Sql-server – SQL Server Developer – Free

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Can I use SQL Server Free Developer software for my Development and Test machines? Do we need to license these servers or can I install the free SQL Software? These would only be used for testing/development purposes.

Thank you..

Best Answer

For SQL Server development and testing environments, Microsoft does not charge you for licenses and you can test all available features.

Full-featured version of SQL Server software that allows developers to cost-effectively build, test, and demonstrate applications based on SQL Server software.

In addition, you can also perform the free installation of the SQL Server Express version.

Free entry-level database that's ideal for learning, as well as building desktop and small server data-driven applications of up to 10 GB.

However, express version has some limitations and does not contain all available features.

You can read some about it at these links:

  1. Licensing SQL Server for Development and Test
  2. SQL Server licensing for test environments RRS feed

However, it is always wise to consult your Microsoft sales representative because license rules may change.