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10 Best SQL Editors Of 2021 & How To Choose The Right One

This article will provide a quick and easy comparison of the best SQL editors that exist

There is a wide range of SQL editors out there just waiting to be downloaded, so how do you know which one to go with? 

Quickly Compare & Evaluate The 10 Best SQL Editors

In this post, I’ll give you a rundown of the best SQL editors that data administrators and web developers use to perform SQL queries and manage data.

The Best SQL Editors List

Here’s a shortlist of the best SQL editors:

  1. Microsoft SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
  2. SQLGate
  3. Postico
  4. PopSQL
  5. Adminer Editor
  6. Valentina
  7. DBeaver
  8. SQuirrel SQL
  9. HeidiSQL
  10. RazorSQL

SQL Editor FAQ

  • What does an SQL editor do?
    • An SQL editor allows SQL queries to be performed. In short, it creates a way for managing and manipulating data in the database.
  • Who uses an SQL editor?
    • Data administrators and web developers.

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Overviews Of The SQL Editor Softwares

Here’s a brief description of each of the SQL editor software that are featured on this top 10 list.

1. Microsoft SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)

Microsoft SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS) Screenshot
Microsoft SQL Server Management Studio allows users to create and edit SQL queries and manage databases.

2. SQLGate

SQLGate Screenshot
SQLGate can be customized for and used with several different types of databases.

3. Postico

Postico Screenshot
Postico is intended for Mac users working with PostgreSQL databases.

4. PopSQL

PopSQL Screenshot
PopSQL enables teams to work together on writing and editing SQL queries, as well as share queries with other team members.

5. Adminer Editor

Adminer Editor Screenshot
Adminer Editor is part of the larger Adminer database management software, which allows users to create databases and edit data.

6. Valentina

Valentina Screenshot
Along with the ability to create and edit SQL queries, Valentina also allows users to create visual reports for data.

7. DBeaver

DBeaver Screenshot
DBeaver is a free and open-source option for an SQL editor.

8. SQuirrel SQL

SQuirrel SQL Screenshot
SQuirrel SQL allows users to edit SQL queries, and it offers additional features such as syntax highlighting and code completion.

9. HeidiSQL

HeidiSQL Screenshot
Users can manage, create, and adminstrate databases and SQL queries.

10. RazorSQL

RazorSQL Screenshot
Along with allowing users to create and edit SQL queries, RazorSQL also acts as a database browser and database administration software.

Other SQL Editor Options

Here are a few more that didn’t make the top list. If you need additional suggestions for handy SQL editor tools, check these out.

  1. dbForge Studio for PostgreSQL
  2. DataGrip
  3. Periscope Data
  4. Altova
  5. Aqua Data Studio for PostgreSQL

Looking for other specific tools? Check out these resources:

What Do You Think About These SQL Editors?

Have you tried out any SQL editor software listed above? If we left out your favorite SQL editor, comment with your ideas below to share with the rest of our QA community.

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