Open Source SQL Server Management Studio Alternatives

    The best open source 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 eight 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 (Free, Open Source), HeidiSQL (Free, Open Source), SQuirreL SQL (Free, Open Source) and mssql for Visual Studio Code (Free, Open Source).

    This page was last updated Oct 21, 2020

    1. DBeaver - Universal Database Manager and SQL Client. DBeaver is free and open source (GPL) universal database tool for developers and database administrators. Usability is the main goal of this project, program UI is carefully designed and implemented.
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      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
      Positive comment over 3 years ago

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

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      Connected without much effort. Always a must in IT for FAST solutions.
      Positive comment almost 3 years ago

      0
    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.
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      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  over 3 years ago

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

      1
      Don't allow schema diagrams
      Top negative comment  almost 2 years ago

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      It runs on the Mac. I have not tested the other ones.
      Positive comment almost 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 over 2 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 about 3 years ago

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      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 over 3 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.
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      Most users think HeidiSQL is a great alternative to SQL Server Management Studio.
      gabrielepetteno Easy light and simple to use!
      Positive comment over 1 year ago

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

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

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    4. 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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      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 over 3 years ago

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    5. 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: - Connect to Microsoft SQL Server, Azure SQL Database and SQL Data Warehouses.
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      Most users think mssql for Visual Studio Code is a great alternative to SQL Server Management Studio.


      • FreeOpen Source
      • Mac
      • Windows
      • Linux
      • MySQL Community Edition
      • MariaDB
      • Microsoft SQL Server
      • CockroachDB
      • Amazon Redshift
      • PostgreSQL
      Free & Open Source SQL editor and database manager. Works with MySQL, Postgres, SQLite, SQL Server, Maria DB, CockroachDB, RedShift and more. Available for Windows, Mac, and Linux. Great features: - Clean, tabbed interface for SQL editing.
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    6. 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](https://www.sqlite.org/fileformat.html) from Sqlite website.
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      • FreeOpen Source
      • Mac
      • Windows
      • Linux
      • Self-Hosted
      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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