Download and install SQL Server Data Tools (SSDT) for Visual Studio
SQL Server Data Tools is a modern development tool for building SQL Server relational databases, Azure SQL databases, Analysis Services (AS) data models, Integration Services (IS) packages, and Reporting Services (RS) reports. With SSDT, you can design and deploy any SQL Server content type with the same ease as you would develop an application in Visual Studio.
For most users, SQL Server Data Tools (SSDT) is installed during Visual Studio installation. Installing SSDT using the Visual Studio installer adds the base SSDT functionality, so you still need to run the SSDT standalone installer to get AS, IS, and RS tools.
Install SSDT with Visual Studio 2017
To install SSDT during Visual Studio installation, select the Data storage and processing workload, and then select SQL Server Data Tools. If Visual Studio is already installed, you can edit the list of workloads to include SSDT:
Install Analysis Services, Integration Services, and Reporting Services tools
To install AS, IS, and RS project support, run the SSDT standalone installer.
The installer lists available Visual Studio instances to add the SSDT tools to. If Visual Studio is not installed, selecting Install a new SQL Server Data Tools instance installs SSDT with a minimal version of Visual Studio, but for the best experience we recommend using SSDT with the latest version of Visual Studio.
SSDT for VS 2017 (standalone installer)
- Before installing SSDT for Visual Studio 2017 (15.8), uninstall Analysis Services Projects and Reporting Services Projects extensions if they are already installed, and close all VS instances.
Release number: 15.8
Build Number: 14.0.16174.0
Release date: September 05, 2018
For a complete list of changes, see the changelog.
SSDT for Visual Studio 2017 has the same system requirements as Visual Studio.
Available Languages - SSDT for VS 2017
This release of SSDT for VS 2017 can be installed in the following languages:
Supported SQL versions
|Project Templates||SQL Platforms Supported|
|Relational databases||SQL Server 2005* - SQL Server 2017
(use SSDT 17.x or SSDT for Visual Studio 2017 to connect to SQL Server on Linux)
Azure SQL Database
Azure SQL Data Warehouse (supports queries only; database projects are not yet supported)
* SQL Server 2005 support is deprecated,
please move to an officially supported SQL version
|Analysis Services models
Reporting Services reports
|SQL Server 2008 – SQL Server 2017|
|Integration Services packages||SQL Server 2012 – SQL Server 2017|
SSDT for Visual Studio 2015, and SSDT for Visual Studio 2017 both use DacFx 17.4.1: Download Data-Tier Application Framework (DacFx) 17.4.1.
To download and install SSDT for Visual Studio 2015, or an older version of SSDT, see Previous releases of SQL Server Data Tools (SSDT and SSDT-BI).
After installing SSDT, work through these tutorials to learn how to create databases, packages, data models, and reports using SSDT:
- Project-Oriented Offline Database Development
- SSIS Tutorial: Create a Simple ETL Package
- Analysis Services tutorials
- Create a Basic Table Report (SSRS Tutorial)
- UserVoice - Suggestion to improve SQL Server?
- Setup and Upgrade - MSDN Forum
- SQL Server Data Tools - MSDN forum
- Transact-SQL - MSDN forum
- SQL Server Security - MSDN Forum
- DBA Stack Exchange (tag sql-server) - ask SQL Server questions
- Stack Overflow (tag sql-server) - also has some answers about SQL development
- Reddit - general discussion about SQL Server
- Microsoft SQL Server License Terms and Information
- Support options for business users
- Contact Microsoft