Tutorial :Where can I find SQL server developer edition (2005 or 2008)


As far as I know, the developer edition of SQL Server is available to everyone. I cannot seem to locate the download anywhere though! I have a technet plus, but even there I don't see the developer edition. I need the developer edition for the enterprise-only features, or I'd use SQL Server Express.

Update 1. I am NOTlooking for SQL express.

Update 2. I have tried Google (extensively)


There is no special licencing (like Academic) to buy Developer edition. The only difference is that the EULA licence included states you cannot use the software for production environments (only for testing/development).

Want to buy it?

Microsoft Store ($49.95, same price as Amazon used to sell 2005 Developer for)

Edit: Just to clarify, Developer Edition is not a free product. Some of the MSDN subscriptions (which cost far more then $49.95) include it as a perk, but it is still a shrink wrapped retail product as far as Microsoft is concerned.


Try this: https://www.microsoft.com/sqlserver/2008/en/us/developer.aspx



You definitely get developer edition via microsoft's MSDNAA academic program.

Developer edition is essentially the enterprise edition with license restrictions.

Use enterprise edition then.

If you have no license for enterprise edition, you will anyway not be able to use in production whatever you come up with in developer edition.

If you don't care about licenses, you can probably download it from anywhere you find. But then google is a better place to ask than SO community.

EDIT: You cannot legally get either developer of enterprise edition for free. If your customer does not give you a license, and if you don't buy one yourself, you have no legal options to perform this job.


While this isn't really programming related, I'll answer anyway.

The developer edition is not, in fact, available to everyone. To the best of my knowledge, the only way to obtain it is via an MSDN subscription (not TechNet, I don't think; sorry!) that includes server software (so something above the "Operating Systems" subscription level).

I'll give you the benefit of the doubt and assume that your need for the enterprise only features is for a development environment and that the deployment environment has a valid license for the enterprise edition. If that's the case, then you'll have to obtain an MSDN subscription.

Out of curiousity, what "enterprise only" features are you planning on using? In my experience, a fairly small percentage of developers actually need anything above the functionality offered in the Standard edition.

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