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Microsoft SQL Server 2017 Express


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Requires a reboot due to dependencies.

This package was approved by moderator gep13 on 4/23/2018.

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To install Microsoft SQL Server 2017 Express, run the following command from the command line or from PowerShell:

C:\> choco install sql-server-express

To upgrade Microsoft SQL Server 2017 Express, run the following command from the command line or from PowerShell:

C:\> choco upgrade sql-server-express


  • tools\chocolateyinstall.ps1 Show
    $ErrorActionPreference = 'Stop';
    $packageName= 'sql-server-express'
    $url        = ''
    $url64      = ''
    $checksum   = '71321559eff923066799d7fc26b6c7aedd41eee1'
    $tempDir = Join-Path (Get-Item $env:TEMP).FullName "$packageName"
    if ($env:packageVersion -ne $null) {$tempDir = Join-Path $tempDir "$env:packageVersion"; }
    if (![System.IO.Directory]::Exists($tempDir)) { [System.IO.Directory]::CreateDirectory($tempDir) | Out-Null }
    $fileFullPath = "$tempDir\SQLEXPR.exe"
    Get-ChocolateyWebFile -PackageName $packageName -FileFullPath $fileFullPath -Url $url -Url64bit $url64 -Checksum $checksum -ChecksumType 'sha1'
    Write-Host "Extracting..."
    $extractPath = "$tempDir\SQLEXPR"
    Start-Process "$fileFullPath" "/Q /x:`"$extractPath`"" -Wait
    Write-Host "Installing..."
    $setupPath = "$extractPath\setup.exe"
    Install-ChocolateyInstallPackage "$packageName" "EXE" "$silentArgs" "$setupPath" -validExitCodes @(0, 3010, 1116)
    Write-Host "Removing extracted files..."
    Remove-Item -Recurse "$extractPath"
  • tools\chocolateyuninstall.ps1 Show
    $ErrorActionPreference = 'Stop';
    $packageName= 'sql-server-express'
    $silentArgs = ""
    $setupPath = (Get-ItemProperty 'HKLM:\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\Microsoft SQL Server SQLServer2016').UninstallString
    Uninstall-ChocolateyPackage "$packageName" "EXE" "$silentArgs" "$setupPath" -validExitCodes @(0, 3010)

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Package Maintainer(s)

Software Author(s)

  • Microsoft


2016 Microsoft


Release Notes

Version History

Version Downloads Last updated Status
Microsoft SQL Server 2016 Express with SP1 13.1.4001.0 30902 Monday, December 5, 2016 exempted
Microsoft SQL Server 2016 Express (Install) 13.0.1601.5 1940 Thursday, August 11, 2016 approved

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