Download SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)

Download SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)


Updated: July 14, 2016

SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS) is an integrated environment for accessing, configuring, managing, administering, and developing all components of SQL Server. SSMS combines a broad group of graphical tools with a number of rich script editors to provide developers and administrators of all skill levels access to SQL Server. This release features improved compatibility with previous versions of SQL Server, a stand-alone web installer, and toast notifications within SSMS when new releases become available.

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Download SQL Server Management Studio July 2016 Hotfix update
System_CAPS_ICON_important.jpg Important

  • The setup page for this release says August due to an internal build setting. The package is in fact a hotfix for the July release.
  • This release of SSMS enables the 'XACT_ABORT' option in SSMS by default. This option instructs SQL Server to rollback the entire transaction and abort the batch if a run-time error occurs. You can disable this option in the SQL Server Query Execution options dialog page.
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This generally available release of SSMS is free and does not require a SQL Server license to install and use.

Version Information

This release of SSMS uses the Visual Studio 2015 Isolated shell.
The version number for SQL Server Management Studio July 2016 hotfix is: 13.0.15600.2

Supported SQL Server versions

  • This version of SSMS works with all supported versions of SQL Server (SQL Server 2008 - SQL Server 2016), and provides the greatest level of support for working with the latest cloud features in Azure SQL Database.
  • There is no explicit block for SQL Server 2000 or SQL Server 2005, but some features may not work properly.
  • Additionally, this version of SSMS can be installed side-by-side with earlier released non-preview versions.

Supported Operating systems

This release of SSMS supports the following platforms when used with the latest available service pack:
Windows 10, Windows 8, Windows 8.1, Windows 7 (SP1), Windows Server 2012 (64-bit), Windows Server 2012 R2 (64-bit), Windows Server 2008 R2 (64-bit)

Available Languages

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Non-English localized releases of SSMS require the KB 2862966 security update package if installing on: Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows Server 2012, and Windows Server 2008 R2.

This release of SSMS can be installed in the following languages:
Chinese (People's Republic of China) | Chinese (Taiwan) | English (United States) | French
German | Italian | Japanese | Korean | Portuguese (Brazil) | Russian | Spanish

  • Edit, July 13th: Bug fix in SSMS to enable missing right-click menu items (Microsoft Connect item #2883440).

  • Edit, July 5th: Improved support for SQL Server 2016 (1200 compatibility level) tabular databases in the Analysis Services Process dialog and the Analysis Services Deployment wizard.

  • Edit, July 5th: New option in SSMS 'query execution options' dialog to set 'XACT_ABORT'. This option is enabled by default in this release of SSMS and instructs SQL Server to rollback the entire transaction and abort the batch if a run-time error occurs.

  • Support for Azure SQL Data Warehouse in SSMS.

  • Significant updates to the SQL Server PowerShell module. This includes a new SQL PowerShell module and new CMDLETs for Always Encrypted, SQL Agent, and SQL Error Logs.

  • Support for PowerShell script generation in the Always Encrypted wizard.

  • Significantly improved connection times to Azure SQL databases.

  • New ‘Backup to URL’ dialog to support the creation of Azure storage credentials for SQL Server 2016 database backups. This provides a more streamlined experience for storing database backups in an Azure storage account.

  • New Restore dialog to streamline restoring a SQL Server 2016 database backup from the Microsoft Azure storage service.

  • Bug fix in SSMS query designer to allow adding tables to the designer if a user doesn’t have SELECT permissions on them.

  • Bug fix to add IntelliSense support for 'TRY_CAST()', and 'TRY_CONVERT()' functions (Microsoft Connect item #2453461).

  • Bug fix in PowerShell module to enable loading of ‘SQLAS’ extension (Microsoft Connect item #2544902).

  • Bug fix in the SSMS editor window to allow drag-and-drop open of Sql files (Microsoft Connect item #2690658).

  • Bug fix in Profiler to fix Profiler crash when exiting. (Microsoft Connect item #2616550).

  • Bug fix in SSMS to prevent crash when trying to edit a join link in the SSMS table designer (Microsoft Connect item #2721052).

  • Bug fix in SSMS to enable database script generation for db_owner role members. (Microsoft Connect item #2869241).

  • Bug fix in SSMS editor to remove the delay in closing a query tab if the server has gone offline (Microsoft Connect item #2656058).

  • Bug fix to enable Backup option in SQL Server Express databases (Microsoft Connect item #2801910).

  • Bug fix in Analysis Services to correctly show the Data Feed provider for multi-dimensional Analysis Services models.

For the full list of features, see
SQL Server Management Studio - Changelog (SSMS)

To see the list of known issues and work arounds, see
SQL Server Management Studio - Release Notes

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SQL Server Privacy Statement.

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