Where can I find a legal copy of the ISO SQL 2008 standard?

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    You need to purchase it. I don't think you can get (the interesting parts) for free.
    – user1822
    Commented Feb 14, 2013 at 16:09
  • FYI, the current version is SQL:2023, officially known as ISO/IEC 9075:2023 "Information technology – Database languages – SQL". Sold by ISO: Part 1 for 194 Swiss francs (about 207 Euros or 223 USD), Part 2 for CHF 216, Part 3 for CHF 216, and so on through Part 16. Commented Feb 6 at 5:39

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The official and final texts the ISO SQL standard are not available freely. Available only by purchase.

The drafts, otoh, are often no more than a google search away. Google for SQL200n.zip and you should get pretty close.


Update: No longer listed on Publicly Available Standards. Must be purchased.

The ISO SQL 2008 Standard document ISO/IEC 9075-1:2008 Information technology -- Database languages -- SQL -- Part 1: Framework (SQL/Framework) is now freely available from the ISO website.

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    Unfortunately, it's only Part-1. The most valuable part is Part-2, where all DDL, DML and DCL statements are described. Commented Feb 14, 2013 at 15:44
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    @ypercube maybe they're still drafting Part-2? ¯(°_o)/¯
    – swasheck
    Commented Feb 14, 2013 at 16:05
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    It looks like it is not freely available anymore: iso.org/standard/63555.html.
    – A. Rodas
    Commented Sep 28, 2021 at 18:31

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