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Learn SQL Server Development with SQL Server 2019 Developer Edition: Download Now


How to Download and Install SQL Server 2019 Developer Edition




If you are a developer who wants to build any kind of application on top of SQL Server, you may want to try SQL Server 2019 Developer Edition. This edition is a full-featured free edition that includes all the functionality of Enterprise Edition, but is licensed for use as a development and test system, not as a production server. SQL Server 2019 Developer Edition is an ideal choice for people who want to explore the latest features and capabilities of SQL Server, such as data virtualization, intelligent query processing, always encrypted with secure enclaves, Kubernetes support, Java support, and more.


In this article, you will learn how to download and install SQL Server 2019 Developer Edition on your Windows machine. You will also learn how to install SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS), a tool that allows you to manage and query your SQL Server databases. By following this guide, you will be able to start developing your applications using SQL Server 2019 Developer Edition in no time.




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Prerequisites




Before you download and install SQL Server 2019 Developer Edition, you need to make sure that your machine meets the minimum hardware and software requirements. Here are the requirements according to :


Hardware requirements




  • Hard Disk: SQL Server requires a minimum of 6 GB of available hard-disk space.



  • Memory: At least 4 GB and should be increased as database size increases to ensure optimal performance.



  • Processor Speed: Minimum: x64 Processor: 1.4 GHz; Recommended: 2.0 GHz or faster.



  • Processor Type: x64 Processor: AMD Opteron, AMD Athlon 64, Intel Xeon with Intel EM64T support, Intel Pentium IV with EM64T support.



Software requirements




  • Operating system: Windows 10 TH1 1507 or greater; Windows Server 2016 or greater.



  • .NET Framework: Minimum operating systems include minimum .NET framework.



  • Network Software: Supported operating systems for SQL Server have built-in network software.



Operating system support




The following table shows which editions of SQL Server 2019 are compatible with which versions of Windows:



EditionWindows ClientWindows Server


EnterpriseNoYes


StandardNoYes


WebNoYes


DeveloperYesYes


ExpressYesYes


Step-by-step installation guide




Now that you have checked the prerequisites, you are ready to download and install SQL Server 2019 Developer Edition. Here are the steps you need to follow:


How to mount the ISO file and run the setup.exe file




  • Go to and click on the Download now button under SQL Server 2019 Developer Edition.



  • Save the SQLServer2019-x64-ENU-Dev.iso file to your preferred location.



  • Right-click on the ISO file and select Mount. This will create a virtual drive with the ISO file contents.



  • Open the virtual drive and double-click on the setup.exe file to launch the SQL Server Installation Center.



How to choose the installation type and edition




  • In the SQL Server Installation Center, click on Installation on the left pane.



  • Select New SQL Server stand-alone installation or add features to an existing installation.



  • In the Product Key page, select Developer under free edition and click Next.



  • In the License Terms page, check the box to accept the license terms and click Next.



How to accept the license terms and check for updates




  • In the Microsoft Update page, check the box to use Microsoft Update to check for updates and click Next.



  • In the Install Rules page, wait for the rules to be checked and click Next.



  • In the Feature Selection page, choose the features you want to install. You can select all features or customize your selection according to your needs. For this guide, we will select all features. Click Next.



  • In the Instance Configuration page, specify the name and ID of your SQL Server instance. You can use the default name (MSSQLSERVER) or enter a custom name. Click Next.



How to configure the server authentication and add administrators




  • In the Server Configuration page, enter the service accounts and passwords for each SQL Server service. You can use the same account for all services or specify different accounts for each service. For this guide, we will use the same account for all services. Click Next.



  • In the Database Engine Configuration page, choose the authentication mode for your SQL Server. You can choose between Windows authentication mode or Mixed mode (SQL Server authentication and Windows authentication). For this guide, we will choose Mixed mode and enter a strong password for the SQL Server system administrator (sa) account. Click Next.



  • In the same page, click on the Add Current User button to add your Windows account as an administrator of SQL Server. You can also click on the Add button to add other Windows or SQL Server accounts as administrators. Click Next.



How to verify and complete the installation




  • In the Ready to Install page, review the summary of your installation choices and click Install.



  • Wait for the installation process to complete. This may take several minutes depending on your machine and the features you selected.



  • In the Complete page, click on the link to view the installation log file and check for any errors or warnings. Click Close to exit the SQL Server Installation Center.



  • Congratulations! You have successfully installed SQL Server 2019 Developer Edition on your machine.



How to install SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)




SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS) is a graphical tool that allows you to manage and query your SQL Server databases. SSMS is not included in the SQL Server installation package, so you need to download and install it separately. Here are the steps you need to follow:


What is SSMS and why use it




SSMS is a user-friendly interface that provides various features and tools to help you work with SQL Server. Some of the features and tools include:


  • Object Explorer: A tree view that shows all the objects in your SQL Server instance, such as databases, tables, views, stored procedures, functions, etc. You can right-click on any object to perform various tasks, such as creating, modifying, deleting, scripting, etc.



  • Query Editor: A text editor that allows you to write and execute SQL queries and scripts. You can also use IntelliSense, code snippets, syntax highlighting, error checking, etc. to help you write your queries.



  • Query Designer: A graphical tool that allows you to create queries by dragging and dropping tables and columns from Object Explorer. You can also specify filters, joins, grouping, sorting, etc. using the graphical interface.



  • Database Diagrams: A graphical tool that allows you to create and modify database schemas by dragging and dropping tables and relationships from Object Explorer. You can also use this tool to generate scripts for creating or altering your database objects.



  • SQL Server Profiler: A tool that allows you to monitor and analyze the activity and performance of your SQL Server instance. You can capture and save events such as queries executed, errors occurred, transactions committed, etc. You can also use filters, templates, traces, etc. to customize your monitoring.



  • SQL Server Agent: A tool that allows you to automate and schedule various tasks on your SQL Server instance, such as backups, restores, maintenance plans, alerts, notifications, etc.



How to download and run the SSMS installer




  • Go to and click on the Download SSMS button under SSMS 18.x.



  • Save the SSMS-Setup-ENU.exe file to your preferred location.



  • Double-click on the SSMS-Setup-ENU.exe file to launch the SSMS installer.



  • In the Welcome page, click Install.



  • Wait for the installation process to complete. This may take several minutes depending on your machine and internet connection.



  • In the Complete page, click Restart if prompted or Close to exit the SSMS installer.



  • Congratulations! You have successfully installed SSMS on your machine.



How to connect to SQL Server 2019 Developer Edition using SSMS




  • Open SSMS from your Start menu or desktop shortcut.



  • In the Connect to Server dialog box, enter the following information:



  • Server type: Choose Database Engine.



  • Server name: Enter the name of your SQL Server instance. If you used the default name (MSSQLSERVER), you can enter your machine name or localhost.



  • Authentication: Choose the authentication mode you used for your SQL Server installation. If you chose Mixed mode, enter the sa account and password you specified. If you chose Windows authentication, use your Windows account credentials.



  • Click Connect.



  • You should see your SQL Server instance in the Object Explorer window. You can expand the nodes to view the databases and other objects on your server.



  • You can now start using SSMS to manage and query your SQL Server databases.



Conclusion




In this article, you learned how to download and install SQL Server 2019 Developer Edition, a free edition that includes all the features and capabilities of Enterprise Edition. You also learned how to install SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS), a graphical tool that allows you to manage and query your SQL Serv


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