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Microsoft SQL Server Alternatives

Microsoft SQL Server is described as 'SQL Server delivers on Microsoft’s Data Platform vision by helping your organization manage your data by enabling you to store data from structured, semi-structured, and unstructured documents within the database' and is a popular relational database in the development category. There are more than 50 alternatives to Microsoft SQL Server for a variety of platforms, including Linux, Windows, Mac, BSD and Online / Web-based. The best alternative is DBeaver, which is both free and Open Source. Other great apps like Microsoft SQL Server are PostgreSQL, SQLite, MongoDB and MySQL Community Edition.

Microsoft SQL Server alternatives are mainly Relational Databases but may also be Database Managers. Filter by these if you want a narrower list of alternatives or looking for a specific functionality of Microsoft SQL Server.
This page was last updated May 29, 2022
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  • Windows
  • Linux

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  1. DBeaver - Universal Database Manager and SQL Client. DBeaver is free and open source (GPL) universal database tool for developers and database administrators.

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    This is a management console, not a database server

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    This is an administration console, Not a database server

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  2. PostgreSQL

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • BSD

    PostgreSQL is a powerful, open source object-relational database system. It has more than 15 years of active development and a proven architecture that has earned it a strong reputation for reliability, data integrity, and correctness.

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    Almost everyone thinks PostgreSQL is a great alternative to Microsoft SQL Server.

    I'm a begginer but I think is because of features and small disc space usage!

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    Its free with same power of MS SQL

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    similar syntax, familiar environnment

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  3. SQLite

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • Android
    • iPhone
    • Self-Hosted

    SQLite is a software library that implements a self-contained, serverless, zero-configuration, transactional SQL database engine. SQLite is the most widely deployed SQL database engine in the world. The source code for SQLite is in the public domain.

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    Most users think SQLite is a great alternative to Microsoft SQL Server.
  4. MongoDB

    • FreemiumProprietary
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • Online
    • BSD

    MongoDB is a document database with the scalability and flexibility that you want with the querying and indexing that you need

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  5. MySQL Community Edition

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • BSD

    MySQL Community Edition is a freely downloadable version of the world's most popular open source database that is supported by an active community of open source developers and enthusiasts.



  6. MariaDB

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • BSD

    MariaDB is a backward compatible, drop-in replacement of the MySQL® Database Server. It includes all major open source storage engines.

  7. CouchDB

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • Android
    • BSD

    Apache CouchDB is a distributed, fault-tolerant and schema-free document-oriented database accessible via a RESTful HTTP / JSON API. It includes incremental map / reduce mechanics for queries and keeps data safe with an append-only datastore.

  8. Apache Cassandra

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • BSD
    • Amazon Web Services
    • Google Cloud Platform
    • Microsoft Azure

    Apache Cassandra has become the leading NoSQL platform driving many of today's modern business applications by offering continuous availability, high scalability and performance, strong security, and operational simplicity while lowering the overall cost of ownership.

  9. RethinkDB

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • BSD

    The open-source database for the realtime web.

  10. Firebird

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux

    Firebird is a relational database offering many ANSI SQL-92 features that runs on Linux, Windows, and a variety of Unix platforms. Firebird offers excellent concurrency, high performance, and powerful language support for stored procedures and triggers.

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