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Open Source SQL Server Management Studio Alternatives

The best open source alternative to SQL Server Management Studio is DBeaver. If that doesn't suit you, our users have ranked more than 25 alternatives to SQL Server Management Studio and ten of them is open source so hopefully you can find a suitable replacement. Other interesting open source alternatives to SQL Server Management Studio are Azure Data Studio, HeidiSQL, Beekeeper studio and SQuirreL SQL.

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.
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  1. DBeaver icon

    DBeaver

    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • Eclipse
    • Java
    146 alternatives to DBeaver 

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

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    1.  AutocompletionDBeaver can predict and complete the rest of a word or phrase you're typing.
    2.  Dark ModeDBeaver supports dark mode for comfortable usage in low light conditions.
    3.  Built-in viewerDBeaver shows you a quick preview of an image, page or file in supported formats.
    4.  PortableDBeaver can be used from a USB stick or similar with no prior installation.
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    Guest

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

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    Guest

    Installs SQL Server plugin automatically and works fine.

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    Guest

    Connected without much effort. Always a must in IT for FAST solutions.

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    Azure Data Studio

    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    29 alternatives to Azure Data Studio 

    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.

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    1.  LightweightAzure Data Studio consumes less device resources compared to similar apps.
    2.  AutocompletionAzure Data Studio can predict and complete the rest of a word or phrase you're typing.
    The dashboard
    Querying data
    Explaining sql statement
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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.

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    Guest

    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.

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    Guest

    Don't allow schema diagrams

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    Guest

    It runs on the Mac. I have not tested the other ones.

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    Guest

    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.

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    Guest

    There are a number of extensions available for AzureOperationsstudio that help with managing the SQL server.

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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.

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    HeidiSQL

    95 alternatives to HeidiSQL 

    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.

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    1.  LightweightHeidiSQL consumes less device resources compared to similar apps.
    2.  PortableHeidiSQL can be used from a USB stick or similar with no prior installation.
    3.  Dark ModeHeidiSQL supports dark mode for comfortable usage in low light conditions.
    Table Editor
    Connection
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    Guest

    is resolved my problem with SSMS

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    Guest

    Can generate DB creation scripts with data and schema

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    gabrielepetteno

    Easy light and simple to use!

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    Beekeeper studio

    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • MySQL Community Edition
    • MariaDB
    • Microsoft SQL Server
    • CockroachDB
    • Amazon Redshift
    • PostgreSQL
    73 alternatives to Beekeeper studio 

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

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    1.  AutocompletionBeekeeper studio can predict and complete the rest of a word or phrase you're typing.
    2.  LightweightBeekeeper studio consumes less device resources compared to similar apps.
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  5. SQuirreL SQL icon

    SQuirreL SQL

    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    72 alternatives to SQuirreL SQL 

    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.

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    Object Tree of Session window
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    Guest

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

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    DbGate

    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • Online
    142 alternatives to DbGate 

    DbGate is cross-platform database manager. Simple and effective, allowing to work with many various databases simultaneously - SQL and NoSQL.

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    1.  AutocompletionDbGate can predict and complete the rest of a word or phrase you're typing.
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  7. mssql for Visual Studio Code icon

    mssql for Visual Studio Code

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    24 alternatives to mssql for Visual Studio Code 

    A Visual Studio Code extension for developing Microsoft SQL Server, Azure SQL Database and SQL Data Warehouse everywhere with a rich set of functionalities, including:

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  8. Termdbms

    • Linux
    • SQLite
    • PostgreSQL
    52 alternatives to Termdbms 

    A TUI for viewing and editing database files.

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    1.  LightweightTermdbms consumes less device resources compared to similar apps.
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  9. Sqlite Page Explorer icon

    Sqlite Page Explorer

    • Mac
    • iPhone
    • iPad
    117 alternatives to Sqlite Page Explorer 

    Open Sqlite databases and explore the internal organisation of various objects such as schema, tables and indices. To understand how Sqlite3 data is organised, please see Database file format from Sqlite website.

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    SQL Schema Explorer

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • Self-Hosted
    3 alternatives to SQL Schema Explorer 

    Downloadable with free trial, runs locally, connects to database, runs webserver, allows you to look around a database in your browser. Can be shared on your network or the internet.

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