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Microsoft SQL Server Management Studio vs MySQL WorkBench: What are the differences?

Both tools are widely used for managing and developing SQL databases, but they have some distinct features that make them unique. Let's explore these differences in detail.

  1. Installation and Platform Support: SSMS is specifically designed for Microsoft SQL Server and is only available for Windows operating system. On the other hand, MySQL Workbench is a cross-platform tool that supports multiple database management systems including MySQL, MariaDB, and Oracle. It is available for Windows, macOS, and Linux.

  2. User Interface: SSMS has a traditional Microsoft Windows user interface with multiple windows for different types of functionality. It includes a tree view for exploring databases, objects, and queries, and a query editor for writing and executing SQL statements. MySQL Workbench, on the other hand, offers a modern and intuitive graphical user interface (GUI) that combines all the functionalities in a single window. It provides visual representation of databases, schema design tools, SQL editor, and query execution capabilities.

  3. Features and Functionality: SSMS provides a comprehensive set of features for managing and developing Microsoft SQL Server databases. It includes tools for creating and modifying database objects, writing and executing SQL queries, managing security, exporting and importing data, and performance tuning. MySQL Workbench also offers similar functionalities for MySQL databases, including schema design, SQL editing, query execution, backup and restore, and performance analysis. However, it may lack some advanced features that are specific to SQL Server.

  4. Integration with Other Tools and Services: SSMS is tightly integrated with other Microsoft tools and services, such as Visual Studio, Azure SQL Database, and Azure Data Studio. It provides seamless integration for developing and deploying SQL Server databases in a Microsoft ecosystem. On the other hand, MySQL Workbench offers integration with various MySQL tools and services, including MySQL Enterprise Edition, MySQL Router, and MySQL Shell. It provides a complete environment for managing MySQL-based applications.

  5. Migration and Compatibility: SSMS provides tools and features for migrating databases from other database management systems to Microsoft SQL Server. It offers compatibility views and functions to make it easier to migrate applications from Oracle, DB2, and other database platforms. MySQL Workbench, on the other hand, provides migration wizards and utilities for migrating databases to MySQL from other database systems, including Microsoft SQL Server, Oracle, and Microsoft Access.

  6. Community and Support: SSMS is backed by Microsoft, which has a large community of users and provides comprehensive documentation and support resources. It also offers regular updates and bug fixes to ensure the stability and performance of the tool. MySQL Workbench is supported by the MySQL community, which is known for its active and vibrant user base. It provides extensive documentation, forums, and resources for troubleshooting and support.

In summary, Microsoft SQL Server Management Studio and MySQL Workbench differ in terms of installation and platform support, user interface, features and functionality, integration with other tools and services, migration and compatibility capabilities, and community support. These differences make each tool suitable for specific environments and requirements.

Advice on Microsoft SQL Server Management Studio and MySQL WorkBench

I am looking to build an azure database that connects to my power bi application. Initially, I attempted to create an Azure SQL database, then realized I needed to have SQL Server Management Service in order to manage and connect between Azure SQL <=> Power BI, but since I am on a Mac, I had to use the complex installation as a workaround.

If MySQL Workbench can solve this (as the product is available on Mac), I am more than happy to proceed with this approach if it can achieve the same goal of connecting an azure database with my Power BI application

What I am trying to achieve is fairly simple: have an online cloud database that connects to my Power BI application

I am open to any other solutions as well

Thank you

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Replies (5)
Oded Arbel
MySQL WorkBenchMySQL WorkBench

As others have noted, MySQL Workbench cannot be used instead of Microsoft SQL Manager to manage Azure SQL (MS-SQL Server, I hate that Microsoft uses generic category names for their products).

If you're considering switching to MySQL (Possibly using Azure MySQL managed database), then please not that unlike MS-SQL Server, you do not need the MySQL Workbench to connect your application to MysQL: just use the correct driver for your stack, and you're all set (if your stack is using the .Net platform, use MySQL Connector/NET from: ).

