We are constantly improving our comparison products and this page shares our vision for SQL Compare with you. The roadmap below gives an overview of what we are currently focusing on and our ideas for the future. We review our plans regularly and make changes based on new information, so keep an eye on this page to stay up to date.

In development

Researching

Future candidates

To access new features in SQL Compare as soon as they're ready, turn on frequent updates – they're typically released once a week. Learn more.

If you’d like to discuss any of the above ideas with our development team, please get in touch – we’d love to hear from you.

What's new in SQL Compare 13

SQL Graph support SQL Server 2017 Feature

In SQL Compare 13 we have added support for SQL Graph. This new feature in SQL Server 2017 adds graph database capabilities for modeling many-to-many relationships.

This is used extensively by social media platforms such as Facebook and LinkedIn, and other businesses are now looking at how they too can explore them to reveal valuable information about the relationships between customers.

SQL Compare fully supports SQL Graph, and allows you to compare and deploy databases which include both graph and relational tables.

Improved temporal tables support SQL Server 2017 Feature

In SQL Compare has supported temporal tables for a while, but in SQL Compare 13 we have improved this support in line with the new feature introduced in SQL Server 2017.

The new functionality includes temporal table history retention policies. SQL Compare now supports customisation on history tables for temporal tables, such as customised indexes.

Azure Active Directory authentication

SQL Compare now supports Azure Active Directory authentication with integrated and password authentication methods. These options are available in the 'Authentication' dropdown in the 'Database' section of the 'Edit project' window. Note that this feature requires .NET 4.6 and adalsql.dll to be installed, click here for more details.

Saved login details

With SQL Compare 13 you now have the option to securely save your login details for databases and servers so they don't need to be re-entered each time.

SQL Monitor support

If you use SQL Monitor you can now connect SQL Compare so that deployments are automatically detected and displayed within your dashboard.

Please note: This feature will require a SQL Toolbelt license.

Improved Summary view of detailed differences

In SQL Compare 12 we added a brand new way to examine the differences between two objects in your database. In SQL Compare 13 we are continuing to develop this new feature to make your differences even easier to read.

We have added an alternative way of viewing the differences between objects in a database. The new summary view provides a more concise view of the differences between two objects by getting rid of the SQL and showing only the semantic differences between objects in a much more structured way.

SQL Compare Summary View

Improved ordering of columns in the SQL difference viewer

In addition to the new summary view, we have also made it easier to see why two tables are different when looking at the SQL difference viewer, so that it always displays the columns in an order that makes it clear exactly what the differences are.

SQL Compare column ordering view

Red/green highlighting in the SQL difference viewer

We have also made changes to the colors used to show differences between the left and right hand sides, so that differences in the source database are shown in green and differences in the target database are shown in red.

SQL Compare red green highlighting

By moving to this color scheme, commonly used in other diff viewer tools, we have increased visual contrast, making it easier to see at a glance where the differences between the source and target are. The change to the color scheme also makes it clearer that the changes to the source database, in green, will be added, or applied, to the target and those changes to the target database, in red, will be removed, or overwritten. This is in keeping with how most other diff viewer tools use red and green.


Frequent updates

To access new features in SQL Compare as soon as they're ready, turn on frequent updates – they're typically released once a week. Learn more


What's coming next?

Our roadmap contains details of what is coming next for SQL Compare. Check it out.