SQL File Documentation

The file containing the SQL extension contains code used to modify the content of the database , retrieve information, and insert data into tables.

The SQL file format can also store instructions necessary to create or modify the database structure, update it, delete it, or perform other operations.

SQL format files can be opened using programs such as gVim, Microsoft Visual Studio or MySQL.

SQL is a query language that enables communication between a specific application and a user. It is primarily used to create and modify databases. IBM is responsible for developing the SQL language.


Feature Value
File Extension .sql
MIME Type application/sql
File Type Text
Primary Use Database instructions and operations
Development Language Structured Query Language (SQL)
Commonly Associated Programs MySQL, PostgreSQL, SQLite, Oracle, MS SQL Server
Primary Data Types DDL (Data Definition Language) and DML (Data Manipulation Language) Statements
Character Encoding UTF-8 (commonly), can vary based on database and configuration
Compression Type None (plain text)
Structure Sequential commands for data operations and manipulation
Security Features Can be encrypted, requires proper access control and authentication
Typical Size Variable; depends on the number and complexity of SQL commands