How to open SQL files

Did your computer fail to open a SQL file? We explain what SQL files are and recommend software that we know can open or convert your files.

What is a SQL file?

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

Files that contain the .sql file extension hold database-related files that have been written in the SQL language. An SQL file contains the code that is used to modify the contents of an associated database, such as the statements that are needed to create or modify the structure of the database.

SQL files may also contain database updates, deletions and other information about the SQL database operations.

Software that will open, convert or fix SQL files

These apps are known to open certain types of SQL files. Since many different programs may use SQL files for different purposes, you may need to try a few of the apps to open your specific SQL file.

Microsoft SQL Server Management Studio ExpressMicrosoft SQL Server Management Studio ExpressUser submitted
Microsoft Web Platform ExtensionsMicrosoft Web Platform ExtensionsUser submitted
Stuffit ExpanderStuffit ExpanderUser submitted
ParadoxParadoxUser submitted
Microsoft SQL Server Management StudioMicrosoft SQL Server Management StudioUser submitted
pgAdmin IIIpgAdmin IIIUser submitted
HeidiSQLHeidiSQLUser submitted
Edge Code CCEdge Code CCUser submitted
Notepad++Notepad++User submitted
Microsoft Visual Studio .NETMicrosoft Visual Studio .NETUser submitted
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