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SQL Server Management Studio Alternatives

SQL Server Management Studio is described as 'SSMS is a software application that is used for configuring, managing, and administering all components within Microsoft SQL Server. It includes both script editors and graphical tools which work with objects and features of the server' and is a database manager in the development category. There are more than 25 alternatives to SQL Server Management Studio for a variety of platforms, including Windows, Linux, Mac, Online / Web-based and Android. The best alternative is DBeaver, which is both free and Open Source. Other great apps like SQL Server Management Studio are Azure Data Studio, HeidiSQL, dbForge Studio for SQL Server and DataGrip.

SQL Server Management Studio alternatives are mainly Database Managers but may also be Business Intelligence Tools. Filter by these if you want a narrower list of alternatives or looking for a specific functionality of SQL Server Management Studio.
This page was last updated May 29, 2022
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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.

    DBeaver vs SQL Server Management Studio opinions
    Most users think DBeaver is a great alternative to SQL Server Management Studio.

    Connect to "MS SQL 2017 for Linux" - Out of the box (server and DBeaver - linux- Archlinux), clean look, nice, cool

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    Installs SQL Server plugin automatically and works fine.

    Positive comment almost 5 years ago
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    Connected without much effort. Always a must in IT for FAST solutions.

    Positive comment over 3 years ago
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  2. Azure Data Studio (formerly SQL Operations Studio) is a free, light-weight tool, that runs on Windows, macOS, and Linux, for managing SQL Server, Azure SQL Database, and Azure SQL Data Warehouse; wherever they're running.

    Azure Data Studio vs SQL Server Management Studio opinions
    Most users think Azure Data Studio is a great alternative to SQL Server Management Studio.
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    kurotsuki

    It's look promising. It still in in early stage of preview (maybe late alpha or early beta), but it can do basic needs to access sql server. the UI also quite neat. No clutters visible at the moment. Hopefully, it can have more advance features SSMS has in the future. What surprise me is that this app is based on electronjs, a javascript framework for desktop apps which leave small footprint on my system.

    Top positive comment  about 4 years ago
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    This seems a really promising project. Now just a "preview" (alpha i guess? version 0.24). Hopefully this will evolve in a truly great SSMS alternative for Linux.

    Top positive comment  over 4 years ago
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    Don't allow schema diagrams

    Top negative comment  over 2 years ago
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    It runs on the Mac. I have not tested the other ones.

    Positive comment over 2 years ago
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    It's still in its infancy, but it does the basics. I can't picture myself actually developing in ADS, but that could change as time goes on. I already prefer to store my dev databases on Azure so that they are always available.

    Positive comment about 3 years ago
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    There are a number of extensions available for AzureOperationsstudio that help with managing the SQL server.

    Positive comment about 3 years ago
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    dbunch

    Preview for Windows has functionality of SSMS + better look-and-feel. For folks unaccustomed to writing/comprehending VS Code, some configuration tasks like adjusting interface settings may be a challenge.

    Positive comment almost 4 years ago
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  3. HeidiSQL is a useful tool designed for web developers using the popular MySQL server, Microsoft SQL databases and PostgreSQL. It enables you to browse and edit data, create and edit tables, views, procedures, triggers and scheduled events.

    HeidiSQL vs SQL Server Management Studio opinions
    Most users think HeidiSQL is a great alternative to SQL Server Management Studio.

    is resolved my problem with SSMS

    Positive comment over 5 years ago
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    Can generate DB creation scripts with data and schema

    Positive comment about 5 years ago
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    gabrielepetteno

    Easy light and simple to use!

    Positive comment about 2 years ago
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  4. dbForge Studio for SQL Server is an integrated environment for SQL Server development, management, administration, data reporting, analysis, version-control database changes and test data generation.

    dbForge Studio for SQL Server vs SQL Server Management Studio opinions
    Almost everyone thinks dbForge Studio for SQL Server is a great alternative to SQL Server Management Studio.
    scottcate59

    Great MS SQL tools for everyday use

    Top positive comment  9 months ago
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    OVK

    Perfect code completion and source control

    Top positive comment  about 5 years ago
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    Automate frequently-used database tasks via the command-line interface

    Positive comment 9 months ago
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    zomp

    If you are a SQL Server DBA then this is a fantastic tool. It's worth the money.

    Positive comment about 4 years ago
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    adarshmadrecha

    Superb GUI just like SSMS

    Positive comment about 5 years ago
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  5. DataGrip

    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux

    DataGrip is a database IDE from JetBrains that is tailored to suit specific needs of professional SQL developers.

    Almost everyone thinks DataGrip is a great alternative to SQL Server Management Studio.


  6. SQuirreL SQL

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux

    SQuirreL SQL is an open-source Java SQL Client program that will allow you to view the structure of a JDBC compliant database, browse the data in tables, issue SQL commands etc.

    SQuirreL SQL vs SQL Server Management Studio opinions
    Most users think SQuirreL SQL is a great alternative to SQL Server Management Studio.

    It works perfectly on Linux. Nice and comfortable to work with.

    Positive comment about 4 years ago
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  7. FREE native database manager for SQLite, MySQL, PostgreSQL, SQL Server and Valentina DB. PRO Edition adds Report Editor and Form Editor with JavaScripting and dozen features.

    Valentina Studio vs SQL Server Management Studio opinions
    Most users think Valentina Studio is a great alternative to SQL Server Management Studio.

    Graphics query designer. Option to import data to a table directly from *.CSV file.

    Positive comment about 4 years ago
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    uniphonic

    There is one of the few free Mac clients with a nice graphical UI.

    Positive comment over 4 years ago
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  8. Tableplus

    • Mac
    • Windows

    TablePlus is a native app which helps you easily edit database data and structure. TablePlus includes many security features to protect your database, including native libssh and TLS to encrypt your connection.

    Tableplus vs SQL Server Management Studio opinions
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    Too basic, too few admin features

    Negative comment over 2 years ago
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  9. Navicat

    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux

    Navicat is a database administration tool that allows you to simultaneously connect to MySQL, MariaDB, SQL Server, Oracle, PostgreSQL, and SQLite databases from a single application.

  10. Beekeeper studio

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • MySQL Community Edition
    • MariaDB
    • Microsoft SQL Server
    • CockroachDB
    • Amazon Redshift
    • PostgreSQL

    Open Source SQL Editor and Database Manager for MySQL, SQL Server, Postgres, Redshift, Sqlite and more.

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