I have a MacBook with an M1 chip, so (about) the only option for me to run SQL Server is to run it as a Docker container. This works fine for standard SQL, but our application uses some CLR features like COMPRESS; when I try to use that, it tells me

Msg 50000, Level 16, State 1, Line 45 Common Language Runtime(CLR) is not enabled on this instance.

Enabling it does not work:

EXEC sp_configure 'clr enabled', 1;  


Msg 15392, Level 16, State 1, Procedure sp_configure, Line 166
The specified option 'clr enabled' is not supported by this edition of SQL Server and cannot be changed using sp_configure.

I found this Stack Overflow post but that is about someone using a custom .NET library; I'm looking for the 'standard' functionality available in SQL Server for Windows.


2 Answers 2


Yes, there is an easier path to this now, as of Ventura (I tested on 13.3) and Docker 4.16.

  1. Make sure you are on macOS Ventura - I only know that it works on 13.3 because I can’t test anything earlier now

  2. Make sure Docker is the "Apple Chip" version, 4.16 or later:

    Get the right chip

  3. Enable "Use Virtualization Framework" in Settings > General:

    Enable "Use Virtualization Framework"

  4. Enable "Use Rosetta for x86/amd64 Emulation…" under Settings > Features in Development:

    Enable "Use Rosetta for x86/amd64 Emulation…"

  5. Hit Apply & Restart

  6. Create a new container adding the important --platform=linux/amd64 argument; while it should work for any image in the hub, this command is for SQL Server 2022, and is the only one where I have validated that it works:

    docker run --platform=linux/amd64           \
      -e ACCEPT_EULA=1                          \
      -e MSSQL_SA_PASSWORD=sTr0ng3st_p@ssw0rd!  \
      -p 1433:1433 -d                           \     
  7. Proof that COMPRESS() works:

    Glorfindel pudding

  • In Docker Desktop 4.26, the feature seems to have been promoted out of beta; I could skip steps 3 and 4.
    – Glorfindel
    Commented Jan 11 at 15:47
  • @Glorfindel Not at a suitable machine at the moment but are these options located elsewhere (and both enabled by default)? Commented Jan 11 at 16:34
  • 'Use Virtualization framework' is still under General, activated, but I can't deactivate it. And now that I have a second look, 'Use Rosetta for x86/amd64 emulation on Apple Silicon' is there as well (activated by default). Here's a screenshot you could use: i.sstatic.net/AhBBA.png
    – Glorfindel
    Commented Jan 11 at 16:39

You are not alone running SQL Server container images on MacBook Pro M1: and in fact CLR is missing from Azure SQL Edge container images.

However a brave person was able to install SQL Server 2019 on Windows Server 2016 on a M1 Max MacBook Pro by using an emulator called UTM, which itself is an abstraction over QEMU.

The recommended x86_64 architecture is this:

Standard PC (Q35 + ICH9, 2009) (alias of pc-q35-6.1) (q35)

Use it as the basis of your virtual machine and configured it with two CPU cores, 8GB RAM, and a 127GB virtual hard drive.


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