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?
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 one SQL opener that is compatible with this specific type of SQL file.
Programs that open SQL Database Script files
Last updated: March 10, 2023
All known file formats using extension .SQL
While SQL Database Script is a popular type of SQL-file, we know of 2 different uses of the .SQL file extension. Different software may use files with the same extension for different types of data.
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.
While we have not verified the apps ourselves yet, our users have suggested ten different SQL openers which you will find listed below.
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 Server||User submitted|
|Microsoft SQL Server Management Studio Express||User submitted|
|Microsoft Web Platform Extensions||User submitted|
|Microsoft SQL Server Management Studio||User submitted|
|pgAdmin III||User submitted|
|Edge Code CC||User submitted|
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