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Ok so what SQL Server DBA doesn’t need sample databases for various project testing and demonstrations? Microsoft SQL Server installs have stopped installing sample databases since SQL Server 2005. However, Microsoft and a few others have developed several different free sample databases for SQL Server.

Here’s a list of various free sample databases you can use with SQL Server. I have also listed some helpful articles related to the free sample databases.

Microsoft SQL Server Sample databases

City of Chicago Parking Ticket Data Sample Database – SQL Server format by Bob Pusateri

Thinking Big (Adventure) Sample Database from Adam Mechanic – 7 Sample Databases – 5 Sample Databases that are corrupt (SQL Server version dependent)

Chinook Sample Database available for SQL Server, Oracle, MySQL, etc – Chris Woodruff

Stack Exchange Data Dump Sample Database

You get a free sample database! Everyone gets a free sample database! Right?