Free SQL Server Management Studio Alternatives

    The best free alternative to SQL Server Management Studio is DBeaver, which is both free and Open Source. If that doesn't suit you, our users have ranked more than 25 alternatives to SQL Server Management Studio and many of them is free so hopefully you can find a suitable replacement. Other interesting free alternatives to SQL Server Management Studio are Azure Data Studio (Free, Open Source), HeidiSQL (Free, Open Source), SQuirreL SQL (Free, Open Source) and Valentina Studio (Freemium).

    The list of alternatives was last updated Oct 21, 2020

    Platforms

    • Windows
    • Mac
    • Linux
    • iPhone
    • iPad
    • MySQL Community Edition
    • Self-Hosted
    • MariaDB
    • PortableApps.com
    • Microsoft SQL Server
    • Wine
    • Eclipse
    • CockroachDB
    • Java
    • Amazon Redshift
    • PostgreSQL
    • Blackberry
    • Android Tablet
    • Android

    Features

    • Database Management
    • SQLite
    • Autocompletion
    • Portable
    • PostgreSQL support
    • Support for MariaDB
    • Multiple DataBase
    • Night mode/Dark Theme
    • Ssh tunnel
    • Visual Query Builder
    • Data export/import
    • ER Diagrams
    • Export to CSV
    • Import CSV data
    • Lightweight
    • GUI Designer
    • Tabbed interface
    • MongoDB
    • Multi databases

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    • Open Source
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    • DBeaver - Universal Database Manager and SQL Client. DBeaver is free and open source (GPL) universal database tool for developers and database administrators. View 110 alternatives to DBeaver
      Most users think DBeaver is a great alternative to SQL Server Management Studio.
      • FreemiumOpen Source
      • Mac
      • Windows
      • Linux
      • Eclipse
      • Java
      DBeaver vs SQL Server Management Studio
      pros, cons and recent comments
      Connect to "MS SQL 2017 for Linux" - Out of the box (server and DBeaver - linux- Archlinux), clean look, nice, cool
      Positive comment over 3 years ago

      5
      Installs SQL Server plugin automatically and works fine.
      Positive comment almost 4 years ago

      0
      Connected without much effort. Always a must in IT for FAST solutions.
      Positive comment over 2 years ago

      0
    • A new database management tool from Microsoft, a lightweight version of Management Studio. View 28 alternatives to Azure Data Studio
      Most users think Azure Data Studio is a great alternative to SQL Server Management Studio.
      • FreeOpen Source
      • Mac
      • Windows
      • Linux
      Azure Data Studio vs SQL Server Management Studio
      pros, cons and recent comments
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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 3 years ago

      2
      There are a number of extensions available for AzureOperationsstudio that help with managing the SQL server.
      Top positive comment  about 2 years ago

      1
      Don't allow schema diagrams
      Top negative comment  over 1 year ago

      0
      It runs on the Mac. I have not tested the other ones.
      Positive comment over 1 year ago

      0
      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 2 years ago

      1
      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 3 years ago

      0
      Microsoft SQL Operations Studio is a data management tool that enables you to work with SQL Server, Azure SQL DB and SQL DW from Windows, macOS and Linux. Source: https://github.com/Microsoft/sqlopsstudio
      Positive comment about 3 years ago

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    • Lets you view and edit data from MariaDB, MySQL, Microsoft SQL, or PostgreSQL databases. View 89 alternatives to HeidiSQL
      Most users think HeidiSQL is a great alternative to SQL Server Management Studio.
      • FreeOpen Source
      • Windows
      HeidiSQL vs SQL Server Management Studio
      pros, cons and recent comments
      gabrielepetteno Easy light and simple to use!
      Positive comment about 1 year ago

      0
      is resolved my problem with SSMS
      Positive comment over 4 years ago

      0
      Can generate DB creation scripts with data and schema
      Positive comment about 4 years ago

      -1
    • 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. View 71 alternatives to SQuirreL SQL
      Most users think SQuirreL SQL is a great alternative to SQL Server Management Studio.
      • FreeOpen Source
      • Mac
      • Windows
      • Linux
      SQuirreL SQL vs SQL Server Management Studio
      pros, cons and recent comments
      It works perfectly on Linux. Nice and comfortable to work with.
      Positive comment about 3 years ago

      1
    • 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. View 73 alternatives to Valentina Studio
      Most users think Valentina Studio is a great alternative to SQL Server Management Studio.
      • FreemiumProprietary
      • Mac
      • Windows
      • Linux
      Valentina Studio vs SQL Server Management Studio
      pros, cons and recent comments
      Graphics query designer. Option to import data to a table directly from *.CSV file.
      Positive comment about 3 years ago

      1
      uniphonic There is one of the few free Mac clients with a nice graphical UI.
      Positive comment over 3 years ago

      0


    • Develop Microsoft SQL Server, Azure SQL Database and SQL Data Warehouse everywhere. View 24 alternatives to mssql for Visual Studio Code
      Most users think mssql for Visual Studio Code is a great alternative to SQL Server Management Studio.
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      • FreeOpen Source
      • Mac
      • Windows
      • Linux
    • Database .NET is an innovative, powerful and intuitive multiple database management tool. View 49 alternatives to Database .NET
      Almost everyone thinks Database .NET is a great alternative to SQL Server Management Studio.
      • Free PersonalProprietary
      • Windows
      Database .NET vs SQL Server Management Studio
      pros, cons and recent comments
      vlaker Has all the features like viewing indexes, copying data from one database to another, similar to SSMS in a free, light package.
      Positive comment over 4 years ago

      1
    • PopSQL is a modern SQL editor for teams that lets you write queries, visualize data, and share your results. View 58 alternatives to PopSQL
    • Open Source SQL Editor and Database Manager for MySQL, SQL Server, Postgres, Redshift, Sqlite and more. View 69 alternatives to Beekeeper studio
      • FreeOpen Source
      • Mac
      • Windows
      • Linux
      • MySQL Community Edition
      • MariaDB
      • Microsoft SQL Server
      • CockroachDB
      • Amazon Redshift
      • PostgreSQL
    • WinSQL is universal database management tool that can be used with any relational database to perform administrative tasks such as importing/exporting data, generating test data... View 32 alternatives to WinSQL
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      • Free PersonalProprietary
      • Windows
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