SQL Server Native Client

Applies to: yesSQL Server (all supported versions) YesAzure SQL Database YesAzure SQL Managed Instance yesAzure Synapse Analytics yesAnalytics Platform System (PDW)

SQL Server Native Client, also known as SNAC or SQLNCLI, is used to refer to the ODBC and OLE DB drivers for SQL Server.


The SQL Server Native Client (SQLNCLI) remains deprecated and it is not recommended to be used for new development work. Instead, use the new Microsoft OLE DB Driver for SQL Server (MSOLEDBSQL) which is updated and maintained. For SQLNCLI that ships as a component of SQL Server Database engine, see this Support Lifecycle exception


For more information and to download the SNAC or ODBC Drivers, see the SNAC lifecycle explained blog post. For more information on ODBC Driver for SQL Server, see Microsoft ODBC Driver for SQL Server.

Information on the SQL Server Native Client features released with SQL Server 2012 (11.x), the last available version of SQL Server native Client:

ODBC in SQL Server Native Client supports three features that were added to standard ODBC in the Windows 7 SDK:

The following topics describe SQL Server Native Client behavior changes in SQL Server 2012 (11.x).

See also

Install SQL Server Native Client
SQL Server Native Client Features