SQL Server 2016 Express edition

Entry-level, free database that is ideal for building small data-driven applications up to 10 GB of maximum disk size.

Things you can do

Build web and mobile applications for multiple data types

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 lightweight database into basic desktop applications

Embed lightweight database into basic desktop applications

SQL Server Express LocalDB is a lightweight deployment option for SQL Server Express with fewer prerequisites. This makes it ideal for developers who need an embedded SQL Server database for desktop applications or tools. LocalDB runs in-process with applications and not as a service.

Available SQL Server 2016 Express versions

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SQL Server 2016 Express LocalDB (MSI installer)

Do you need to embed SQL Server Express into an application? LocalDB is a lightweight version of Express that has all its programmability features yet runs in user mode and has 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. This package contains the Database Engine, Reporting Services, and Full Text Search features.

SQL Server 2016 Express

This is the core Express database server, and includes the Database Engine feature only. Use this if you need a lightweight download and install, need to accept remote connections or administer remotely, and do not need the Reporting Services or Full Text Search features.

Download SQL Server 2016 Express for free