Install SQL Server 2019 in Ubuntu 20.04 LTS

Learn how to Install SQL Server 2019 in Ubuntu 20.04 LTS. Lets just start straightaway. While it is a straightforward process in Microsoft Windows operating system, it is different in Ubuntu (or Debian based supported distributions).

If you are in a rush and/or are too pro to skip this, I have also provided a Shell script. The shell script can be found HERE! but I recommend reading this post to make sure nothing is skipped and the installation of Microsoft SQL Server 2019 goes smoothly.

codeonion:~$ lsb_release -a
No LSB modules are available.
Distributor ID:	Ubuntu
Description:	Ubuntu 20.04 LTS
Release:	20.04
Codename:	focal

Lets Begin Installation of Microsoft SQL Server 2019 in Ubuntu 20.04

Install software-properties-common

sudo apt install software-properties-common
sudo apt-get update

Import the public repository GPG keys:

wget -qO- | sudo apt-key add -

Register the Microsoft SQL Server Ubuntu repository for SQL Server 2017:

sudo add-apt-repository "$(wget -qO-"

Install Microsoft SQL Server 2019 in Ubuntu

sudo apt update
sudo apt install mssql-server

We are recommended to run a command

So lets run it
sudo /opt/mssql/bin/mssql-conf setup

Pick your Microsoft SQL Server 2019 Edition

When prompted, accept the license and then set up a PASSWORD

Confirm Microsoft SQL Server 2019 Active Status

systemctl status mssql-server.service 

Should show active running database server

Install Microsoft SQL TOOLS mssql-tools

Lets now install mssql-tools. But first!! Acquire the power of Sudo Su!

sudo su

This breaks all the walls and lets you do whatever the crap you want. So be careful :). Now do the following.

curl | sudo apt-key add -
curl > /etc/apt/sources.list.d/mssql-release.list
sudo apt update 
sudo ACCEPT_EULA=Y apt install mssql-tools unixodbc-dev

Configure PATH for MS SQL binaries

curl | sudo apt-key add -
curl > /etc/apt/sources.list.d/mssql-release.list
sudo apt update 
sudo ACCEPT_EULA=Y apt install mssql-tools unixodbc-dev

Now connect to your server using

sqlcmd -S -U sa -P <yourpassword>

Shell Script to Install Microsoft SQL Server 2019 in Ubuntu 20.04

Finally, I will be an ass if I didn’t make a shell script of this process so:


sudo su

Then run the following shell script (replace your password at the bottom of the script)

lsb_release -a
sudo apt install software-properties-common -y
sudo apt install curl -y
sudo apt-get update
wget -qO- | sudo apt-key add -
sudo add-apt-repository "$(wget -qO-"
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install -y mssql-server
sudo /opt/mssql/bin/mssql-conf setup
systemctl status mssql-server --no-pager
curl | sudo apt-key add -
curl | sudo tee /etc/apt/sources.list.d/msprod.list
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install mssql-tools unixodbc-dev -y
echo 'export PATH="$PATH:/opt/mssql-tools/bin"' >> ~/.bash_profile
echo 'export PATH="$PATH:/opt/mssql-tools/bin"' >> ~/.bashrc
source ~/.bashrc
sqlcmd -S -U sa -P <YOUR PASSWORD HERE>

Then test the following query

SELECT Name from sys.Databases;

And you will see:

That may be the end of it. Let me know if it helped. Please comment and share if it helped. Lets us know.


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  1. I am trying 20.04 Got almost to the end and then the errors showed up: root@ubuntu:/home/markwardell# sudo ACCEPT_EULA=Y apt install mssql-tools unixodbc-dev
    Reading package lists… Done
    Building dependency tree
    Reading state information… Done
    Some packages could not be installed. This may mean that you have
    requested an impossible situation or if you are using the unstable
    distribution that some required packages have not yet been created
    or been moved out of Incoming.
    The following information may help to resolve the situation:

    The following packages have unmet dependencies:
    mssql-tools : Depends: msodbcsql17 (>= but it is not going to be installed
    unixodbc-dev : Depends: unixodbc (= 2.3.7)
    Depends: odbcinst1debian2 (= 2.3.7) but it is not going to be installed
    E: Unable to correct problems, you have held broken packages.

    1. I’m experiencing the same problem here. From what I’ve done, I just installing the missing dependencies. For eg, in your case, your installation stated that it ‘Depends: msodbcsql17…’, so try to install it, by using this command: sudo apt-get install msodbcsql17 and hit enter.

      surely it may ask for the other dependency, and try to install that ones too.(normally this will be the other case as stated above, which is the ‘unixodbc’ dependency so it may be: sudo apt-get install unixodbc and also the odbcinst1debian2).

      Try again the mssql-tools installation and see what happens..

      You can try to see this complete reference at:

      Good Luck!

  2. Sir,
    I tried 2 full days to install “SQL SERVER 2019 EXPRESS” on my Ubuntu 20.04 machine, but was unsuccessful due to package/dependencies issues. None of the resources (Microsoft official docs, youtube videos, stacke overflow etc..) helped trouble shoot the problem.
    Finally got to know that Ubuntu 20.04 is not supported for the MSSQL server 2019 at this moment.
    So, I literally gave up on the direct installation of the SQL Server & started trying to install it through Docker – which is when I came across your article which worked like a charm.

    Thank you so much for posting this article Sir. It really meant a great help.

    Can I please know the details of the author if it ain’t confidential?


      1. Sir,
        Can you please guide me “How to install “SQL Server Management Studio” in Ubuntu 20.04??

        It would be really helpful if you could.

        Thanks in advance.

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