Install SQL Server 2019 Language Extensions (Java) on Linux

Language Extensions are an add-on to the database engine. Although you can install the database engine and Language Extensions concurrently, it's a best practice to install and configure the SQL Server database engine first so that you can resolve any issues before adding more components.

Follow the steps in this article to install the Java language extension.

Package location for the Java extensions is in the SQL Server Linux source repositories. If you already configured source repositories for the database engine install, you can run the mssql-server-extensibility-java package install commands using the same repo registration.

Language Extensions is also supported on Linux containers. We do not provide pre-built containers with Language Extensions, but you can create one from the SQL Server containers using an example template available on GitHub.

Uninstall previous CTP

The package list has changed over the last several CTP releases, resulting in fewer packages. We recommend uninstalling CTP 2.x to remove all previous packages before installing CTP 3.0. Side-by-side installation of multiple versions is not supported.

1. Confirm package installation

You might want to check for the existence of a previous installation as a first step. The following files indicate an existing installation:, exthost, launchpad.

ls /opt/microsoft/mssql/bin

2. Uninstall previous CTP 2.x packages

Uninstall at the lowest package level. Any upstream package dependent on a lower-level package is automatically uninstalled.

  • For Java integration, remove mssql-server-extensibility-java

Commands for removing packages appear in the following table.

Platform Package removal command(s)
RHEL sudo yum remove msssql-server-extensibility-java
SLES sudo zypper remove msssql-server-extensibility-java
Ubuntu sudo apt-get remove msssql-server-extensibility-java

3. Proceed with CTP 3.0 install

Install at the highest package level using the instructions in this article for your operating system.

For each OS-specific set of installation instructions, highest package level is either Example 1 - Full installation for the full set of packages, or Example 2 - Minimal installation for the least number of packages required for a viable installation.

  1. Run install commands using the package managers and syntax for your Linux distribution:


Package list

On an internet-connected device, packages are downloaded and installed independently of the database engine using the package installer for each operating system. The following table describes all available packages.

Package name Applies-to Description
mssql-server-extensibility All languages Extensibility framework used to run Java code.
mssql-server-extensibility-java Java Java extension for loading a Java execution environment. There are no additional libraries or packages for Java.

Install Language Extensions

You can install Language Extensions and Java on Linux by installing mssql-server-extensibility-java. When you install mssql-server-extensibility-java, the package automatically installs JRE 8 if it is not already installed. It will also add the JVM path to an environment variable called JRE_HOME.


On an internet-connected server, package dependencies are downloaded and installed as part of the main package installation. If your server is not connected to the internet, see more details in the offline setup.

RedHat install command

You can install Language Extensions for Java on RedHat using the command below.


If possible, run yum clean all to refresh packages on the system prior to installation.

# Install as root or sudo
sudo yum install mssql-server-extensibility-java

Ubuntu install command

You can install Language Extensions for Java on Ubuntu using the command below.


If possible, run apt-get update to refresh packages on the system prior to installation. Additionally, some docker images of Ubuntu might not have the https apt transport option. To install it, use apt-get install apt-transport-https.

# Install as root or sudo
sudo apt-get install mssql-server-extensibility-java

SUSE install command

You can install Language Extensions for Java on SUSE using the command below.

# Install as root or sudo
sudo zypper install mssql-server-extensibility-java

Post-install config (required)

  1. Grant permissions on Linux

    You don't need to perform this step if you are using external libraries. The recommended way of working is using external libraries. For help creating an external library from your jar file, see CREATE EXTERNAL LIBRARY

    If you are not using external libraries, you need to provide SQL Server with permissions to execute the Java classes in your jar.

    To grant read and execute access to a jar file, run the following chmod command on the jar file. We recommend always putting your class files in a jar when you work with SQL Server. For help creating a jar, see How to create a jar file.

    chmod ug+rx <MyJarFile.jar>

    You also need to give mssql_satellite permissions the jar file to read/execute.

    chown mssql_satellite:mssql_satellite <MyJarFile.jar>

    Additional configuration is primarily through the mssql-conf tool.

  2. Add the mssql user account used to run the SQL Server service. This is required if you haven't run the setup previously.

    sudo /opt/mssql/bin/mssql-conf setup
  3. Enable outbound network access. Outbound network access is disabled by default. To enable outbound requests, set the "outboundnetworkaccess" Boolean property using the mssql-conf tool. For more information, see Configure SQL Server on Linux with mssql-conf.

