SQL SERVER – Install Samples Database AdventureWorks for SQL Server

SQL SERVER - Install Samples Database AdventureWorks for SQL Server 10-800x450 AdventureWorks is a Sample Database shipped with SQL Server and it can be downloaded from GitHub site. AdventureWorks has replaced Northwind and Pubs from the sample database in SQL Server 2005. The Microsoft team keeps updating the sample database as they release new versions.

Update: Please refer this blog post for the updated instructions Download and Install Adventure Works 2014 Sample Databases.

You can download either of the data files and create a database using the same. Here is the script which demonstrates how to create sample database in SQL Server 2012.

Watch a quick video on the same subject.

Every new version of SQL Server should have its own Adventure Works database. The reason is that SQL Server comes up with new features with every version and most of the new features need a new dataset sample to demonstrate the capabilities of the features. This is the why every version of SQL Server has its own AdventureWorks database. SQL Server 2014 has many new features and to support that Microsoft has released new AdventureWorks 2014 Sample Database.

Please note that in SQL Server 2016 the same sample database is replaced by WideWorldImporters. You can read about that over here: Download and Install Sample Database WideWorldImporters

This database is a replacement of old sample database called AdventureWorks (Engine version) and AdventureWorksDW (Data Warehouse version).

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

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  • its worked for me by doing this…, you just need to copy the downloaded data file to the data path (C:\Program Files\Microsoft SQL Server\MSSQL11.MSSQLSERVER\MSSQL\DATA) and run the Management Studio as Administrator. then right click on databases and click attach then click add button and click the copied file in c folder that is .mdf file and remove the log file below in that window and then click ok. it will newly created the log file thats it enjoy dudes..

  • It’s very straightforward to find out any matter on net as compared to textbooks, as I found this piece of writing at this site.

  • Msg 5133, Level 16, State 1, Line 1
    Directory lookup for the file “C:Program FilesMicrosoft SQL ServerMSSQL11.MSSQLSERVERMSSQLDATA
    AdventureWorks2012_Data.mdf” failed with the operating system error 123(The filename, directory name, or volume label syntax is incorrect.).

    i rightclick on mdf and full control is checked ,but still receiving same error ? any suggestion

  • I had to copy downloaded file in directory where system databases are and then it worked (while in “downloads” dir it reported “… operating system error 5(Access is denied.)”

  • After difficulty trying to download the file from another site, I found this site and your instructions and file worked like a charm. Many thanks!

  • Hello Sir

    Am getting the below error while trying to create the database.

    File activation failure. The physical file name “C:\Program Files\Microsoft SQL Server\MSSQL11.MSSQLSERVER\MSSQL\DATA\AdventureWorks2012_Log.ldf” may be incorrect.
    The log cannot be rebuilt when the primary file is read-only.
    Msg 1813, Level 16, State 2, Line 1
    Could not open new database ‘AdventureWorks2012’. CREATE DATABASE is aborted.

  • Barry van Wyk
    August 12, 2017 12:15 am


    This link “AdventureWorks2012 Data File” at the top is not working.

    Mr B

  • Thanks you Sir


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