Download SQL Server Data Tools (SSDT) for Visual Studio

APPLIES TO: YesSQL Server YesAzure SQL Database YesAzure Synapse Analytics (SQL Data Warehouse) YesParallel Data Warehouse

SQL Server Data Tools (SSDT) is a modern development tool for building SQL Server relational databases, databases in Azure SQL, 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.

SSDT for Visual Studio 2019

Changes in SSDT for Visual Studio 2019

The core SSDT functionality to create database projects has remained integral to Visual Studio.

With Visual Studio 2019, the required functionality to enable Analysis Services, Integration Services, and Reporting Services projects has moved into the respective Visual Studio (VSIX) extensions only.


There's no SSDT standalone installer for Visual Studio 2019.

Install SSDT with Visual Studio 2019

If Visual Studio 2019 is already installed, you can edit the list of workloads to include SSDT. If you don’t have Visual Studio 2019 installed, then you can download and install Visual Studio 2019 Community.

SSDT for Visual Studio 2017

Changes in SSDT for Visual Studio 2017

Starting with Visual Studio 2017, the functionality of creating Database Projects has been integrated into the Visual Studio installation. There's no need to install the SSDT standalone installer for the core SSDT experience.

Now to create Analysis Services, Integration Services, or Reporting Services projects, you still need the SSDT standalone installer.

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.

Data storage and processing workload

Install Analysis Services, Integration Services, and Reporting Services tools

To install Analysis Services, Integration Services, and Reporting Services project support, run the SSDT standalone installer.

The installer lists available Visual Studio instances to add SSDT tools. If Visual Studio isn't already 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.

Select AS, IS, RS

SSDT for VS 2017 (standalone installer)

Download SSDT for Visual Studio 2017 (15.9.6)


Release Notes

For a complete list of changes, see Release notes for SQL Server Data Tools (SSDT).

System requirements

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:

Considerations and limitations

  • You can’t install the community version offline

  • To upgrade SSDT, you need to follow the same path used to install SSDT. For example, if you added SSDT using the VSIX extensions, then you must upgrade via the VSIX extensions. If you installed SSDT via a separate install, then you need to upgrade using that method.

Offline install

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:

  1. Download the SSDT standalone installer.

  2. Download vs_sql.exe.

  3. While still online, execute one of the following commands to download all the files required for installing offline. Using the --layout option is the key, it downloads the actual files for the offline installation. Replace <filepath> with the actual layouts path to save the files.

    1. For a specific language, pass the locale: vs_sql.exe --layout c:\<filepath> --lang en-us (a single language is ~1 GB).
    2. For all languages, omit the --lang argument: vs_sql.exe --layout c:\<filepath> (all languages are ~3.9 GB).

After completing the previous steps, the following steps below can be done offline:

  1. Run vs_setup.exe --NoWeb to install the VS2017 Shell and SQL Server Data Project.

  2. From the layouts folder, run SSDT-Setup-ENU.exe /install and select SSIS/SSRS/SSAS. a. For an unattended installation, run SSDT-Setup-ENU.exe /INSTALLALL[:vsinstances] /passive.

For available options, run SSDT-Setup-ENU.exe /help


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 aren't yet supported)

* SQL Server 2005 support is deprecated,

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 2019


SSDT for Visual Studio 2015 and 2017 both use DacFx 17.4.1: Download Data-Tier Application Framework (DacFx) 17.4.1.

Previous versions

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).

See Also

Next steps

After installing SSDT, work through these tutorials to learn how to create databases, packages, data models, and reports using SSDT.

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