT INTO @Employee(EmployeeId, Age, empXML) VALUES(101,22,'<ROOT><Employee Country="India" State="Haryana" City="Hissar" /></ROOT>')
INSERT INTO @Employee(EmployeeId, Age, empXML) VALUES(102,25,'<ROOT><Employee Country="India" State="Punjab" City="Patiala" /></ROOT>')
INSERT INTO @Employee(EmployeeId, Age, empXML) VALUES(103,32,'<ROOT><Employee Country="India" State="Maharashtra" City="Mumbai" /></ROOT>')
INSERT INTO @Employee(EmployeeId, Age, empXML) VALUES(104,21,'<ROOT><Employee Country="India" State="Himachal" City="Shimla" /></ROOT>')

Check table data
SELECT * FROM @Employee

Now the query to read data from XML column and select as table will be as:

SELECT EmployeeId, Age,
col.value('@Country','VARCHAR(100)') AS Country,
col.value('@State','VARCHAR(100)') AS State,
col.value('@City','VARCHAR(100)') AS City
FROM @Employee
CROSS APPLY empXML.nodes('ROOT/Employee') tab(col);

Check updated table data now
SELECT * FROM @Employee

Result will be as shown in image above.

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