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Tools for Security and Compliance ApexSQL Security and Compliance Toolkit for SQL Server
Tools for DBAs and Operations Engineers ApexSQL Operations Toolkit for SQL Server
Tools for SQL Server Professionals ApexSQL Fundamentals Toolkit for SQL Server
Tools for Developers and DevOps Engineers ApexSQL DevOps Toolkit for SQL Server
Tools for MySQL Professionals ApexSQL Fundamentals Toolkit for MySQL Server
Spotlight Cloud hosted SQL Server monitoring and diagnostics
LiteSpeed High-speed SQL Server backup, compression and restore
SQL data compare for live DBs, backups and SC projects
Perform row level recovery without restoring
Create custom pre and post processing scripts
Compare huge databases quickly and without errors
Automate and schedule data migrations
Initiate database comparison directly from SSMS and VS
Export results to HTML, CSV and Excel
Create executable installation packages
Integrate with all popular SC systems e.g. Git, SVN
Deploy data changes directly from a source control label


Row level recovery from backups

Compare SQL database backups without restoring. Granularly restore data down to the row level. Learn more

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SSMS and Visual Studio integration

Compare SQL data directly from the Object Explorer and Server Explorer right-click context menus in SSMS and Visual Studio

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Key-independent comparison

Use a custom comparison key to compare data in tables without a primary key or UNIQUE constraints. Learn more

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Object mapping

Compare data in different SQL objects with different names and schemas using object mapping. Learn more

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Schema mapping

Compare SQL objects with different users. Learn more

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SQL data compare filters

Selectively limit what will be compared and synchronized with data level filtering. Learn more

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Custom script support

Augment the deployment script with your own pre or post synchronization scripts

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Extensive configuration options

Customize comparison and synchronization options

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Export SQL data comparison results to several different types of HTML reports. Learn more

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Data level reports

Create HTML reports showing all data differences between two compared tables. Learn more

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Excel report

Export the comparison results to Excel

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Object filter editor

Build complex filters to compare and synchronize specific objects

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Repeatable sessions

Save your settings to a project for re-execution of the same session

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Native IDE

Use the built in SQL editor to review and edit scripts prior to execution

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Source control integration

Including Git, Mercurial, Perforce, Subversion, and Team Foundation Server

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Script folder

Compare data from local script folders against a database or source control project

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Visual themes

Customize the visual appearance with interface themes. Learn more

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ApexSQL Data Diff 2018 – Screen shot tour

This article represents a screen shot tour of ApexSQL Data Diff features with a brief description

Advantages of ApexSQL Data Diff vs. Visual Studio®

This article describes features which are available in ApexSQL Data Diff and which don’t exist in Visual Studio®

Automatically compare and synchronize SQL Server data

This article describes how to use ApexSQL Data Diff to set all synchronization options, map tables and columns with different names, create your own keys for comparison in the GUI and schedule it to run unattended

Synchronize SQL Server databases in different remote sources

This article describes how to synchronize SQL Server databases on remote locations with a SQL Server database in the datacenter using ApexSQL Data Diff

SQL Server bulk copy and bulk import and export techniques

This article explains how to copy large amounts of data from one table or set of tables to other databases

How to compare SQL Server database tables with different names

This article describes how to use the Object mapping feature to compare SQL Server database tables with different names

ApexSQL Data Diff Command Line Interface (CLI) switches

This article explains the ApexSQL Data Diff CLI switches, and their usage through the examples

