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Compare data in live DBs, backups and SC projects
Perform row level recovery without restoring
Community, Standard, and Professional editions
Compare huge databases quickly and without errors
Automate and schedule data migrations
Initiate database compares directly from SSMS
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 integration

Compare SQL database data directly from SQL Server Management 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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Data 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

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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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ApexSQL Redgate ®
Community Standard Professional Standard Pro
SQL Server editions
      Azure SQL Database
      SQL Server on Amazon RDS
      Native or natively compressed database backup
      Script folder
      Source control project and label
      3rd party backup
      Direct execution against database (synchronization)
      Source control project or label (synchronization)
      SQL script
      Database installer package (e.g. Executable installer, C# solution)
      SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)
Reports and exports
      CSV export
      Excel export
      HTML report
General features
      Create rollback script prior to synchronization
      Custom comparison keys for tables without PK or Unique constraints
      Data compare filters
      Impact analysis e.g. warnings and messages
      Object mapping
      Schema mapping
      Source control integration
      Create script folder backup prior to synchronization
      Pre and post synchronization scripts
Supported source control systems
      Subversion Native Native
      Team Foundation Server Native Native
      Git Native CLI
      Mercurial Native CLI
      Perforce Native CLI
      Command line interface
      Source control label support
      Integrated SQL script editor
      Save project as batch file
Use cases
      Compare database with source control project
      Compare with SQL database backups without restoring
      Row level recovery from a database backup
      Perform a remote update via an executable installation package
Free $399 $599 $495 $745

ApexSQL Data Diff 2016.05

Redgate® SQL Data Compare 12.3

Comparison was conducted on July 4, 2017

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Source control integration

Compare and synchronize databases directly against data in source control projects and labels

New GUI themes

Three new GUI themes: White, Colorful and Dark

Support for Script folder data sources

Compare and synchronize databases directly against scripts in a folder

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The roadmap does not show maint only releases

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Performance and quality
Improved database/backup comparison performance
Improved synchronization script execution performance
Significantly improved generation synchronization script performance
Schema mapping feature
Support for Source control systems as data sources:
Team Foundation Server
Support for Script folder data source
Create rollback script for destination database before synchronization
Create script folder backup for destination script folder or source control before synchronization
Packaging output format
Improved HTML reports
Execution results
Export CLI help as HTML
17 new return error codes
Return error codes switch
Package options switches
Warnings handling switch
Ignore new objects switch
Silent switch
Improved output messages:
Comparison summary
Warnings output
Synchronization summary
Changes output
Schema mapping switch
Logging level switch
Sound playing switch upon finished operation
No differences detected return code
Return error code on equal results switch
Comparison summary output switch
Synchronization warnings output switch
Synchronization summary output switch
Create rollback script for destination dababase before synchronization switch
Destination rollback script file name switch
Create script folder backup for destination script folder or source control before synchronization switch
Destination script folder backup path switch
Source and destination script folder path switch
Actions output switch
Execution results output switch
SQL Server 2016 support
Azure SQL Database V12
Save project as batch file
SQL Server Management Studio 2016 integration
SQL Server on Amazon RDS support
SQL Server 2017 support
SQL Server Management Studio 17 integration
GUI themes
High DPI and 4K resolution support
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T Consultant - Application Development

Nationwide Better Health

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Principle DBA

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Senior Application Developer

CareMedic Systems Inc.

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Senior Database and .Net Developer Consultant

Exabyte Development

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Senior SQL Server Database Administrator

ELM, a Wolters Kluwer business

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System architect

Q enter AB

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Verifaction Software

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Paul Wimmer, MSc.

Owner/Software Architect

Lambda Sigma Tech LLC

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