Toad (software)

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Original author(s) Jim McDaniel
Developer(s) Quest Software
Written in Various (depending on the database used)
Type Database management tools
License Proprietary

Toad solutions from Quest Software is a database management toolset that database developers, database administrators and data analysts use to manage both relational and non-relational databases using SQL.

Supported databases and environments[edit]

Toad supports the following databases and environments:

Toad runs on all 32-bit/64-bit Windows platforms, including Microsoft Windows Server, Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7 and 8 (32-Bit or 64-Bit). Quest Software has also released a Toad Mac Edition. Quest provides Toad in commercial and trial/freeware versions. The Freeware version is available from the community.[1]


Jim McDaniel (aka "TOADman"), a practicing Oracle DBA, originally designed Toad for his own use in the late 1990s.[2] 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, the author 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[3] and became part of Dell in September 2012 as Dell Software.[4] In 2016, Dell Software was sold off[5] and renamed back to Quest Software.[6]



  1. ^ "Toad World". Dell Software Inc. 2016. 
  2. ^ Scalzo, Bert; Hotka, Dan (February 2003). Toad Handbook. Developer's Library. Jim McDaniel. Sams Publishing. p. xiv. ISBN 9780672324864. Retrieved 2013-10-23. I've been working on TOAD now for more than six years. Or has it been seven? 
  3. ^ "Quest Software's Acquisitions". Dell Inc. Retrieved 2013-03-05. 
  4. ^ "About Quest Software – now a part of Dell". 
  5. ^ Hufford, Austen (2016-06-20). "Dell to Sell Software Unit to Francisco Partners and Elliott Management". Wall Street Journal. ISSN 0099-9660. Retrieved 2016-11-09. 
  6. ^ "Quest Launches as an Independent Software Company Backed by Francisco Partners and Elliott Management". Quest Community. Retrieved 2016-11-09. 

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