Best RazorSQL Alternative Overview

We would like to compare the features of two tools for work with SQL databases: RazorSQL and dbForge Studio for SQL Server. Upon reading this, you will see that the feature-rich Studio is a superior choice to RazorSQL making your work with database-related tasks easy and efficient. Let's bring it on!

RazorSQL is a cross-platform database administration solution which works on Windows, macOS, Linux, and Solaris. Its built-in visual tools allow creating, modifying, inserting, and deleting SQL queries, as well as browsing database objects. In addition, RazorSQL helps you import/export data in multiple formats and compare data across databases.

dbForge Studio is a versatile IDE available for Microsoft, macOS, and Linux. The tool has a vast range of features and capabilities that make it a supreme alternative to RazorSQL:

  • Ensure code quality with automatic SQL syntax checker and code completion tools
  • Version-control SQL Server databases and static data in Azure DevOps Server, Apache Subversion (SVN), TFVC, Git (including GitHub, GitLab, and Bitbucket), Mercurial (Hg), Perforce (P4), and SourceGear Vault
  • Compare and analyze schemas and data with the powerful Compare Bundle tools
  • Generate random test data with 200+ generators in a single tool
  • Document SQL databases in HTML, PDF, and Markdown formats
  • Monitor and tune SQL Server performance visually with Query Profiler
  • Take database development to a higher level with database Continuous Integration and Continuous Delivery

RazorSQL vs dbForge Studio for SQL Server:
feature-by-feature comparison

The following table provides a detailed comparison of dbForge Studio for SQL Server 6.3.9 and RazorSQL 10.1.1.

SQL Editing & Execution

dbForge Studio
RazorSQL
Automatic SQL syntax check
Yes
Yes
Code outlining
Yes
No
Code snippets
Yes
No
Customizable SQL formatting and code beautifier
Yes
Yes
Wide range of SQL formatting options and profiles
Yes
No
Execute current statement
Yes
No
SQL editor with syntax coloring
Yes
No
Incremental search
No
Yes
Quick access to favorite templates from the SQL editor
Yes
No
Bookmarks
Yes
Yes
Text search
Yes
Yes
Document Outline window for quick navigation through large scripts
Yes
Yes
Execution of scripts, selected SQL fragments, and statements
Yes
Yes
T-SQL Code Analyzer
Yes
No
One-step access to the database object editor from the code (go to definition)
Yes
No
SQL Query History window
Yes
Yes
Execution warnings
Yes
Yes
GUI transaction support
Yes
No
Command-line interface for script execution
Yes
Yes
Command-line interface for code formatting
Yes
No

Code Completion

dbForge Studio
RazorSQL
Context-sensitive code completion
Yes
Yes
Keyword suggestion
Yes
No
One-click access to schema object definitions
Yes
No
Renaming database objects in a script on the fly
Yes
No
Auto-generation of table aliases
Yes
No
Quick information about database objects
Yes
No
SQL refactoring with automatic correction of references to renamed objects
Yes
No

T-SQL Debugger

dbForge Studio
RazorSQL
Debugger framework for embedded stored routines
Yes
No
Step Into, Step Over, and Step Out commands for step-by-step execution
Yes
No
Set breakpoints for procedures, functions, triggers, and scripts
Yes
No
Breakpoints window
Yes
No
Call Stack window with navigation
Yes
No
Watches window for variable evaluation
Yes
No

Visual Query Builder

dbForge Studio
RazorSQL
Support for the SELECT, INSERT, UPDATE, and DELETE statements
Yes
Yes
Common table expression
Yes
Yes
State-of-the-art diagram
Yes
No
Zoom in and out
Yes
No
Keyboard support
Yes
Yes
Diagram preview
Yes
No
Diagram printing
Yes
No
Visual addition of sub-queries to any part of the main query
Yes
No
Query outline (displayed in the Document Outline window)
Yes
No
Visual editing of sub-queries
Yes
No
Expression builder for creating complex conditions
Yes
Yes
Drag and drop required tables
Yes
No
Copy/Paste for tables on the diagram
Yes
No
Undo/Redo support
Yes
No

Database Designer

dbForge Studio
RazorSQL
Visual Database Designer
Yes
No
Visualization of tables, stored procedures, views, and functions
Yes
No
Easy access to database objects for viewing their properties
Yes
No
Support for IDEF1X and IE notations
Yes
No
Customizable diagram look and feel with skin support
Yes
No
Smart ER Diagram layout
Yes
No
Diagram export to different image formats
Yes
No
Arrangement of diagram shapes using containers
Yes
No
Customizable diagram printing with a rich set of options
Yes
No
Optional display of table constraints, indexes, and triggers
Yes
No
Integration with the Document Outline window
Yes
No
Diagram navigation with the Diagram Overview window
Yes
No
Notes for adding comments to a diagram
Yes
No
Export to image only
Yes
No
Zoom in and out
Yes
No
Save/Load a diagram
Yes
No
Forward engineering of physical database designs
Yes
No

