Toad (software)

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Screenshot of Toad for MySQL 6.0.png
Original author(s) Jim McDaniel
Developer(s) Dell Software
Written in Various (depending on the database used)
Operating system Microsoft Windows
Type Database management tools
License Proprietary

Toad is application software from Dell Software that database developers, database administrators and data analysts use to manage both relational and non-relational databases using SQL.[1]

Supported databases and environments[edit]

Toad supports the following databases and environments:

  • Amazon Redshift
  • Amazon SimpleDB
  • Amazon DynamoDB
  • Apache Hbase
  • Apache Hive
  • Apache Cassandra
  • Google Analytics
  • IBM DB2
  • IBM Informix Dynamic
  • IBM DB2 for Linux, UNIX and Windows
  • IBM DB2 for z/OS
  • IBM Netezza
  • Ingres
  • Microsoft Access
  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft OData
  • Microsoft SQL Server
  • Microsoft SQL Server Analysis Services
  • Microsoft SQL Server databases running on Amazon EC2
  • Microsoft SharePoint
  • Microsoft Windows Azure Table Storage Service
  • Microsoft Windows Azure Marketplace DataMarket
  • Microsoft Windows Azure SQL Database
  • MongoDB
  • MySQL
  • ODBC generic
  • Oracle databases running on Amazon EC2
  • Oracle Business Intelligence Enterprise Edition
  • Oracle
  • PostgreSQL
  • salesforce
  • SAP® Business Objects
  • SAP Sybase ASE
  • SAP Sybase IQ
  • SAP Sybase SQL Anywhere
  • Teradata
  • Vertica

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). Dell Software has also released a Toad Mac Edition. Dell provides Toad in commercial and trial/freeware versions. The Freeware version is available from the community.[2]


Jim McDaniel (aka "TOADman"), a practicing Oracle DBA, originally designed Toad for his own use in the late 1990s.[3] 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[4] and became part of Dell in September 2012.[5]



  1. ^ Official Toad site
  2. ^
  3. ^ 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? 
  4. ^ "Quest Software's Acquisitions". Dell Inc. Retrieved 2013-03-05. 
  5. ^ "About Quest Software – now a part of Dell". 

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