Announcing SQL Server Data Tools (SSDT) for ARM64 Architecture in Visual Studio 17.10 Preview 2

Subhojit Basak

We are thrilled to announce the launch of SQL Server Data Tools (SSDT) for Visual Studio in ARM64. This enhancement comes with the exciting release version 17.10 Preview 2. Release of SSDT for Visual Studio on arm64 adds SQL development to the capabilities of Visual Studio on arm64. This latest development brings a host of features tailored to enhance your database development experience on ARM64 devices. 

SQL Server Project Creation

Key Features: 

  • SQL Projects (Open, Build, Publish): Dive into your SQL projects seamlessly with the ability to open an existing project, and build and publish projects directly from Visual Studio on ARM64. 
  • Schema Compare: Ensure data consistency and easily identify changes with the schema compare feature, allowing you to visualize and synchronize schema differences effortlessly. 
  • Data Compare: Facilitate swift and accurate comparison of data between databases. 
  • Query Editor: Craft and fine-tune your SQL queries directly in Visual Studio with the intuitive query editor optimized for ARM64 architecture. Use GitHub Copilot to assist you in your database development by translating natural language into T-SQL code. 
  • Table Designer: Design and modify tables using the table designer GUI, offering a user-friendly interface for creating and managing database tables. 
  • Database Properties Editor: Tailor your database settings using the database properties editor, allowing you to configure various aspects of your database. 
  • Object Refactoring: Streamline database development process with object refactoring capabilities, enabling you to efficiently reorganize and optimize your database schema. 

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Feature List 

Feature  SSDT in AMD64  SSDT in ARM64 
Opening a SQL Project  Tick Tick
Building a Project  Tick Tick
Publishing a Project  Tick Tick
Schema Compare  Tick Tick
Data Compare  Tick Tick
Query Editor  Tick Tick
Table Designer  Tick Tick
Database Properties Editor  Tick Tick
Object Refactoring  Tick Tick
SQL Server Object Explorer  Tick Tick
Development using localdb  Tick Cross
IntelliSense in Query Editor*  Tick Cross
Debugger  Tick Cross


Steps for Installing SSDT in VS for ARM64

  1. Download the Visual Studio Installer from Download Visual Studio Tools – Install Free for Windows, Mac, Linux (
  2. In the Available options, find 17.10.0 Preview 2. (Enterprise / Community / Professional)
  3. Click on the Installation button, which opens the Installation dialogue box for 17.10.0 Preview 2. Go to Individual Components and search for SQL.
  4. Select SQL Server Data Tools. It would automatically select all the SQL components.
  5. Select the other components / workloads as necessary and click on Install.
  6. Open Visual Studio and create SQL Server Database Project.


With the launch of SSDT for ARM64 architecture in Visual Studio 17.10 Preview 2, we aim to provide a robust environment for SQL Server database development. Explore the exciting features now available and stay tuned for upcoming releases. 


We have added the IntelliSense feature in the query editor in Visual Studio 17.10 Preview 3 (ARM64). 


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