Data Editor

dbForge Studio
RazorSQL
Data copying with column headers for quick pasting to a spreadsheet
Yes
No
Custom data filters of any complexity
Yes
Yes
Data Viewer window for browsing images, RTF, and binary cell values
Yes
Yes
Date/Time editor with a visual interface
Yes
No
Foreign key lookup editor for easy editing of fields referencing other tables
Yes
No
Free copying of any block of data to the clipboard
Yes
Yes
Full-text search (Ctrl+F) in the data grid
Yes
Yes
Single-row value view
Yes
Yes
Graphical card view
Yes
No
Grouping by arbitrary columns
Yes
No
Incremental search (Ctrl+I) through the data grid
Yes
No
Large objects (LOB) editor
Yes
Yes
Multi-table query result set editing
Yes
No
Paginal data browsing for large result sets
Yes
Yes
Data printing
Yes
Yes
Quick filter available for each data cell
Yes
No
Record numbering option
Yes
Yes
Read-only state indication
Yes
Yes
Report and pivot building directly from the data editor
Yes
No
Server-side sorting and filtering for large data sets
Yes
No
Visible columns dialog
Yes
No
Editing of multiple execution results of one script on separate tabs
Yes
No
Autocommit mode
Yes
Yes
Export of the selected data to CSV, HTML, and XML
Yes
Yes
Export of the selected data to JSON
Yes
Yes
Export of the selected data to SQL
Yes
Yes
Export of the selected data to a file
Yes
Yes

Database Explorer

dbForge Studio
RazorSQL
Multiple database connections
Yes
Yes
Filter objects in the objects folder
Yes
Yes
Browse and navigate through objects
Yes
No
Detailed object properties and data browsing in the Object Viewer window
Yes
No
Dependency tree browsing for each object
Yes
None
Quick template script generation for the selected objects: SELECT, INSERT, etc.
Yes
Yes
The 'Send To' command for quick sending of tables to Query Builder, Data Report, and other tools
Yes
No
Object Filter
Yes
Yes
Duplicate objects (tables, views)
Yes
Yes
Duplicate structure/structure and data
Yes
No
Duplicate objects (procedures, functions)
Yes
No

Table Designer

dbForge Studio
RazorSQL
Flat table editor
Yes
Yes
Convenient editor for foreign keys
Yes
No
Partitioning support
Yes
No
Preview of schema changes before updating a database
Yes
Yes
Heuristics that helps define data types of new columns
Yes
No

Object Editor

dbForge Studio
RazorSQL
Visual editor for database objects
Yes
Yes
Undo option for the Object Editor
Yes
Yes

Schema & Data Comparison

dbForge Studio
RazorSQL
Comparison and synchronization of data in databases of almost any size
Yes
Yes
Comparison of assemblies, procedures, functions, triggers, user types, sequences, synonyms, rules, defaults, and plan guides
Yes
No
Comparison of external resources: tables, data sources, and file formats
Yes
No
Service broker comparison (service, route, remote service binding, queue, message type, event notification, contract, and broker priorities)
Yes
No
Storage comparison (full-text catalogs, partition schemes, partition functions, full-text stoplist, and search property list)
Yes
No
Comparison of tables and views
Yes
No
Custom comparison keys
Yes
No
Comparison results filtering
Yes
No
Data synchronization script generation
Yes
Yes
Viewing of data differences per record
Yes
No
Exclusion of tables and records from synchronization
Yes
No
Saving and loading of comparison settings
Yes
No
Command-line interface for data comparison and synchronization
Yes
Yes
Generation of accurate comparison reports in HTML and Excel
Yes
No
Generation of comments
Yes
No
Specific options for tables, script objects, triggers, indexes, and constraints
Yes
No
Include\Exclude objects by mask in Data Compare
Yes
No
Include\Exclude objects by mask in Schema Compare
Yes
No
Schema comparison with script folders
Yes
No
Scheduled data synchronization
Yes
No
Save as Command Line
Yes
Yes
Comparison of tabs
Yes
No

Data Export

dbForge Studio
RazorSQL
CSV
Yes
No
XML
Yes
Yes
Text
Yes
Yes
XML
Yes
Yes
XLS
Yes
Yes
XLSX
Yes
Yes
PDF
Yes
No
DBF
Yes
No
HTML
Yes
Yes
RTF
Yes
No
JSON
Yes
Yes
Google Sheets
Yes
No
MDB (Microsoft Access)
Yes
No
ODBC
Yes
No
SQL
Yes
Yes
Data export from the command-line interface
Yes
Yes

Data Import

dbForge Studio
RazorSQL
CSV
Yes
Yes
Text
Yes
No
XML
Yes
No
JSON
Yes
No
XLS
Yes
No
XLSX
Yes
Yes
Google Sheets
Yes
No
DBF
Yes
No
MDB (Microsoft Access)
Yes
No
ODBC
Yes
No
Data import from the command-line interface
Yes
Yes

