I've heard (I am pretty sure) that Developer Edition is free of charge and for downloading it registration is not required. But when I started looking for it today I could not find where to get it from. Is my understanding wrong or right? Sorry I didn't find a similar question here. Any ideas?


Developer Edition is free

As of March 31, 2016 Microsoft SQL Server Developer Edition is now free for SQL Server 2014 and up for Visual Studio Dev essential members (which is free as well).

For all editions, see How to buy SQL Server.

If you want to explore SQL Server, you can download SQL Server Evaluation Edition for 180 days, and then purchase it.


It is now free as of 31 March 2016:

Microsoft SQL Server Developer Edition is now free (SQL Server Team Blog)

You can upgrade your current SQL Express edition to Developer:

  1. Download the appropriate edition (x86 or x64)
  2. Mount the .iso and run the installer package
  3. Select "Maintenance"
  4. Select "Edition Upgrade"
  5. Follow the prompts and select the Express instance that you wish to upgrade.

To enable SQL Agent:

sp_configure 'show advanced options', 1

sp_configure 'agent xps', 1



Direct link to SQL 2014 Developer Edition download

[Direct link to SQL 2014 Developer Edition download][1]

The first answer was to 2016

  • This should be the recommended answer. The question asks for the link to download Developer Edition 2012 / 2014 and this answer links to the 2014 version. – Ubercoder Nov 6 '19 at 15:37

Try that link Direct link to SQL 2016 Developer Edition download

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