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mssql-cli, an open source and cross-platform CLI for SQL Server

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This week's episode of Data Exposed welcomes Abhi Abhishek to the show! Abhi is a Software Engineer in the SQL Server engineering group focusing on SQL Tools. Today he is in the studio to talk about mssql-cli, a new open source and cross-platform command line tool for SQL Server, Azure SQL Database, and Azure SQL Data Warehouse.

In this session, Abhi talks about the history of mssql-cli by forking pgcli, along with mssql-cli features including:

  • Syntax Highlighting
  • Intellisense
  • Output formatting w/ horizontal paging
  • Multi-line mode
  • Join suggestions
  • Special Commands
  • History management

To learn more or install mssql-cli, visit our Github at

For any feature requests or issues, please report on our Github Issues page

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    Did you loose C++ programming skills so SQL Server users should now use isql written on Python and install all dependencies on every workplace?

  • User profile image

    Oh, this is fun... I got surprisingly tickled when the intellisense worked on my own databases - as if I don't see that in SSMS every day :^D

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