What is Azure Data Studio?

Azure Data Studio is a cross-platform database tool for data professionals using the Microsoft family of on-premises and cloud data platforms on Windows, MacOS, and Linux.

Azure Data Studio offers a modern editor experience with IntelliSense, code snippets, source control integration, and an integrated terminal. It's engineered with the data platform user in mind, with built-in charting of query result sets and customizable dashboards.

The source code for Azure Data Studio and its data providers is available on GitHub under a source code EULA that provides rights to modify and use the software, but not to redistribute it or host it in a cloud service. For more information, see Azure Data Studio FAQ.

Download and Install Azure Data Studio

SQL code editor with IntelliSense

Azure Data Studio offers a modern, keyboard-focused SQL coding experience that makes your everyday tasks easier with built-in features, such as multiple tab windows, a rich SQL editor, IntelliSense, keyword completion, code snippets, code navigation, and source control integration (Git). Run on-demand SQL queries, view and save results as text, JSON, or Excel. Edit data, organize your favorite database connections, and browse database objects in a familiar object browsing experience. To learn how to use the SQL editor, see Use the SQL editor to create database objects.

Smart SQL code snippets

SQL code snippets generate the proper SQL syntax to create databases, tables, views, stored procedures, users, logins, roles, and to update existing database objects. Use smart snippets to quickly create copies of your database for development or testing purposes, and to generate and execute CREATE and INSERT scripts.

Azure Data Studio also provides functionality to create custom SQL code snippets. To learn more, see Create and use code snippets.

Customizable Server and Database Dashboards

Create rich customizable dashboards to monitor and quickly troubleshoot performance bottlenecks in your databases. To learn about insight widgets, and database (and server) dashboards, see Manage servers and databases with insight widgets.

Connection management (server groups)

Server groups provide a way to organize connection information for the servers and databases you work with. For details, see Server groups.

Integrated Terminal

Use your favorite command-line tools (for example, Bash, PowerShell, sqlcmd, bcp, and ssh) in the Integrated Terminal window right within the Azure Data Studio user interface. To learn about the integrated terminal, see Integrated terminal.

Extensibility and extension authoring

Enhance the Azure Data Studio experience by extending the functionality of the base installation. Azure Data Studio provides extensibility points for data management activities, and support for extension authoring.

To learn about extensibility in Azure Data Studio, see Extensibility. To learn about authoring extensions, see Extension authoring.

Feature comparison with SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)

Use Azure Data Studio if you:

  • Need to run on macOS or Linux
  • Are connecting to a SQL Server 2019 big data cluster
  • Spend most of your time editing or executing queries
  • Need the ability to quickly chart and visualize result sets
  • Can execute most administrative tasks via the integrated terminal using sqlcmd or Powershell
  • Have minimal need for wizard experiences
  • Don't need to do deep administrative configuration

Use SQL Server Management Studio if you:

  • Spend most of your time on database administration tasks
  • Are doing deep administrative configuration
  • Are doing security management, including user management, vulnerability assessment, and configuration of security features
  • Make use of the Reports for SQL Server Query Store
  • Need to make use of performance tuning advisors and dashboards
  • Are doing Import/Export of DACPACs
  • Need access to Registered Servers and want to control SQL Server services on Windows


Feature Azure Data Studio SSMS
Azure Sign-In Yes Yes
Dashboard Yes
Extensions Yes
Integrated Terminal Yes
Object Explorer Yes Yes
Object Scripting Yes Yes
Project System Yes
Select from Table Yes Yes
Source Code Control Yes
Task Pane Yes
Theming Yes
Dark Mode Yes
Azure Resource Explorer Preview
Generate Scripts Wizard Preview
Import/Export DACPAC Yes
Object Properties Preview
Table Designer Yes

Query editor

Feature Azure Data Studio SSMS
Chart Viewer Yes
Export Results to CSV, JSON, XLSX Yes
IntelliSense Yes Yes
Snippets Yes Yes
Show Plan Preview Yes
Client Statistics Yes
Live Query Stats Yes
Query Options Yes
Results to File Yes
Results to Text Yes
Spatial Viewer Yes
Notebooks Yes
Save Query as snippet Yes

Operating system support

Feature Azure Data Studio SSMS
Linux Yes
macOS Yes
Windows Yes Yes

Data engineering

Feature Azure Data Studio SSMS
Create External Table Wizard Yes
HDFS Integration Yes
Notebooks Yes

Database administration

Feature Azure Data Studio SSMS
Backup / Restore Yes Yes
Big Data Cluster Support Yes
Flat File Import Preview Yes
SQL Agent Preview Yes
SQL Profiler Preview Yes
Always On Yes
Always Encrypted Yes
Copy Data Wizard Yes
Database Engine Tuning Advisor Yes
Error Log Viewer Yes
Maintenance Plans Yes
Multi-Server Query Yes
Policy-Based Management Yes
PolyBase Yes
Query Store Yes
Registered Servers Yes
Replication Yes
Security Management Yes
Service Broker Yes
SQL Mail Yes
Template Explorer Yes
Vulnerability Assessment Yes
XEvent Management Yes
SQL Assessment API Integration Yes

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