ODBC Driver 13.1 for Linux Preview 2 Released

Hi all, we are delighted to share the second preview release of the Microsoft ODBC Driver 13.1 for Linux –  (Ubuntu, RedHat and SUSE). The preview release adds support for Ubuntu 16.10, new features, has bug fixes and enables access to SQL Server, Azure SQL Database and Azure SQL Data Warehouse from any C/C++ application on Linux. 

What’s new

  • Added:
    • Ubuntu 16.10 Support 
    • Dependency on the platform unixODBC Driver Manager instead of the custom unixODBC-utf16 Driver Manager
      • This avoids conflicts with applications/software that depends on the platform unixODBC Driver Manager


  • Fixed
    • Driver failure when connecting with more than 1024 handles
      • Switched away from using the libio select function. Driver now supports (theoretical) handle limit of 64k or platform max
    • Intermittent Communication Failure when using Azure DW and Azure SQL DB
      • In some high latency scenarios over an encrypted channel, the driver could fail unexpectedly. This preview release fixes this issue. 

Install the ODBC Driver for Linux on Ubuntu 15.10

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Install the ODBC Driver for Linux on Ubuntu 16.04

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Install the ODBC Driver for Linux on Ubuntu 16.10

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Install the ODBC Driver for Linux on RedHat 6

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Install the ODBC Driver for Linux on RedHat 7

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Install the ODBC Driver for Linux on SUSE 12

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Note: Packages for SQL Server Command Line tools v13.1 will be available soon. The above mentioned packages only install the ODBC Driver for SQL Server that enable connectivity from any C/C++ application. To install and use the SQL Server Command Line tools, check out the instructions here: https://blogs.msdn.microsoft.com/sqlnativeclient/2016/10/20/odbc-driver-13-0-for-linux-released/

Try our Sample

Once you install the driver that runs on a supported Linux distro, you can use this C sample to connect to SQL Server/Azure SQL DB/Azure SQL DW. To download the sample and get started, follow these steps:

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If you installed the driver using the manual instructions found here, you will have to manually uninstall the ODBC Driver and the unixODBC Driver Manager to use the deb/rpm packages. If you have any questions on how to manually uninstall, feel free to leave a comment below. 

Please file bugs/questions/issues on our Issues page. We welcome contributions/questions/issues of any kind. Happy programming!

Survey and Future Plans

Please take this survey to help prioritize features and scenarios for the next release of the ODBC Driver for Linux. Going forward we plan to expand SQL Server 16 Feature Support (example: Always Encrypted), improve test coverage, and fix bugs reported on our Issues page.

Please stay tuned for upcoming releases that will have additional feature support and bug fixes. This applies to our wide range of client drivers including PHPJDBC and ADO.NET which are already available.

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