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Plan Explorer PRO Goes FREE!

At SQL Sentry we are driven to inspire and enable Microsoft data professionals to optimize their database environments – wherever they are or whatever platform they choose to use.

Part of this mission is to help to advance the art and science of query optimization. Over the last 6 years we have helped thousands of data pros and developers elevate their query tuning with Plan Explorer, our free query plan analysis tool. We’ve been amazed at how well it has been received. We even built a premium version called Plan Explorer PRO, and it included more advanced features like tuning history, multi-tab, wait stats, plan filtering, deadlock analysis, and more.

Which brings me to today, one of the most exciting days in the history of SQL Sentry. I would like to introduce to you the new unified Plan Explorer v3! This edition includes all features of Plan Explorer PRO, plus two new and incredibly powerful features: Index Analysis and Performance Profiling.

These new features were originally going to be part of yet a 3rd edition called Plan Explorer ULTIMATE, and at an even higher price point. However, we ultimately came to our senses and realized that this would be counter to the mission, and that the only way ahead was to make all features of Plan Explorer freely available to everyone.

That's right: PRO, ULTIMATE – all of it. FREE for all, forever!

Download Plan Explorer - Now Completely Free!

Still no registration required, and no strings attached. Sure, we hope you will join the Plan Explorer community, and there are some great benefits to doing so, but that's up to you.

If you've purchased Plan Explorer PRO in the last 3 months, contact us and we will give you a full refund of your purchase price. If you purchased between 3-6 months ago, we will refund half your money, or apply a full credit towards the purchase of other SQL Sentry software.

Aaron Bertrand will be conducting a webinar this Friday, September 9th, at 11 AM Eastern, to walk you through the amazing new features. Missed it? Catch it here.

Here's hoping your query tuning efforts will never be the same again!

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33 replies on “Plan Explorer PRO Goes FREE!”

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  1. Plan Explorer is free — you are referring to functionality for launching into the Index properties window in SSMS. This is not available in PE because it currently doesn't ship with the SSMS add-in required to do this, as we didn't want to introduce that dependency. That said, if you select an index operation and go to the Index Analysis tab you will find a much better UI for viewing and managing indexes.

  2. Hi , I just downloaded the SQL Sentry Plan explorer and when I click on the Index in the execution plan I'm getting a message "The Full version of SentryOne is required to manage indexes " , I was thinking it's for free now .

    Please advise ,


  3. Thank you very much for the gift :-)
    Please consider making the Save changes prompt optional. It's showing way too often (I mean always) when exiting Plan Explorer. Thanks in advance!

  4. I've excited!!! Thanks to you guys for offering pro version free. I love your product. Looking forward to watch the webinar tomorrow!

  5. It was a brilliant tool before – now it looks like absolutely unstoppable. I'm really quite amazed you're giving it away!

  6. I agree with Arjan. I'm not even going to look to see if we are within the 6 month window. It's been well worth the money. I'm looking forward to exploring the new features!

  7. This is great news but I also want SQL Sentry to remain a healthy company that can pay its bills. Is that going to be possible without a paid Plan Explorer Pro?

      1. That's good to hear. If I could also ask… does the new Plan Explorer have any changes to the privacy policy? i.e. It doesn't send anything back to home base over and above previous versions?

        (As the old adage goes, sometimes if something is free, then you are the product).

  8. This tool has been a staple of mine for a long time.
    For you to provide the full featured version for free is very welcome news indeed.
    Thank you from the SQL Server community.

  9. What an awesome surprise! This tool is a must have for any DBA or database developer that needs to deep dive into performance tuning. THANK YOU!