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 (15.8.2), uninstall Analysis Services Projects and Reporting Services Projects extensions if they are already installed, and close all VS instances.
- Fixed an issue that deploying SSIS project which contains packages containing Script Task/Flat file destination to Azure-SSIS will result in the packages failing to execute in Azure-SSIS.
- SSDT for Visual Studio 2017 (15.8.2) doesn't support designing packages that contain Oracle/Teradata source/destination. Use SSDT for Visual Studio 2017 (15.8).
Release number: 15.8.2
Build Number: 14.0.16182.0
Release date: November 5, 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:
To install SSDT when you're not connected to the internet follow the steps in this section. For more information, see Create a network installation of Visual Studio 2017.
First, complete the following steps while online:
- Download the SSDT standalone installer.
- Download vs_sql.exe.
- While still online, execute one of the following commands to download all the files required for installing offline. Using the
--layoutoption is the key, it will download the actual files for the offline installation. Replace
with the actual layouts path to save the files.
a. For a specific language, pass the locale:
vs_sql.exe --layout c:\<filepath> --lang en-us (a single language is ~1GB)
b. For all languages, omit the
vs_sql.exe --layout c:\<filepath> (all languages are ~3.9GB).
SSDT-Setup-ENU.exe /layout c:\<filepath>to extract the SSDT payload into the same
<filepath>location where the VS2017 files were downloaded. This ensure that all files from both are combined into a single layouts folder.
After completing the previous steps, the following can be done while offline:
vs_setup.exe --NoWebto install the VS2017 Shell and SQL Server Data Project.
From the layouts folder run
SSDT-Setup-ENU.exe /installand select SSIS/SSRS/SSAS.
- Or for an unattended installation, run
SSDT-Setup-ENU.exe /INSTALLALL[:vsinstances] /passive
- Or for an unattended installation, run
For available options, run
If using a full version of Visual Studio 2017, create an offline folder for SSDT only, and run
SSDT-Setup-ENU.exe from this newly created folder (don't add SSDT to another Visual Studio 2017 offline layout). If you add the SSDT layout to an existing Visual Studio offline layout the necessary runtime (.exe) components are not created there.
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 2014 - 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)
- All the ways to get help
- 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
- Edit SQL Docs
- SQL Docs Feedback
- SQL Docs Survey