ODBC Driver 18.1 for SQL Server Released
Published Aug 09 2022 03:19 PM 6,217 Views
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Version 18.1 of the Microsoft ODBC Driver 18 for SQL Server has been released. Version 18.1 brings several new features and fixes to the driver.



  • New IpAddressPreference option: Choose preference between IPv6, IPv4, or OS defaults.
  • New RetryExec option to configure how the driver can retry certain executions.
  • Support for VBS-NONE enclave attestation option for using enclaves without attestation.
  • Wildcard matching of HostNameInCertificate
  • New ServerCertificate option for finer control of server certificate validation.
  • Support for Ubuntu 22.04
  • Support for Red Hat 9
  • Support for ARM64 Linux platforms: Debian 11, RedHat 8 and 9, Ubuntu 20.04, 22.04


  • Fixed an intermittent connection failure issue with polling for the first successful connection when multiple IP addresses are resolved.
  • Fixed an intermittent hang when using SQLBulkOperations in async mode.
  • Fixed connecting with Strict and non-Strict encryption modes simultaneously.
  • Fixed a missing dependency in the Debian package.
  • Fixed an issue with idle connection resiliency when Kerberos authentication is used.


Next steps

For Windows installations, you can directly download the Microsoft ODBC Driver 18 for SQL Server.

Linux and macOS packages are also available. For installation details see the online instructions.



We are committed to improving quality and bringing more feature support for connecting to SQL Server Azure SQL Database Azure Synapse Analytics, and Azure SQL Managed Instance through regular driver releases. We invite you to explore the latest the Microsoft Data Platform has to offer via a trial of Microsoft Azure SQL Database or by evaluating Microsoft SQL Server.

David Engel

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