    # Run as SUDO or root
    # Enable outbound requests over the network
    sudo /opt/mssql/bin/mssql-conf set extensibility outboundnetworkaccess 1
  4. Restart the SQL Server Launchpad service and the database engine instance to read the updated values from the INI file. A restart message reminds you whenever an extensibility-related setting is modified.

    systemctl restart mssql-launchpadd
    systemctl restart mssql-server.service
  5. Enable external script execution using Azure Data Studio or another tool like SQL Server Management Studio (Windows only) that runs Transact-SQL.

    EXEC sp_configure 'external scripts enabled', 1
  6. Restart the mssql-launchpadd service again.

  7. For each database you want to use language extensions in, you need to register the external language with CREATE EXTERNAL LANGUAGE.

Verify installation

Java feature integration does not include libraries, but you can run grep -r JRE_HOME /etc to confirm creation of the JAVA_HOME environment variable.

To validate installation, run a T-SQL script that executes a system stored procedure invoking Java. You will need a query tool for this task. Azure Data Studio is a good choice. Other commonly used tools such as SQL Server Management Studio or PowerShell are Windows-only. If you have a Windows computer with these tools, use it to connect to your Linux installation of the database engine.

Full install of SQL Server and Language Extensions

You can install and configure the database engine and Language Extensions in one procedure by appending Java packages and parameters on a command that installs the database engine.

  1. Provide a command line that includes the database engine, plus language extension features.

You can add Java extensibility to a database engine install.

sudo yum install -y mssql-server mssql-server-extensibility-java 
  1. Accept license agreements and complete the post-install configuration. Use the mssql-conf tool for this task.
sudo /opt/mssql/bin/mssql-conf setup

You will be prompted to accept the license agreement for the database engine, choose an edition, and set the administrator password.

  1. Restart the service, if prompted to do so.
sudo systemctl restart mssql-server.service

Unattended installation

Using the unattended install for the Database Engine, add the packages for mssql-server-extensibility-java.

Offline installation

Follow the Offline installation instructions for steps on installing the packages. Find your download site, and then download specific packages using the package list below.


Several of the package management tools provide commands that can help you determine package dependencies. For yum, use sudo yum deplist [package]. For Ubuntu, use sudo apt-get install --reinstall --download-only [package name] followed by dpkg -I [package name].deb.

Download site

You can download packages from All of the packages for Java are colocated with database engine package.

RedHat/7 paths

mssql/extensibility-java packages

Ubuntu/16.04 paths

mssql/extensibility-java packages

SUSE/12 paths

mssql/extensibility-java packages

Package list

Depending on which extensions you want to use, download the packages necessary for a specific language. Exact filenames include platform information in the suffix, but the file names below should be close enough for you to determine which files to get.

# Core packages 

# Java

Limitations in CTP releases

Language Extensions and Java extensibility on Linux is still under active development. The following features are not yet enabled in the preview version.

  • Implied authentication is currently not available on Linux at this time, which means you cannot connect back to the server from in-progress Java to access data or other resources.

Resource governance

There is parity between Linux and Windows for Resource governance for external resource pools, but the statistics for sys.dm_resource_governor_external_resource_pools currently have different units on Linux. Units will align in an upcoming CTP.

Column name Description Value on Linux
peak_memory_kb The maximum amount of memory used for the resource pool. On Linux, this statistic is sourced from the CGroups memory subsystem, where the value is memory.max_usage_in_bytes
write_io_count The total write IOs issued since the Resource Governor statistics were reset. On Linux, this statistic is sourced from the CGroups blkio subsystem, where the value on the write row is blkio.throttle.io_serviced
read_io_count The total read IOs issued since the Resource Governor statistics were reset. On Linux, this statistic is sourced from the CGroups blkio subsystem, where value on the read row is blkio.throttle.io_serviced
total_cpu_kernel_ms The cumulative CPU user kernel time in milliseconds since the Resource Governor statistics were reset. On Linux, this statistic is sourced from the CGroups cpuacct subsystem, where the value on the user row is cpuacct.stat
total_cpu_user_ms The cumulative CPU user time in milliseconds since the Resource Governor statistics were reset. On Linux, this statistic is sourced from the CGroups cpuacct subsystem, where the value on the system row value is cpuacct.stat
active_processes_count The number of external processes running at the moment of the request. On Linux, this statistic is sourced from the GGroups pids subsystem, where the value is pids.current

Next steps

Java developers can get started with some simple examples, and learn the basics of how Java works with SQL Server. For your next step, see the following links: