Sql Server 2019 Download And Installation

In this article, we'll learn to download and install SQL Server 2019. There are numerous editions and versions of SQL Server and this article will help you choose the right one. 

SQL Server  

SQL Server is basically a management system for relational database designed and developed by Microsoft which enables developers, data engineers and solution architect to store and retrieve data while developing software applications. The current version is the SQL Server 2019 which is an upgraded version to the 2017 SQL Server. From the MS SQL Server for OS/2 that started in 1989 and its first release of SQL Server 4.2 in 1993, SQL Server has come a long way with SQL Server 2019 providing capabilities and functionalities with significant improvement over the decades.  

The SQL Server can be opted for use on Azure ie. The Cloud, on-premises as well as extend to the IoT devices through Edge.  

How to Download and Install SQL Server 2019?  

First of all, one need to realize which SQL Server 2019 edition one requires. This depends on the type of use case scenario one wishes to perform. Microsoft has provided two different specialized editions, one as Developer edition and Express edition. However, both of these editions are freely available.  


The SQL Server 2019 Developer edition provides complete features of the SQL Server 2019 and is licensed for use only in development and testing in non-production environments.  


The SQL Server 2019 Express edition is also a freely available edition. However, the major difference from the Developer Edition is that this version is ideal for production use for the development from web, desktop to server applications.  

Furthermore, there are different installations of SQL Server 2019 for Windows, Linux, and Docker.  

Step 1 

Now, Visit the SQL Server 2019 Downloads page and choose the installation setup.  

Step 2 

For Windows, Click on Choose your installation setup.  

Step 3 

Now, we’ll opt from various installations processes. Click on Install on Windows.  

Step 4 

Now, we’ll be taken to another page with Options for Azure and EXE.  

Step 5 

Click on Exe and fill the detail and continue.  

The other way is to install the Developer Edition for non-production environment directly.  

Step 1 

Click on Download Now under Developer or Express Edition.  

Step 2 

An .exe file will be downloaded to your system.  

Double Click that file.  

Step 3 

You’ll be provided with different options. For now, let us stick with the Basic.  

Step 4 

Read the License Terms and Click on Accept.  

Step 5 

Choose the Drive you want to install your SQL Server 2019.


Make sure the free space is available as per the download size of the software. Once done, click on Install.  

Step 6 

The rules engine will now be extracted to your specified location to download the package.  

The setup files will now be acquired and be downloaded to your system.  

Step 7 

Once the download is successful, the installation process will begin.  

Step 8 

Once, the installation is complete you can now access and use the SQL Server 2019 Edition.  

For further connections and installations, you can choose Connect Now or Install the SSMS into your system. 

Step 9 

With the SQL Server 2019 now setup, we can use it to connect it to our applications and other software.  

Check out the Azure Data Studio Series to learn about it. In the Azure Data Studio - Create, Query And Delete In SQL Server we use the SQL Server 2019 and connect it to Azure Data Studio to Connect and Query data from the Studio itself.

The use and functionalities of SQL Server 2019 is beyond leaps and bounds. Data is the heart of any software application and SQL Server 2019 is the core of major applications out there in existence.  


Thus, in this article, we learned about SQL Server 2019 and learned to download the install it in our system. Depending upon the use case and system, there are different ways and editions of SQL Server 2019 to use and take advantage of. Hopefully, this article has helped you to choose the right one.