Quickstart: Use Azure Data Studio to connect and query SQL Server

This quickstart shows how to use Azure Data Studio to connect to SQL Server, and then use Transact-SQL (T-SQL) statements to create the TutorialDB used in Azure Data Studio tutorials.


To complete this quickstart, you need Azure Data Studio, and access to SQL Server.

If you don't have access to a SQL Server, select your platform from the following links (make sure you remember your SQL Login and Password!):

Connect to a SQL Server

  1. Start Azure Data Studio.

  2. The first time you run Azure Data Studio the Welcome page should open. If you don't see the Welcome page, select Help > Welcome. Select New Connection to open the Connection pane:

    New Connection Icon

  3. This article uses SQL Login, but Windows Authentication is supported. Fill in the fields as follows:

    • Server Name: Enter server name here. For example, localhost.
    • Authentication Type: SQL Login
    • User name: User name for the SQL Server
    • Password: Password for the SQL Server
    • Database Name: <Default>
    • Server Group: <Default>

    New Connection Screen

Create a database

The following steps create a database named TutorialDB:

  1. Right-click on your server, localhost, and select New Query.

  2. Paste the following snippet into the query window: and then select Run.

    USE master
     SELECT name
     FROM sys.databases
     WHERE name = N'TutorialDB'
     CREATE DATABASE [TutorialDB];
    IF SERVERPROPERTY('ProductVersion') > '12'

    After the query completes, the new TutorialDB appears in the list of databases. If you don't see it, right-click the Databases node and select Refresh.

    Create database

Create a table

The query editor is still connected to the master database, but we want to create a table in the TutorialDB database.

  1. Change the connection context to TutorialDB:

    Change context

  2. Paste the following snippet into the query window and click Run:


    You can append this too, or overwrite the previous query in the editor. Note that clicking Run executes only the query that is selected. If nothing is selected, clicking Run executes all queries in the editor.

    -- Create a new table called 'Customers' in schema 'dbo'
    -- Drop the table if it already exists
    IF OBJECT_ID('dbo.Customers', 'U') IS NOT NULL
     DROP TABLE dbo.Customers;
    -- Create the table in the specified schema
    CREATE TABLE dbo.Customers
     CustomerId int NOT NULL PRIMARY KEY, -- primary key column
     Name nvarchar(50) NOT NULL,
     Location nvarchar(50) NOT NULL,
     Email nvarchar(50) NOT NULL

After the query completes, the new Customers table appears in the list of tables. You might need to right-click the TutorialDB > Tables node and select Refresh.

Insert rows

  • Paste the following snippet into the query window and click Run:

    -- Insert rows into table 'Customers'
    INSERT INTO dbo.Customers
     ([CustomerId], [Name], [Location], [Email])
     ( 1, N'Orlando', N'Australia', N''),
     ( 2, N'Keith', N'India', N'keith0@adventure-works.com'),
     ( 3, N'Donna', N'Germany', N'donna0@adventure-works.com'),
     ( 4, N'Janet', N'United States', N'janet1@adventure-works.com')

View the data returned by a query

  • Paste the following snippet into the query window and click Run:

    -- Select rows from table 'Customers'
    SELECT * FROM dbo.Customers;

    Select results

Next steps

Now that you've successfully connected to SQL Server and run a query try out the Code editor tutorial.