MSSQL lets you build intelligent, mission-critical applications using a scalable, hybrid database platform that has everything built in—from in-memory performance and advanced security to in-database analytics.

You can easily add it to your Lando app by adding an entry to the services top-level config in your Landofile.

Supported versions

Patch versions

This service does not support patch versions but if you really need something like that you could consider using either a custom compose service or a service overrides.


Here are the configuration options, set to the default values, for this service. If you are unsure about where this goes or what this means we highly recommend scanning the services documentation to get a good handle on how the magicks work.

Also note that the below options are in addition to the build steps and overrides that are available to every service.

Be careful when switching database type, version or credentials

You should be careful switching database type, version or creds.

In the case of type and version the underlying database files between these things is likely not be compatible. In the case of credentials, these are set when the container is initially created so in order to change them you need to lando destroy && lando start. Note that lando destroy will delete all the data in your database.

Ignoring this warning can cause your database service to not start correctly!!! You can read more about this here

    type: mssql
    portforward: false
      password: he11oTHERE


portforward will allow you to access this service externally by given you a port directly on your host's localhost. Note that portforward can be set to either true or a specific port but we highly recommend you set it to true unless you have pretty good knowledge of how port assignment works or you have a very compelling reason for needing a locked down port.

portforward: true will prevent inevitable port collisions and provide greater reliability and stability across Lando apps. That said, one downside of portforward: true is that Docker will assign a different port every time you restart your application. You can read more about accessing services externally over here.



    type: mssql
    portforward: true

Not recommended

    type: mssql
    portforward: 1433

Setting custom credentials

You can also configure the default password for the sa user. However, it is very important to note that these things get set the FIRST TIME YOU START the service and ONLY THE FIRST TIME.

This means that if you change any of the creds you need to lando destroy and then lando start the service for the changes to take effect. This stands in contrast to the normal lando rebuild method to change config and is a consequence of persisting the database's data directory between rebuilds.

    type: mssql
      user: he11oTHERE -> 1337PASSword
lando destroy -y && lando start

Getting information

You can get connection and credential information about your mssql instance by running lando info. It may also be worth checking out our accessing services externally guide.


If you are interested in a working example of this service that we test on every Lando build then check out

Additional Reading

Guides and Tutorials

Advanced Usage

Known Issues


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