I installed SSMS 19 Preview 4 and it doesn't have a Debug Menu or Debugging option. I also learnt that SSMS V17 was the last version with that capability. Then I decided to try Azure Data Studio, but still not able to see debug option. Can someone direct me how I can debug an SP using Azure Data Studio IDE?

  • FWIW, theoretically it's possible to use the Visual Studio debugger nowadays, but requires a little setup. Here is the feature being voted on to be added back into SSMS. Feel free to cast your vote and maybe Microsoft will listen one day.
    – J.D.
    Jan 20, 2023 at 13:37
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    @J.D. Definitely would give this a try, and yeah let's hope Microsoft would listen :-)
    – TmzGOAT
    Jan 21, 2023 at 11:25

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This feature is not available. There are other ways to do, but they aren't very user friendly.


Short summary:

Developers are used to their tools having built-in ways to show what line of code is running now, output the current content of variables, echo back progress messages, etc. For a while, SQL Server Management Studio also had a debugger, but it was taken out of SSMS v18 and newer versions. Even when it was around, though, I wasn’t a big fan: SQL Server would literally stop processing while it stepped through your query. This was disastrous if your query was holding out locks that stopped other peoples’ queries from moving forward – and you just know people were using it in production.

  • Option 1: Use PRINT statements.
  • Option 2: Use RAISERROR
  • Option 3: Use Table Variables.

However in all cases you have to edit your code.

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    I appreciate the insight! I was hoping Azure Data Studio would be much feature rich and able to do many things including debugging; However, I will totally follow your method going forward cause you picked up valid points! Cheers :-)
    – TmzGOAT
    Jan 19, 2023 at 16:26

I suggest you to download SSMS 17.9.1 since this version has a debug option right next to the run button. You can donwload it from the link bellow.


  • Can't use SSMS v17.x on higher version of SQL server
    – hoggar
    Dec 3, 2023 at 11:50

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