SQL Server Compact database

About SQL Server Compact (also known as SQL CE)

Microsoft SQL Server Compact or SQL CE is an embedded relational databases intended for use both on mobile devices and desktops. SQL Compact shares common programming interface with other SQL Server editions, making it easy to use for .NET developers familiar with standard SQL Server.

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

There are many limitations compared to a standard SQL Server instance, but that’s expected for a small embedded database engine. You can’t write stored procedures, for example – but one of the main purposes of stored procedures is to avoid frequent network round-trips to the server. With embedded databases, stored procedures have less appeal. Also, XML data type is not supports in SQL Compact.

SQL Server Compact holds its databases in a single file with .SDF extension. However, that extension is just a recommendation, so any extension can be used for the database file. SDF files can be compressed and encrypted. If database is created with password specified, it will be encrypted and will never allow access without correct password.

Some of the well-known competitors to SQL Server Compact are SQLite and Pervasive PSQL, which run on many more platforms compared to SQL CE.

SQL Server CE support in our products

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

SQL Server CE is also known as SQL Server CE, SQL Server Compact Edition, SQL Compact, SQL CE, SQLCE. (related files: sdf)

Supported versions

  • SQL Server CE 3.0
  • SQL Server CE 3.1
  • SQL Server CE 3.5
  • SQL Server CE 4.0

Export your SQL Server CE database

It may make sense to migrate your data away from SQL Server CE. 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 Server CE 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.

Purchase for $699

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

exporter SQL Server CE Exporter

Purchase for $399

Export your SQL Server CE database to any of our supported target databases.
Think of SQL Server CE Exporter as of Full Convert Lite - it can only use SQL Server CE for the source database.

Import data into your SQL Server CE database

Have a need to import data from various sources into your SQL Server CE 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 Server CE, use our tool to copy all desired tables directly - quickly and easily.

Purchase for $699

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

importer SQL Server CE Importer

Purchase for $399

Import all supported databases into your SQL Server CE database.
Think of SQL Server CE Importer as of Full Convert Lite - it can only use SQL Server CE for the target database.

Replicate your SQL Server CE 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 Server CE 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 Server CE 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.

Purchase for $799

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

replicator SQL Server CE Replicator

Purchase for $499

Replicate your SQL Server CE database to any of our supported target databases.
Think of SQL Server CE Replicator as of Replicator Lite - it can only use SQL Server CE for the source database.

Write SQL queries for your SQL Server CE 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.

query SQL Server CE Query

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Query your SQL Server CE database. Use stellar autocomplete engine to boost your workflow.

Document your SQL Server CE 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.

SQL Server CE Documenter

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SQL Server CE Documenter tool works with SQL Server CE databases only.