SQL File - opening and understanding

Did your computer fail to open a SQL file? We explain what they are used for and recommend software that we know can open or otherwise handle your .SQL 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.

How to open SQL files

You will need a program compatible with the specific file you are trying to open, as different programs may use files with file extension SQL for different purposes.

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

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 viewers for this file format

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
Stuffit ExpanderStuffit ExpanderUser submitted
ParadoxParadoxUser submitted
Microsoft SQL Server Management StudioMicrosoft SQL Server Management StudioUser submitted
pgAdmin IIIpgAdmin IIIUser submitted
MySQL-FrontMySQL-FrontUser submitted
HeidiSQLHeidiSQLUser submitted
Any Video Converter ProfessionalAny Video Converter ProfessionalUser submitted
We have not verified any software that we know for certain will work with SQL-files on Mac. If you know one, please use the 'Suggest a program' link below and tell us about it!
We have not verified any web services that we know for certain will work with SQL-files. If you know one, please use the 'Suggest a program' link below and tell us about it!