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What are SQL files and how to open them

Are you having problems opening a SQL file or are you simply curious about its contents? We're here to explain the properties of these files and provide you with software that can open or handle your SQL files.

What is a SQL file?

SQL files have multiple uses, and SQL Database Script is one of them. Read more about the other uses further down the page.

SQL Database Script

SQL is an acronym for Structured Query Language. The SQL language is a database computer declarative language. The language was designed to manage data in relational database management systems and has become one of the most widely-used database languages in existence.

A file with the SQL extension contains the code used to modify the contents of an associated database, such as the statements needed to create or modify the structure of the database. SQL files may also contain database data insert operations, updates, deletions, and other information about the SQL database operations.

Database tools like mysqldump export the entire MySQL database content, including information about the database structure (also called Database Schema), to a single SQL file.

How to open SQL files

We have identified two SQL openers that are compatible with this specific type of SQL file.

Programs that open SQL Database Script files


Last updated: May 19, 2024

All known file formats using extension .SQL

While SQL Database Script is a popular type of SQL-file, we know of 3 different uses of the .SQL file extension. Different software may use files with the same extension for different types of data.

MySQL Dump

We know that one SQL format is MySQL Dump. We have not yet analyzed in detail what these files contain and what they are used for. We're working on it.

While we have not verified the apps ourselves yet, our users have suggested ten different SQL openers which you will find listed below.

PostgreSQL Database Dump

We know that one SQL format is PostgreSQL Database Dump. We have not yet analyzed in detail what these files contain and what they are used for. We're working on it.

Various apps that use files with this extension

These apps are known to open certain types of SQL files. Remember, different programs may use SQL files for different purposes, so you may need to try out a few of them to be able to open your specific file.

Microsoft SQL ServerMicrosoft SQL ServerUser submitted
Microsoft SQL Server Management Studio ExpressMicrosoft SQL Server Management Studio ExpressUser submitted
Microsoft Web Platform ExtensionsMicrosoft Web Platform ExtensionsUser submitted
ParadoxParadoxUser submitted
Microsoft SQL Server Management StudioMicrosoft SQL Server Management StudioUser submitted
pgAdmin IIIpgAdmin IIIUser submitted
HeidiSQLHeidiSQLUser submitted
MySQL-FrontMySQL-FrontUser submitted
Edge Code CCEdge Code CCUser submitted
BracketsBracketsUser submitted

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