SQL Server on Linux

Applies to: yesSQL Server (all supported versions) - Linux

Starting with SQL Server 2017 (14.x), SQL Server runs on Linux. It's the same SQL Server database engine, with many similar features and services regardless of your operating system.

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SQL Server 2019 is available! To find out what's new for Linux in the latest release, see What's new in SQL Server 2019 for Linux.

SQL Server 2019 (15.x) runs on Linux. It's the same SQL Server database engine, with many similar features and services regardless of your operating system. To find out more about this release, see What's new in SQL Server 2019 for Linux.

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SQL Server 2022 Preview is available! To find out what's new for Linux in the latest release, see What's new in SQL Server 2022 (16.x) Preview.

SQL Server 2022 (16.x) Preview runs on Linux. It's the same SQL Server database engine, with many similar features and services regardless of your operating system. To find out more about this release, see What's new in SQL Server 2022 (16.x) Preview.

Install

To get started, install SQL Server on Linux using one of the following quickstarts:

Container images

The SQL Server container images are published and available on the Microsoft Container Registry (MCR), and also catalogued at the following locations, based on the operating system image that was used when creating the container image:

Connect

After installation, connect to the SQL Server instance on your Linux machine. You can connect locally or remotely and with various tools and drivers. The quickstarts demonstrate how to use the sqlcmd command-line tool. Other tools include the following:

Tool Tutorial
Visual Studio Code (VS Code) Use VS Code with SQL Server on Linux
SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS) Use SSMS on Windows to connect to SQL Server on Linux
SQL Server Data Tools (SSDT) Use SSDT with SQL Server on Linux

Explore

Starting with SQL Server 2017 (14.x), SQL Server has the same underlying database engine on all supported platforms, including Linux and containers. Therefore, many existing features and capabilities operate the same way. This area of the documentation exposes some of these features from a Linux perspective. It also calls out areas that have unique requirements on Linux.

If you're already familiar with SQL Server on Linux, review the release notes for general guidelines and known issues for this release:

Then look at what's new:

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For answers to frequently asked questions, see the SQL Server on Linux FAQ.

Get help

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For more information, see How to contribute to SQL Server documentation