ApexSQL Diff

SQL Server schema compare

Compare and synchronize SQL Server database schemas

?Compare live DBs, backups, script folders and SC projects

?Deploy a database directly from source control

?Community, Standard, and Professional editions

?Integrate with all popular SC systems e.g. Git, SVN

?Automate and schedule database synchronizations

?Initiate database compares directly from SSMS

?Report results to HTML, XML and Excel

?Create executable installation packages


Compare SQL database backups

Compare SQL databases against backups without restoring

SSMS integration

Compare SQL database schemas directly from SQL Server Management Studio


Export SQL database comparison results to HTML

Accurate dependencies

Recognize all object interdependencies, even those that even SQL Server itself fails to identify, to ensure perfect sync scripts every time

Schema snapshots

Build a continuous audit trail of all SQL schema changes through schema snapshots. Create snapshots nightly with scheduled jobs

Pre-impact analysis

Review the impact of the synchronization script before it is executed, including warning levels and messages

Database builds

Deploy scripts saved in a file or under source control to a new or existing SQL database

Repeatable sessions

Save your settings to a project for re-execution of the same session

Custom script support

Augment the deployment script with your own pre or post synchronization scripts

Native IDE

Use a built-in SQL editor to review and edit SQL scripts prior to execution

Difference viewer

Quickly identify line level differences between compared SQL databases

Schema mapping

Compare SQL objects with different users

Transparent decryption

Compare encrypted SQL objects

Object filters

Selectively limit what will be compared and synchronized with advanced, visual filtering

Source control integration

Including Git, Mercurial, Perforce, Subversion, and Team Foundation Server

System requirements

Hardware requirements Dual Core 2.0 GHz CPU

 3 GB memory

 94 MB disk space 

SQL Server Microsoft SQL Server 2016, 2014, 2012, 2008, and 2005

 Azure SQL Database, SQL Server on Amazon RDS 

Add-in integration SQL Server Management Studio 2016, 2014, or 2012

OS Windows Vista/Server 2008 and above

Required  Microsoft .NET Framework 4.5 

Note Native support for the x64 architecture

Native support for Git, Mercurial, Perforce, Subversion, and Team Foundation Server


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SQL Server editions

      Express ? ? ? ? ?

      Standard  ? ? ? ?

      Enterprise  ? ? ? ?


      Azure SQL Database ? ? ? ? ?

      SQL Server on Amazon RDS ? ? ? ? ?


      Proprietary schema snapshot ? ? ? ? ?

      Native or natively compressed database backup   ?  ?

      Script folder   ?  ?

      Source control project and label   ?  ?

       3rd party backup     ?


      SQL script ? ? ? ? ?

      Direct execution against database (synchronization) ? ? ? ? ?

      Proprietary schema snapshot ? ? ? ? ?

      Database installer package (e.g. Executable installer, C# solution)   ?  

      Source control project or label (synchronization)


      SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS) ? ? ? ? ?

Reports and exports

      Excel export ? ? ? ? ?

      HTML reports ? ? ? ? ?

      XML export ? ? ? ? ?

General features

      Character level object differences ? ? ? ? ?

      Impact analysis e.g. warnings and messages ? ? ? ? ?

      Projects ? ? ? ? ?

      Schema mapping ? ? ? ? ?

      Visual filtering of schema objects ? ? ? ? ?

      Filterable difference codes ? ? ?  

      Pre and post synchronization scripts   ?  

Supported source control systems


      Team Foundation Server  





      Command line interface   ?  ?

      Source control label support   ?  ?

      Built in SQL script editor ? ? ?  

      Save project as batch file   ?  

Use cases

      Automate schema snapshot archiving for change auditing ? ? ? ? ?

      Deploy object changes directly from source control label   ?  ?

      Restore selected objects from a database backup without restoring   ?  ?

      Perform a remote update via a Database installer package



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