Will ARM CPU architecture be supported for SQL Server ?

Jakub Janiš 71 Reputation points


I would like to kindly ask if there are any plans for the SQL Server (current or the coming 2022 version) to support the ARM CPU architecture. You know, I think quite many Mac users might be using the SQL Server 2017/2019 docker images for development but as people now switch to the new ARM-based laptops, the existing docker images for the fully-fledged SQL Server just won't work there.
Thank you for any response to this.

Please see also the link to github discussion thread on this topic:

With regards,
Jakub J.

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  1. Seeya Xi-MSFT 12,821 Reputation points Microsoft Employee

    Hi @Jakub Janiš ,

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    Will ARM CPU architecture be supported for SQL Server ?

    Processor Type
    x64 Processor: AMD Opteron, AMD Athlon 64, Intel Xeon with Intel EM64T support, Intel Pentium IV with EM64T support
    You should pay more attention to: Installation of SQL Server is supported on x64 processors only. It is no longer supported on x86 processors.

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  2. Paul Holmes 6 Reputation points

    You install and run ARM64 SQL Server on an M1 Mac using Docker. It’s the SQL Server engine minus a few of the lesser used parts such as memory based tables.

    I have it running, and it’s FAST. As well as using Azure Data Studio on the Mac, I can also connect to it from SSMS on a PC on the same network.

    Here’s how to install. It took me about 10 minutes to install and have it running.


  3. Olaf Helper 25,906 Reputation points