SQL Express LocalDB

About SQL Express LocalDB

LocalDB is a lightweight version of the SQL Server Express Database Engine created specifically for developers. It starts on demand and runs in user mode, so there is no complex configuration. By default, LocalDB database creates “*.mdf” files in the C:/Users/ directory.

We support LocalDB directly in our products! You don't need separate drivers and can immediately connect to your database.

Developers for whom LocalDB is enough don't need to install and manage full instance of SQL Server Express. It offers T-SQL like standard SQL Server does and is a good embedded database. It doesn't create Windows services at all, LocalDB processes are started and stopped as needed.

SQL Express LocalDB can be considered as a next logical step from SQL Server Compact (SQLCE) when you need a truly powerful embedded database.

SQL Express LocalDB support in our products

All our products support SQL Express LocalDB database natively. No drivers are needed, you will be able to work with SQL Express LocalDB as soon as you run our applications.

(related files: MDF)

Supported versions

  • SQL Express LocalDB 2012
  • SQL Express LocalDB 2014
  • SQL Express LocalDB 2016

Export your SQL Express LocalDB database

It may make sense to migrate your data away from SQL Express LocalDB. You may want to do it permanently or just need to share your tables with a collague in a different format.

We will copy all your tables with their data and apply indexing and relationships exactly as they are in your current SQL Express LocalDB database. In a nutshell, you get exactly the same database in another database engine. Each time you run the migration, we will copy all the tables again. Of course, we have a built-in scheduler, so you can run this overnight and have a fresh database copy in the morning.

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Import data into your SQL Express LocalDB database

Have a need to import data from various sources into your SQL Express LocalDB database? Luckily we support many popular database formats to make this easy for you. Instead of messing with exporting from source, then working your way to somehow import data into SQL Express LocalDB, use our tool to copy all desired tables directly - quickly and easily.

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Our top of the line database converter.
Converts all source database to all target databases with all the options and optimizations.

Replicate your SQL Express LocalDB database

If you have already created your target database (by yourself or using our Full Convert, Exporter or Importer products), you can synchronize data in your target database with your original SQL Express LocalDB database. We never pollute your databases with additional tables or triggers for replications. We never even write to your source database.

Replication allows you to update your target database very often, as we always write just a minimum of changes needed to bring databases in sync. For example, if you added three records to a single table in your SQL Express LocalDB database, our replication product will write those three records to target database and nothing else. If you deleted some records, changed some others and inserted some, again – our product will pick that up and replay those changes in the target databases without touching existing data that should stay there. Our products are highly optimized for real-world workloads, so data that's inserted into different areas of table are combined and written using high-speed algorithms, as available in a specific target database.

You can run database replication often, as your target database is never empty while replication runs. You will simply see that your changes are applied on each run.

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Our top of the line database replication software. It efficiently replicates any supported source database to any supported target databases.

Write SQL queries for your SQL Express LocalDB database

When you want a stellar SQL writing experience, our Query allows you to easily and quickly write your queries. It will autocomplete as you type and allow you to instantly view your data.

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Our top of the line database query software. Easily connect to any of our many supported databases and explore it.

Document your SQL Express LocalDB database schema

Database diagrams only get you so far. You may want to keep HTML mini-website for your database documentation so all your developers can be in the loop and quickly locate needed information. You may need it for a client report, or to distribute your database schema as a CHM file to people who need it.

Our products even allow you to upload the documentation to your FTP server, so your website copy is always current.

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Our top of the line database documentation tool. It will document any database we currently support.