SQL Server 2016 SP1 Express edition

Use SQL Server programming features to build small data-driven applications up to 10 GB of maximum disk size—that will scale across editions as you grow—with this free, entry-level database.

Why choose the Express edition?

Build web and mobile applications for multiple data types

Support structured and unstructured data while storing business data with native support for relational data, XML, and spatial data. Add geographical information to business applications and build location-aware applications. Increase granularity of temporal data with date and time data types.

Embed a lightweight database into basic desktop applications

Embed a SQL Server database into desktop applications or tools with SQL Server Express LocalDB—a lightweight deployment option for SQL Server Express with fewer prerequisites, running in-process with applications and not as a service.

Available SQL Server 2016 SP1 Express versions

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SQL Server 2016 Express LocalDB (MSI installer)

Embed SQL Server Express into an application with LocalDB—a lightweight version of the Express edition that has all its programmability features, yet runs in user mode with a fast, zero-configuration installation. LocalDB does not accept remote connections, and cannot be administered remotely.

SQL Server 2016 Express with Advanced Services

Experience the full feature set of SQL Server Express with this package that contains the Database Engine, Reporting Services, and Full Text Search features.

SQL Server 2016 SP1 Express

Get the core Express database server that includes the Database Engine feature only. Use this if you need a lightweight download and install, need to accept remote connections or administer remotely, yet don’t need the Reporting Services or Full Text Search features.

Download SQL Server 2016 SP1 Express for free

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