SQL Server Developer access license required

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we want to use a SQL Server 2019 Developer Edition for testing purposes.

Are there any additional requirements/licenses required for the individual user who accesses the server for testing reasons?

I've read the Microsoft SQL Server 2019 Licensing guide and found none.




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Hello Karsten,


Since version 2016 the Developer Edition is free for use, no additional licenses required, but the usage is limited to development & testing purpose.


See https://download.microsoft.com/download/6/6/0/66078040-86d8-4f6e-b0c5-e9919bbcb537/SQL%20Server%2020...

=> Page 6: "Other specialty editions of SQL Server 2019 include Developer Edition, which is licensed for non-production  use; the freely downloadable and distributable Express Edition"