SQL editor tools which are free or open source

MySQL and PhpMyAdmin installed and workingRecently a new joiner at our company asked me this. Where are SQL commands executed?

I said, as a programmer or database administrator, you’ll need a SQL editor to manage and edit databases for your applications.

A good SQL editor is usually required to run SQL queries for all sorts of functions such as adding and editing data, adding and dropping tables, etc.

Each database usually has it’s own set of client-based SQL editor tool which allows a client machine to connect to the database server to perform database administration work.

All you need in order to log into the database is the correct credentials (username and password).

Sometimes, the client tool for the database may not be available and you need the ability to quickly access the database to check some table records.

If this is the case then here is a list of free or open source SQL editor tools for you to begin running SQL queries against your DB.

SQL editor tools for your evaluation

SQL Maestro SQL Editor Tool

A unique tool for administering a database engine that is accessible via ODBC driver or OLE DB provider.

The reason why I placed this as the first is because of its vast support for many types of databases such as SQL Server, MySQL, Oracle, MS Access, Sybase, DB2, PostgreSQL, etc.

If you’re a programmer needing to connect to several types of databases, then this tool will come in very handy for you.

Toad World SQL Editor Tool

Has been around for quite some time and its database management tools are comprehensive, advanced, and reliable.

If you’re in need for support and have questions related to the tools as well as database related queries, the Toad community is where you can get lots of help, resources, and videos.

Toad has specific apps for Oracle, DB2, MySQL, SQL Server, etc. Its other freeware includes a data modeler, extension for visual studio, benchmark factory, and more.

phpmyadmin SQL Editor Tool

Is one of my favorite SQL editor simply because I use it a lot.

Since this website is using WordPress and MySQL, I use PHPMyAdmin as a SQL editor extensively to manage my database from checking table records to deleting unwanted data.

If your database is on MySQL, then look no where else. PhpMyAdmin is the best database administration tool for you provided you’re also into PHP. 🙂

Oracle SQL Developer SQL Editor Tool

A free and fully supported graphical tool for Oracle database development and connects to Oracle version 10g and up.

There are versions for Windows, Linux, and Mac OSX.

With this tool, you can browse database objects, edit and debug PL/SQL statements, run reports, and more. Another strong feature includes the ability to migrate 3rd party databases to Oracle.

Squirrel SQL Editor Tool

A universal SQL client that is capable of data browsing in tables, issuing SQL commands, and more.

The SQL editor is a graphical Java program that allows you to connect to JDBC compliant databases.

Some new enhancements for its latest release include using RText as the default editor instead of the classic Netbeans editor, a new plugin for the Netezza database.

Synametrics Technologies SQL Editor Tool

A universal database management tool for a heterogeneous environment.

WinSQL users generally use the tool to perform database administration tasks such as importing and exporting data, generating test data, reverse engineer existing databases, and more.

Check out the top 10 reasons why you should use WinSQL.

DBVis Software SQL Editor Tool

A universal database tool that works on all major operating systems including for Mac OS.

Some key functions include database object management, table data management, SQL tools, and DB server management.

At the moment DbVisualizer comes in two flavors: Personal edition and Free edition. This feature list shows the difference between both versions.

SQLPal SQL Editor Tool

It is usually treated as an alternative to SQL*Plus for connection to Oracle via JDBC.

With SQLpal, you won’t need to have the Oracle client installation file and thus can be placed on USB thumb drives for easy access and connection to Oracle.

The download file is only 9MB in size and is available for Windows only.

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There you go, a couple of free or open source SQL editor tools for all your Database SQL management purposes. Enjoy!

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Can I run SQL editor online?

Yes! Of course, you can!

An online SQL IDE that allows you to execute SQL statements online.

Great if you would like to test your SQL statements without having to launch your favorite SQL Editors.

About the author

Bob Lee

Hi! My name is Bob Lee and I’m a web developer / technical writer who specializes in developing and reviewing web applications. As an entrepreneur, blogger, developer, and tech enthusiast, I have been in this field for more than 10 years, and have been loving every minute of it.

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