SQL SERVER – 2008 – Download Copy of Developer Edition for Free Is Myth

It is quite common myth that SQL Server 2008 Developer Edition is FREE.

SQL Server 2008 developer edition has same code base and same features which are available in SQL Server 2008 enterprise edition. Only difference between them is licensing terms. Developer Edition can not be used in production environment and it can be used on development server only.

I have received quite a lots of emails how this can be downloaded for free. First of this version is not free. It is available for $50 to download. However, those developer who are really looking for free edition of SQL Server 2008 should try SQL Server Express Edition.

SQL Server Express Edition is Freely available to download.

Please refer here for additional information regarding pricing of different SQL Server Editions.

Update: You can Download SQL SERVER 2016 Developer Edition for FREE

Reference : Pinal Dave (https://blog.sqlauthority.com)

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  • Hi,

    I have installed SQL Server 2008 express edition, but it seems that not functions are running over it. If I try for some SSIS thing or indexes. It does not allow me to.
    Can I upgrade this edition to Developer edition?


  • I have installed SQL Server 2008 express edition and it works well.

    However I need to use the SSIS services to import data from excel into my sql 8 database.
    SQL Server 2008 express edition does not provide this functionality.

    So I bought the SQL Server 2008 R2 Developer Edition from MS for $50.00.

    My Question is when I install the SQL Server 2008 R2 Developer Edition will I lose my information from the SQL Server 2008 express edition that I have been using?

  • Buy the SQL Server 2008 R” Developer Edition here :

    • HI Johan, I unable to see the correct link to buy this.

      Can you please guide me little clear.


  • Hi
    thank you.

  • i am unable to see sql server services.. it is showing no items in list to view.. how to add those services.. like shared memory. named..etc..

  • Everyone is telling the known urls.

    Any one can give the url to (pay) and download SQL Server 2005 and/or 2008 DEVELOPER edition.

    [Please don’t give trial and express edition urls. That I know]


  • Sheik Shabiulla
    January 20, 2012 11:19 am

    Hi.. This is Shabiulla.. I am facing this issue while installing SQL 2008 R2.. Plz provide me the solution.

    TITLE: SQL Server Setup failure.

    SQL Server Setup has encountered the following error:

    MsiGetProductInfo failed to retrieve ProductVersion for package with Product Code = ‘{72DE3C67-FB48-450E-8BEA-4EB1B3B5355D}’. Error code: 1605..

  • I am learning SQL by myself using the Joes2Pros series. I already covered book 1 and it was enough but they recommend the developer edition. I am not a student enrolled in a college or university, but I want the developer edition for my own learning. Is there a way that I can get the developer edition at a reduce price?

  • i like it

  • Can I get the sql server developer in the Enterprise agreement.It is for my customer. If so can I have the part number for it

  • jitendra gupta
    May 5, 2012 4:35 pm


    Can Anybody help me with this problem:

    when I am trying to install SQLServer 2008 developer edition on windows7 64 bit service pack1 I am getting the following error:

    TITLE: SQL Server Setup:

    SQL Server Setup has encountered the following error:

    Unable to generate a temporary class (result=1).
    error CS0583: Internal Compiler Error (0xc0000006 at address 000007FEE7F039C2): likely culprit is ‘IMPORT’.
    error CS0586: Internal Compiler Error: stage ‘IMPORT’
    error CS0587: Internal Compiler Error: stage ‘IMPORT’
    error CS0587: Internal Compiler Error: stage ‘PARSE’
    error CS0587: Internal Compiler Error: stage ‘BEGIN’

    Error code 0x84B10001.




  • Hi Pinal,
    I am pleasure to have your guidance.

    Currently, I am looking for buy a SQL server 2008 r2 developer edition. Can you please guide me the purchase site details little clearly. I have been trying for this whole day..

    Please help me on this..

    Thank you,

  • Hi, I have installed management studio, and SP1 of sql server 2008 r2, but not able to find integration services(BIDS) d all. Please help me

  • Thanks for sharing sir, im interested

  • Fred Karmally
    July 25, 2020 12:19 am

    I have SQLServer 2008 Developer edition R2, not express. I need to reinstall but the original CD has gone bad. Have the produxt key, is there a site I can download and activaye with my license key


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