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 that database developers, database administrators, and data analysts use to manage both relational and non-relational databases using SQL. There are Toad products for developers and DBAs, which run on Oracle, SQL Server, IBM DB2 (LUW & z/OS), SAP and MySQL, as well as, a Toad product for data preparation, which supports most data platforms. Toad solutions enable data professionals to automate processes, minimize risks, and cut project delivery time.[promotional language]


Jim McDaniel (aka "TOADman"), a practicing Oracle DBA, originally designed Toad for his own use in the mid-1990s.[1] He called it Tool for Oracle Application Developers: "TOAD" for short. McDaniel made the tool available to others first as shareware and later as freeware, distributing it freely over the Internet.

As the user base grew, so did the effort of maintenance and development. Finally, McDaniel realized that he could no longer dedicate substantial amounts of time to the growing quantity of software enhancement requests.

Quest Software, established in 1987, acquired TOAD in October 1998.[2] Quest Software 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] Toad products are currently part of the Quest Software portfolio.


  • 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.CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown (link)
  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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