What is a .SQL File And How To Open It – ISO/IEC (Easy Guide)

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Introduction

While downloading files, you might have downloaded a file with the .sql extension. Perhaps you know what the file is, but you simply don’t know how to open it. Fear not, in this article we will show you how to easily open the .sql file in few simple steps on various systems.

What is a .SQL file?

The .SQL file extension comes from Structured Query Language Data File. This file extension was developed by ISO/IEC. The format of this database related file is text.

What to know

There are currently 8 software that can open the .sql file on 3 platforms.

How to open a .SQL file?

Below we have written a comprehensive guide on how to open the .SQL file on various operating systems.

How to open a .SQL file on Windows (7, 8, 10)

Below you can see a visual guide on how to open the .sql file on Windows in 4 easy steps.

1. In the first step you need to download the gVim software. This software will be used for opening the file. Other software that can be used in opening this file is: MySQL, Richardson RazorSQL, Microsoft Notepad and gVim.

Step 2

Step 2: Locating your .SQL file

2. The second step is locating the downloaded file. The file can be usually found in your /download/ folder if you don’t remember where you have downloaded it to.

Step 3

Step 3: Choose “Open with”

3. In the third step right click on your file and choose “Open with”.

Step 4

Step 4: Choose the software and click ok

4. After choosing the “Open with” option, you will have an option to choose the gVim software you have downloaded. Choose your software and click on “OK”. Congratulations! You have opened your file on Windows.

How to open a .SQL file on Mac

We have written below an easy-to-understand guide on how to open the .sql file on Mac in 4 easy steps.

1. In the first step you need to download the Bare Bones BBEdit software. This software will be used for opening the file. You can also use MySQL, Richardson RazorSQL, MalcolmHardie Solutions SQLEditor, MacroMates TextMate, Bare Bones BBEdit and Apple TextEdit software.

Step 2

Step 2: Finding your .SQL file

2. In the second step you need to locate the downloaded file. If you don’t remember where you have downloaded your file to, you should check your /download/ folder as it usually gets automatically saved there.

Step 3

Step 3: Clicking “Open with”

3. In the third step right click on your file and choose “Open with”.

Step 4

Step 4: Choosing the software to open your file

4. In the fourth step, after clicking “Open with”, you should see the Bare Bones BBEdit software that you have downloaded. Choose your software and click on “OK”. That’s all, now you have opened your file on Mac.

How to open a .SQL file on Linux

To open the .sql file on Linux, please follow these 4 easy steps.

1. The first step is to download the Richardson RazorSQL software. This software will be used for opening the file. Other software that can be used in opening this file is: MySQL and Richardson RazorSQL.

Step 2

Step 2: Locate the .SQL file

2. In the second step you need to locate the downloaded file. The file can be usually found in your /download/ folder if you don’t remember where you have downloaded it to.

Step 3

Step 3: Hover over the “Open with” button

3. In the third step right click on your file and choose “Open with”.

Step 4

Step 4: Open the file choosing the software

4. After choosing the “Open with” option, you will have an option to choose the Richardson RazorSQL software you have downloaded. Click on the software and click “OK”. That’s all, now you have opened your file on Linux.

Still cannot open the .SQL file?

If you are still unable to open the .SQL file, it might be because you are trying to open the wrong one. The .SQL file extension is similar to other file extensions such as: .sqlite – SQLite, .sqlite3 – SQLite, .sqlitedb – SQLite, .sqlproj – Microsoft, .sqm – Microsoft. You might be trying to open the wrong file, please recheck if you are trying to open the right file extension again.

Conclusion

In this article you have learned how to open the .SQL file with the gVim, MySQL, Richardson RazorSQL, Microsoft Notepad programs on Windows, Bare Bones BBEdit, MySQL, Richardson RazorSQL, MalcolmHardie Solutions SQLEditor, MacroMates TextMate, Apple TextEdit programs on Mac and Richardson RazorSQL, MySQL software on Linux.