Toad (software)

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Original author(s)Jim McDaniel
Developer(s)Quest Software
Written inVarious (depending on the database used)
TypeDatabase management tools

Toad is a database management toolset from Quest Software for managing relational and non-relational databases using SQL aimed at database developers, database administrators, and data analysts. The Toad toolset runs against Oracle, SQL Server, IBM DB2 (LUW & z/OS), SAP and MySQL. A Toad product for data preparation supports many data platforms.


A practicing Oracle DBA, Jim McDaniel, designed Toad for his own use in the mid-1990s.[1] He called it Tool for Oracle Application Developers, shortened to "TOAD". McDaniel initially distributed the tool as shareware and later online as freeware.

Quest Software acquired TOAD in October 1998.[2] Quest Software itself was acquired by Dell in 2012 to form Dell Software.[3][4] In June 2016, Dell announced the sale of their software division, including the Quest business, to Francisco Partners and Elliott Management Corporation.[5] On October 31, 2016, the sale was finalized. On November 1, 2016, the sale of Dell Software to Francisco Partners and Elliott Management was completed, and the company re-launched as Quest Software.[6]


  • Connection Manager - Allow users to connect natively to the vendor’s database whether on-premise or DBaaS.
  • Browser - Allow users to browse all the different database/schema objects and their properties effective management.
  • Editor - A way to create and maintain scripts and database code with debugging and integration with source control.
  • Unit Testing (Oracle) - Ensures code is functionally tested before it is released into production.
  • Static code review (Oracle) - Ensures code meets required quality level using a rules-based system.
  • SQL Optimization - Provides developers with a way to tune and optimize SQL statements and database code without relying on a DBA. Advanced optimization enables DBAs to tune SQL effectively in production.
  • Scalability testing and database workload replay - Ensures that database code and SQL will scale properly before it gets released into production.


  • Toad Pocket Reference for Oracle plsql 1st Edition by Jim McDaniel and Patrick McGrath, O'Reilly, 2002 (ISBN 0596003374, ISBN 978-0-596-00337-1)
  • Toad Pocket Reference for Oracle 2nd Edition by Jeff Smith, Bert Scalzo, and Patrick McGrath, O'Reilly, 2005 (ISBN 0596009712, ISBN 978-0-596-00971-7)
  • TOAD Handbook by Bert Scalzo and Dan Hotka, Sams, 2003 (ISBN 0672324865, ISBN 978-0-672-32486-4)
  • TOAD Handbook 2nd Edition by Bert Scalzo and Dan Hotka, Addison-Wesley Professional, 2009 (ISBN 0321649109, ISBN 978-0-321-64910-2).

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  1. ^ Scalzo, Bert; Hotka, Dan (February 2003). Toad Handbook. Developer's Library. Jim McDaniel. Sams Publishing. p. xiv. ISBN 978-0-672-32486-4. Retrieved 2013-10-23. I've been working on TOAD now for more than six years. Or has it been seven?
  2. ^ "Quest Software's Acquisitions". Dell Inc. Archived from the original on 2012-02-03. Retrieved 2013-03-05.
  3. ^ "Dell to Acquire Quest Software". Retrieved 2017-11-30.
  4. ^ "Quest Software, its Toad tool leaping over to Dell". SearchOracle. Retrieved 2017-12-06.
  5. ^ Miller, Ron. "Confirmed: Dell sells software division to Francisco Partners and Elliott Management". TechCrunch. Retrieved 2017-11-30.
  6. ^ "Quest Launches as an Independent Software Company Backed by Francisco Partners and Elliott Management". Retrieved 2017-11-30.

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