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SQL Query Plan Tool

This page gives additional information about SQL query profiling tool provided by dbForge Studio for SQL Server.

SQL query profiler provides the following query optimization means:

  • Visual diagram of query execution plan with costly nodes highlighted
  • Plan tree showing its structure and basic cost parameters of operations
  • Most expensive operations list that can be sorted by various parameters
  • Full history of profiling session that can be saved to a file
  • Profiling results comparison

dbForge Studio for SQL Server delivers query profiler — a visual tool that includes the MS SSMS counterpart's functionality and offers additional features to make developers and DBA's work easier and more efficient.

Execution plan diagram

This feature helps to visualize the query execution plan and pinpoint the slow-executing nodes.

Each query in the batch that is analyzed is displayed with the cost of each query as a percentage of the total batch cost. Hover the mouse over a node to see its info.

Plan tree

Displays EXPLAIN results returned by the executed query.

Use the Estimated/Actual Plan tab to get information on how SQL Server executes a SELECT statement. It indicates positions where adding an index to a table, optimizing tables joining, etc., could increase SELECT performance.

Top operations list

Allows you to quickly view the most expensive operations and optimize SQL code accordingly.

Sort the list by CPU, I/O and other costs to get a demonstrable picture for your convenience. By default, sorted by the highest estimated cost.

Profiling results history and comparison

The key point in SQL queries optimization is seeing the differences in profiling results after you change your query.

Select profiling results for multiple query executions and get the differences highlighted in the grid. Compare general results of query execution as well as session statistics for each query execution.


Features Professional Edition Data Edition Standard Edition Express Edition
Query Profiler Yes No Yes No

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