When comparing HeidiSQL vs AQT, the Slant community recommends HeidiSQL for most people. In the question“What are the best SQL Clients for Windows?” HeidiSQL is ranked 2nd while AQT is ranked 25th. The most important reason people chose HeidiSQL is:
Licensed under GNU GPL.
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Licensed under GNU GPL.
Alongside the possibility of downloading the installer and sourcecode, a portable version of the software is available.
Pro Great UI and ease of use
HeidiSQL has a comprehensive and intuitive interface.
Pro Syntax completion
Pro Great user management
The user manager of HeidiSQL can easily set privileges on a per-database level or give access to only certain commands.
Pro Data synchronization
HeidiSQL can compare and synchronize your data and structure between local and remote databases.
Pro SSH tunnel
HeidiSQL allows connecting to your MySQL database via SSH tunnel.
Pro Connect to servers via command line
You can use command line parameters to automate connections.
Pro Works fine with Wine under Linux
Pro Intuitive visual data explorer
A visual data explorer to view your SQL result set and easily total, sort, format, and group it (grouping is done by dragging columns to the header and groups can easily be collapsed/expanded and show column subtotals). You can also freeze columns on the left to for easy viewing of wide result sets, copy any row or rows to excel or other tool including column headings and get totals by highlighting adjacent columns.
Pro Easy scripting language for repeatable processes
Pro Point-and-click data loader
A point-and-click data loader that generates your create table statement when creating a new table and includes the ability to add column expressions to alter/clean your source data during the load.
Pro Visual query builder
A robust visual query builder that has the ability to easily create SQL including complex sub-queries, supports with clauses and can save your table relationships for re-use.
Con Can be buggy
HeidiSQL is known to have some bugs that results in crashes.
Con Intellisense is not intelligent
No intellisense for columns unless table name is aliased.
Con UI design is very bad
Generic windows form
Con No session backup
You cannot recover your session after close or even worse crash.
Con Works under Linux only with Wine
It works quite well under Wine with Linux, but you must always take notice if the last version of HeidiSQL has been tested, for it may not run at all. There are some bugs in the Wine version that can be annoying and you have to kill the program and restart it. A native Linux version would be great.