SQL File Type

- The quick facts

What are SQL files and how to open them

Are you having problems opening a SQL file or just wondering what they contain? We explain what these files are used for and show you software that we know can open or otherwise handle your files.

What is a SQL file?

A .SQL file is a SQL Database Script file.

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

Important: Different programs may use files with the SQL file extension for different purposes, so unless you are sure which format your SQL file is, you may need to try a few different programs.

While we have not verified the apps ourselves yet, our users have suggested 10 different SQL openers which you will find listed below.

Last updated: March 17, 2022

Suggest another file format using extension SQL

While we know of one file format using the .SQL file extension, there may be more. It is widespread that different programs use files with the same file extension for very different types of data. Please let us know if you are aware of a different kind of .SQL file.

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
MySQL-FrontMySQL-FrontUser submitted
HeidiSQLHeidiSQLUser submitted
Edge Code CCEdge Code CCUser submitted
progeCAD ProfessionalprogeCAD ProfessionalUser submitted