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UW-IT will be retiring SQLShare in mid-January 2021. The cost of maintaining SQLShare, combined with low usage and the availability of modern alternatives led UW-IT to determine that it was time to deprecate the service. If you have stored datasets in SQLShare, you can download them before January 13, 2021.


Available for: Instructors Students Staff

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About SQLShare

SQLShare, a database-as-a-service platform designed to facilitate data sharing and collaborative analysis, helps people working with data to:

  • Use SQL and relational databases without the typical obstacles of installation, configuration, and explicit schema design
  • Spend more time advancing their work than “handling data.”
  • Build on their own results: the output of one query can be saved as a virtual dataset and used as the input to another query.
  • Collaborate with other researchers.
  • Have confidence in their results by providing provenance, effectively creating a digital trail of how results were obtained.

Note: We strongly recommend using the Microsoft Edge browser rather than Internet Explorer 11. Microsoft Edge provides superior performance for both logging in and uploading files to SQLShare.

What is SQL?

SQL stands for Structured Query Language, and is used to communicate with a database. SQL statements are used to perform tasks such as update data on a database or retrieve data from a database. The standard SQL commands, such as “Select”, “Insert”, “Update”, “Delete”, “Create”, and “Drop”, can be used to accomplish almost everything that one needs to do with a database.

Several sites offer free SQL tutorials. Here are just a few:

SQLShare Support

Online Help:

Help Desk:

Send an email message to In the subject line of your message, enter “SQLShare”.

Data Retention Policy:

A single data retention policy does not apply to the SQLShare service due to the broad scope of administrative, academic, and personal information created and stored via this service. Consequently, users of this service are responsible for managing and deleting their SQLShare documents in accordance with University of Washington retention guidelines. For more information, please refer to the UW Records Management Services Web site.