If you do want to use a graphical interface to maintain your MySQL database, then MySQL Workbench is a great choice, but you are not limited to it - as others have mentioned, there is a plethora of competing graphical database management tools that would work just as well with MySQL - one of the advantages of choosing MySQL for your stack is the huge eco-system that is built around it.

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Lawrence Fernandes
Data Engineer at B2W Digital · | 1 upvotes · 198.8K views

Hello Could you give us a better idea of what Data Base Management System (DBMS) you are using at Azure? MySQL Workbench and Microsoft SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS) are tools developed to exclusively manage MySQL and SQL Server, respectively. If you need to manage multiple DBMS's from a single tool, I sugget you try DBeaver. There are also another alternatives: HeidiSQL, phpMyAdmin, etc. Regarding the DBMS itself, I suggest you stick with SQL Server. In my opinion it's more stable and has more features than MySQL - especially in the Standard and Enterprise editions. Regards, Lawrence

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Povilas Brilius
PHP Web Developer at GroundIn Software · | 1 upvotes · 199.2K views

As far as I know, MySQL Workbench doesn't handle Microsoft connections, including Azure, you should try Microsoft solutions such as MS VS Code.

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Erica Rowe
Tech Lead at eComEngine LLC · | 1 upvotes · 198.8K views

Microsoft provides an application known as Azure Data Studio that runs on Windows, Mac and Linux machines. It provides the ability to manage an Azure SQL database, as well as connecting to standard SQL Server databases.

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Julien DeFrance
Principal Software Engineer at Tophatter · | 1 upvotes · 198.6K views

Hi Aashwiin, Looking at your stack (, it seems you are using Azure SQL Databases. I'll infer this is Microsoft SQL Server. Therefore, it certainly makes sense you stick with some of the official Microsoft Tooling to connect to it, query and administer it. You'd only be looking at MySQL Query Workbench, if you were running and connecting to a MySQL Database. - That said, could Azure MySQL ( be an option for you a this point? MySQL offers great performance. I have been running it at various companies (under AWS/RDS and AWS/Aurora) and have no reason to switch over to anything else. - Decision making-wise, how much do your want your local sql/mysql client to influence/weigh in your architecture/technology decisions, though? This can be a slippery slope. - Alternatively, other clients exist, such as "Table Plus" and allow you to connect, on Mac, to a variety of database servers, including SQL Server. It might be worth giving it a try.

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Decisions about Microsoft SQL Server Management Studio and MySQL WorkBench
Adam Taylor

We were looking a tool that would allow us to do MySQL and PostgreSQL development/administration from a single tool. We decided on Navicat Premium because it can connect to MySQL, MariaDB, MongoDB, SQL Server, Oracle, PostgreSQL, and SQLite databases - and simultaneously. It's also compatible with Amazon RDS and Microsoft Azure, which we also use.

Moreover, we previously experienced the occasional freezing and crashing in MySQL Workbench. It also suffered from a poor design, with certain features being a bit difficult to find. Meanwhile, phpMyAdmin lacked schema visualization tools and seemed better suited to lightweight day to day transactions than some of the big jobs that we needed to do.

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    What is Microsoft SQL Server Management Studio?

    It is an integrated environment for managing any SQL infrastructure, from SQL Server to Azure SQL Database. It provides tools to configure, monitor, and administer instances of SQL Server and databases. Use it to deploy, monitor, and upgrade the data-tier components used by your applications, as well as build queries and scripts.

    What is MySQL WorkBench?

    It enables a DBA, developer, or data architect to visually design, model, generate, and manage databases. It includes everything a data modeler needs for creating complex ER models, forward and reverse engineering, and also delivers key features for performing difficult change management and documentation tasks that normally require much time and effort.

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    What are some alternatives to Microsoft SQL Server Management Studio and MySQL WorkBench?
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