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SQL Server Management Studio 18.1


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This package was approved as a trusted package on 6/14/2019.

SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS) is an integrated environment for accessing, configuring, managing, administering, and developing all components of SQL Server. SSMS combines a broad group of
graphical tools with a number of rich script editors to provide developers and administrators of all skill levels access to SQL Server.

The SSMS 18.x installation does not upgrade or replace SSMS versions 17.x or earlier. SSMS 18.x installs side by side with previous versions so both versions are available for use.

Version Number

This package is versioned using the published build number. The corresponding 'release number' is included in the package title.

Supported SQL Server versions

  • This version of SSMS works with all supported versions of SQL Server 2008 - SQL Server 2019 preview and provides the greatest level of support for working with the latest cloud features in Azure SQL Database and Azure SQL Data Warehouse.
  • Additionally, SSMS 18.x can be installed side by side with SSMS 17.x, SSMS 16.x, or SQL Server 2014 SSMS and earlier.
  • SQL Server Integration Services (SSIS) - SSMS version 17.x or later does not support connecting to the legacy SQL Server Integration Services service. To connect to an earlier version of the legacy Integration Services, use the version of SSMS aligned with the version of SQL Server. For example, use SSMS 16.x to connect to the legacy SQL Server 2016 Integration Services service. SSMS 17.x and SSMS 16.x can be installed side-by-side on the same computer. Since the release of SQL Server 2012, the SSIS Catalog database, SSISDB, is the recommended way to store, manage, run, and monitor Integration Services packages. For details, see SSIS Catalog.

Supported Operating systems

This release of SSMS supports the following 64-bit platforms when used with the latest available service pack:
- Windows 10 (64-bit) *
- Windows Server 2016 *
- Windows Server 2012 R2 (64-bit)
- Windows Server 2012 (64-bit)
- Windows Server 2008 R2 (64-bit)

* Requires version 1607 (10.0.14939) or later

To install SQL Server Management Studio 18.1, run the following command from the command line or from PowerShell:

C:\> choco install sql-server-management-studio

To upgrade SQL Server Management Studio 18.1, run the following command from the command line or from PowerShell:

C:\> choco upgrade sql-server-management-studio


  • tools\chocolateyinstall.ps1 Show
    $ErrorActionPreference = 'Stop';
    $packageName= 'SQL Server Management Studio'
    $toolsDir   = "$(Split-Path -parent $MyInvocation.MyCommand.Definition)"
    $fullUrl = ''
    $fullChecksum = 'B5C3669A7970074EB8292316406242D69B3D151C8BDD9A3D92A67B7A712A73E8'
    # Upgrading is commented out for 18.x until the first upgrade package is made available by Microsoft
    # $upgradeUrl = ''
    # $upgradeChecksum = 'A092B5F4270F19B83874E8ECDEC8EF309B8DBC55462E99EAFA309A75A1D04E09'
    $release = '18.1'
    # Check if 17.0 is installed so we can get upgrade package instead of full package
    # $version17 = [version]"14.0.17099.0"
    $ssms180 = $false # Get-ItemProperty HKLM:\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\* | Select-Object DisplayName, DisplayVersion | Where-Object { $_.DisplayName -eq "SQL Server Management Studio" -and ([Version]$_.DisplayVersion) -ge $version17 }
    $packageArgs = @{
      packageName   = $packageName
      unzipLocation = $toolsDir
      fileType      = 'EXE'
      url           = ''
      silentArgs    = "/quiet /install /norestart /log `"$env:TEMP\chocolatey\$($env:ChocolateyPackageName)\$($env:ChocolateyPackageVersion)\SSMS.MsiInstall.log`""
      validExitCodes= @(0, 3010, 1641)
      softwareName  = "SQL Server Management Studio - $release"
      checksum      = ''
      checksumType  = 'SHA256'
    if ($ssms180) {
        Write-Warning "Existing install found, using upgrade installer"
        $packageArgs.url = $upgradeUrl
        $packageArgs.checksum = $upgradeChecksum
    } else {
        $packageArgs.url = $fullUrl
        $packageargs.checksum = $fullChecksum
    Install-ChocolateyPackage @packageArgs

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Package Maintainer(s)

Software Author(s)

  • Microsoft


Microsoft 2019


Release Notes

If you have a preview versions of SSMS 18.0 installed, uninstall it and reboot before installing SSMS 18.0 GA.

Version History

Version Downloads Last updated Status
SQL Server Management Studio 18.0 15.0.18118.0 84378 Monday, April 29, 2019 approved
SQL Server Management Studio 17.9.1 14.0.17289.1 338033 Wednesday, November 28, 2018 approved
SQL Server Management Studio 17.9 14.0.17285.0 80906 Thursday, September 13, 2018 approved
SQL Server Management Studio 17.8.1 14.0.17277.0 54060 Tuesday, July 10, 2018 approved
SQL Server Management Studio 17.7 14.0.17254.0 47647 Friday, May 11, 2018 approved
SQL Server Management Studio 17.6 14.0.17230.0 11320 Friday, March 30, 2018 approved
SQL Server Management Studio 17.5 14.0.17224.0 27268 Friday, February 16, 2018 approved
SQL Server Management Studio 17.4 14.0.17213.0 30244 Friday, December 8, 2017 approved
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