How to Install and Use Microsoft SQL Server (MS SQL) on RHEL 7, CentOS 7 and Ubuntu 16.04 LTS

Install SQL Server on Ubuntu 16.04

First import the public repository GPG keys, then add Microsoft SQL Server Ubuntu repository and use the apt-get command to perform the installation.

Install SQL Server

$ curl | sudo apt-key add -
$ curl | sudo tee /etc/apt/sources.list.d/mssql-server.list
$ sudo apt-get update
$ sudo apt-get install -y mssql-server

After the package installation finishes, run the configuration script and follow the prompts to accept the license terms and setup password for SA account.

$ sudo /opt/mssql/bin/sqlservr-setup

Once the configuration is done, verify that the service is running.

$ systemctl status mssql-server

Install SQL Server tools Add the below repo to install SQL Server Command-line tools, which contains Microsoft ODBC drivers, and their dependencies.

  • sqlcmd: Command-line query utility.
  • bcp: Bulk import-export utility.
$ curl | sudo apt-key add -
$ curl | sudo tee /etc/apt/sources.list.d/msprod.list
$ sudo apt-get update 
$ sudo apt-get install mssql-tools

Connect to SQL Server on Linux

Follow the below steps to connect SQL Server on Linux with help of sqlcmd tool.

$ sqlcmd -S localhost -U SA -P 'YourPassword'

Details :

  • -S : SQL Server name
  • -U : User name
  • -P : Password

To connect remote instance, specify the machine name or IP address for the -S parameter.

$ sqlcmd -S Server IP -U SA -P 'YourPassword'

To display database lists (List of available/created databases).

SELECT Name from sys.Databases;

Create a database and use the database.

USE magi;

Create a table in the current database.

CREATE TABLE articles (id INT, name NVARCHAR(50), quantity INT);

Insert data into the new table.

INSERT INTO articles VALUES (100, 'prakash', 53);
INSERT INTO articles VALUES (101, 'ramya', 21);

Print the values from table.

SELECT * FROM articles WHERE name ramya;

To end your sqlcmd session, type



Magesh Maruthamuthu

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