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MS SQL Server on Mac with Docker

Follow this guide to install MS SQL Server on a Mac machine. You pull SQL Server 2019 container image from Docker and connect to the database with sqlcmd utility.

MS SQL Server and sqlcmd utility is preinstalled in this container.

Prerequisite

Pull and run the 2019 container image

  1. Pull the SQL Server 2019 Linux container image from Microsoft Container Registry.
sudo docker pull mcr.microsoft.com/mssql/server:2019-latest
  1. Next, run the container image
sudo docker run -e "ACCEPT_EULA=Y" -e "SA_PASSWORD=<[email protected]>" \
-p 1433:1433 --name mssql -h mssql \
-d mcr.microsoft.com/mssql/server:2019-latest
  1. To view your Docker containers, use the docker ps command.
docker ps

MS SQL Container

Your SQL Server container is successful if you see the status of 'Up' in the STATUS column.

Connect to SQL Server

  1. Start a bash shell inside the container
sudo docker exec -it mssql "bash"

Start a bash shell

The command takes you to the container prompt as shown in the screenshot above.

  1. Next, connect locally with the database using the sqlcmd utility
/opt/mssql-tools/bin/sqlcmd -S localhost -U SA -P "<[email protected]>"

Connect with SQL If successful, you should get to a sqlcmd command prompt: 1>.

You can enter the T-SQL statements on this prompt.

To exit the sqlcmd utility, type quit.

Manage Container

Type exit to leave the container and return to Mac prompt.

To remove your docker container and image, follow the steps in sequence:

  • First stop the container - docker stop mssql
  • Remove the stopped container
    • To see all the stopped containers: docker ps -a
    • Now stop the container with its name: docker rm mssql
  • Remove the image
    • Get a list of images: docker images. Identify and copy the mssql value from the <IMAGE ID> column.
    • docker rmi <Image_Id>.
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