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ApexSQL Redgate®
Professional Standard Pro
SQL Server version
      SQL Server 2005
      SQL Server 2008 - 2019
SQL Server editions
      Azure SQL Database
      Amazon RDS for SQL Server
      SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
      Visual Studio
      Native or natively compressed database backup
      Script folder
      Source control project (latest version)
      SQL Server database
      3rd party backup
      Source control project (changeset)
      Source control label
      Direct execution against database (synchronization)
      Script folder (synchronization)
      Source control project (latest version synchronization)
      SQL script
      Source control project (changeset synchronization)
      Database installer package (e.g. Executable installer, C# solution)
      Source control label (synchronization)
Reports and exports
      CSV export
      Excel export
      HTML export
      Custom comparison keys for tables without PK or Unique constraints
      Data compare filters
      Impact analysis e.g. warnings and messages
      Object mapping
      Schema mapping
Pre-sync actions
      Backup destination database
      Backup Azure SQL managed destination database
      Create snapshot
      Create rollback script
      Create script folder backup
      Pre and post synchronization scripts
Source control system support
      Subversion Native Native
      Team Foundation Server Native Native
      Git Native CLI
      Mercurial Native CLI
      Perforce Native CLI
      Azure Active Directory authentication
      SQL Server on Linux
      Securely saved logins
      SQL graph support
      Temporal tables support
      Create a new database
      Highlight columns headers with differences
      Integrated SQL script editor
      Pre-comparison quick-check for data differences
      Save project as automation script
Use cases
      Compare and synchronize SQL Server data
      Compare data in SQL Server indexed views
      Compare data from SSMS
      Compare database with source control project
      Compare database with SQL database backups without restoring
      Narrow a data comparison to affected rows only
      Row level recovery from a database backup
      Perform a remote update via an executable installation package
      Command line interface
      GUI themes
      High DPI and 4K resolution support
      Host aware theme adoption
      Microsoft standard iconography, colors and other visual effects

ApexSQL Data Diff 2019.01

Redgate® SQL Data Compare

Comparison was conducted on January 24, 2020

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We have fully integrated ApexSQL Diff and ApexSQL Data Diff into our design, integration/ performance testing, and production release SDLC. The ApexSQL tools have tremendously increased our confidence level on the integration of these systems and the veracity of our product release cycles. ApexSQL Data Diff allowed us to proof test the automation of a ETL process against the long standing manual process that was in use in production, and when that system goes into full production, will save our company hundreds of thousands of dollars over the next few years, and millions in the years to come

William E. Saxon, Jr.

T Consultant - Application Development

Nationwide Better Health

We are a startup HIS company that provides a hosted solution for hospital Clinical Diagnostic Information. The requirements are such that we needed a comprehensive Structure and Data Diff/Update tool for our sometimes complex updates. ApexSQL Diff and ApexSQL Data Diff have been nothing short of miraculous in performing diffs and providing upgrade scripts. Even a difficult update with table, column and key name changes showed a lot of intelligent programming went into these tools. Highly recommended

Martin Bradburn

Principle DBA

ChartWise Medical Systems

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David M. Carpenter

Senior Application Developer

CareMedic Systems Inc.

ApexSQL Data Diff is a lovely tool assisting me in ensuring that development servers always have the latest essential test data from production databases.

Robert Blomstrand

Senior Database and .Net Developer Consultant

Exabyte Development

ApexSQL Data Diff is a wonderful tool, we used it few years, and helped us successfully transferring database changes to clients.

Michael Tian

Senior SQL Server Database Administrator

ELM, a Wolters Kluwer business

When maintaining and updating our customers’ databases we find ApexSQL Data Diff to be reliable and always deliver an excellent and flawless result.

Henrik Jirner

System architect

Q enter AB

I must say that ApexSQL Data Diff CLI is extremely helpful. Keep up the great work.

Willie Myburgh

Senior Database Administrator

Verifaction Software

I want you and your team to know that the SQL Data Diff tool is awesome. That tool saved my $$ last year when I had to identify missing data in a Production database. It would have taken me hours to write the same T-SQL to make the same comparisons. Your tool allowed me to quickly install, and then point at two sources to see what was missing. I was able to quickly identify the data discrepancies, and then get the data back in. I really appreciate this more than you might realize :-)

Paul Wimmer, MSc.

Owner/Software Architect

Lambda Sigma Tech LLC

Civil Air Patrol had a need for an easy to use, quality tool to solve a Microsoft SQL data/schema synchronization issue. ApexSQL by far was the tool for us. It allowed us to quickly complete the project and allowed us to incorporate automation to allow us to keep that data in sync. This is an awesome tool with excellent customer service to support it. Thanks ApexSQL for helping us out!

Steve Groner

Riverside Senior SQ 5

Civil Air Patrol, Pacific Region

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