Schema Export & Import

dbForge Studio
RazorSQL
Copy database
Yes
No
Database snapshots
Yes
No
Native backup
Yes
Yes
Native restore
Yes
No
Scheduled backup
Yes
No
Database scripts folders
Yes
No
Generation of database scripts
Yes
Yes

Source Control

dbForge Studio
RazorSQL
Integration with Azure DevOps (Git, TFVC)
Yes
No
Integration with Git (GitHub, GitLab, BitBucket)
Yes
No
Integration with SVN
Yes
No
Working folder with SQL scripts
Yes
No
Shared and dedicated database development models
Yes
No
Commit, Get Latest, Undo Changes
Yes
No
Resolve conflicts: Get Local and Get Remote
Yes
No
Preview changes and differences before committing
Yes
No
Version-control static data
Yes
No
View the history of changes (who, when and why made each change)
Yes
No

Administration

dbForge Studio
RazorSQL
Server Event Profiler
Yes
No
Server Monitor
Yes
No
Index fragmentation management
Yes
No

User & Session Management

dbForge Studio
RazorSQL
Visual editors for users, logins, and roles
Yes
No
Visual editors for schemas
Yes
No
Visual editors for object level permissions
Yes
No

Data Analysis

dbForge Studio
RazorSQL
Display of table data representing parent-child dependencies (Master-Detail Browser)
Yes
No
Data report generation wizard
Yes
No
Data report designer
Yes
No
Pivot table designer
Yes
No
Chart availability
Yes
None
Chart building wizard
Yes
No
Data search on a live database
Yes
Yes
Automated report generation and distribution from the command line
Yes
None

Test Data Generation

dbForge Studio
RazorSQL
Support for all SQL Server column data types
Yes
No
Multiple generators with data customization
Yes
No
SQL data integrity support
Yes
No
Multiple ways to populate data
Yes
No
Meaningful generators
Yes
None
User-defined generators
Yes
No
Real-time preview of generated data
Yes
No
CLI wizard
Yes
No

Database Documenter

dbForge Studio
RazorSQL
Broad picture of database structure
Yes
No
Rich customization features
Yes
No
HTML format
Yes
No
PDF format
Yes
No
Markdown format
Yes
No
Text format
Yes
No
Documentation customization with style templates
Yes
No
View inter-object and inter-database dependencies
Yes
No
Command-line interface
Yes
No

Performance Tuning

dbForge Studio
RazorSQL
Visual SQL explain plan
Yes
No
Query plan displayed in the tree view for easy review
Yes
Yes
Profiling history that can be saved for further analysis
Yes
No
Comparison of profiling results with the highlighting of differences
Yes
No
Printing of profiling results
Yes
No
Top performance reports
Yes
No
Query Profiler with comparison results
Yes
No

Search

dbForge Studio
RazorSQL
Search for database objects
Yes
Yes
Search for table data
Yes
Yes
Preview of found pieces
Yes
Yes
Navigate to the object in Database Explorer
Yes
No

Unit Testing

dbForge Studio
RazorSQL
Unit testing based on the tSQLt framework
Yes
No
Command-line interface
Yes
No

DevOps Automation

dbForge Studio
RazorSQL
PowerShell cmdlet collection
Yes
No
Jenkins plugin for SQL Server
Yes
No
TeamCity plugin for SQL Server
Yes
No
Azure DevOps plugin for SQL Server
Yes
No
Bamboo plugin for SQL Server
Yes
No

User Interface

dbForge Studio
RazorSQL
Start Page with quick access to main features
Yes
No
Rich user settings
Yes
Yes
UI skins
Yes
Yes
Customizable window layout
Yes
Yes
Tool windows with the auto-hide mode
Yes
No
Tool windows with the float mode
Yes
No
Multiple shortcut schemes with full shortcut customization
Yes
Yes
Syntax highlighting customization
Yes
Yes
Tabbed groups for documents
Yes
No
Toolbar customization
Yes
Yes
Wizard for sharing common code standards and templates
Yes
No
GUI font
Yes
No

Database Connectivity

dbForge Studio
RazorSQL
Connection coloring
Yes
No
Connection categories
Yes
No
Read-only connection
Yes
No
Multiple sessions for one connection
Yes
Yes
Export/Import of connections
Yes
No
SQL Server 2000 or later
Yes
Yes
Microsoft Azure SQL
Yes
Yes

Your ultimate IDE for SQL Server databases

dbForge Studio for SQL Server is a versatile IDE that has proved to be an exceptional assistant for SQL developers, administrators, and data analysts alike. Moreover, the Express Edition is an excellent free alternative to RazorSQL, suitable for beginners, non-profit organizations, and generally for anyone who needs a basic toolset at hand.

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