Microsoft SQL Server Express is a powerful and reliable free data management system that delivers a rich and reliable data store for lightweight Web Sites and desktop applications. The Express edition is free and ideal for learning, developing, powering desktop, web & small server applications.
The SQL Server 2017 is the latest version of SQL Server which can be run on Windows and Linux. Even you run SQL Server 2017 on Mac using containers. You can download the Microsoft SQL Server 2017 Express download by following the link: SQL Server 2017 Express Download
The SQL Server 2014 Express release includes the full version of SQL Server 2014 Management Studio. Microsoft SQL Server 2014 Express download link: SQL Server 2014 Express Download
SQL Server 2014 downloads
Before downloading SQL Server 2014 Express version, let's understand the various files and its importance.
LocalDB is a lightweight version of Express that has all its programmable features, yet runs in user mode and has a fast, zero-configuration installation and short list of pre-requisites. Use this if you need a simple way to create and work with databases from code. It can be bundled with Application and Database Development tools like Visual Studio and or embedded with an application that needs local databases. You will see two files one for the 32-bit system (ENU\x86\SqlLocalDB.msi) and other for the 64-bit system (ENU\x64\SqlLocalDB.msi).
This package includes the SQL Server database engine only. Best suited to accept remote connections or administer remotely. You will see two files one for 32-bit system (SQLEXPR_x86_ENU.exe) and other for 64-bit system (SQLEXPR_x64_ENU.ex
Express with Tools (SQLEXPRWT)
This package contains everything needed to install and configure SQL Server as a database server including the full version of SQL Server 2014 Management Studio. Choose either LocalDB or Express depending on your needs above. You will see two files one for a 32-bit system (SQLEXPRWT_x86_ENU.exe) and other for a 64-bit system (SQLEXPRWT_x64_ENU.exe
SQL Server Management Studio Express (SQLManagementStudio)
This does not contain the database, but only the tools to manage SQL Server instances, including LocalDB, SQL Express, SQL Azure, a full version of SQL Server 2014 Management Studio, etc. If you already have the database and only need the management tools, download this one. You will see two files one for a 32-bit system (SQLManagementStudio_x86_ENU.exe) and other for a 64-bit system (SQLManagementStudio_x64_ENU.
Express with Advanced Services (SQLEXPRADV)
This package contains all the components of SQL Server Express including the full version of SQL Server 2014 Management Studio. This is a larger download than “with Tools,” as it also includes both Full-Text Search and Reporting Services. You will see two files one for the 32-bit system (SQLEXPRADV_x86_ENU.exe) and other for the 64-bit system (SQLEXPRADV_x64_ENU.ex
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