Programmatically list the local instances of SQL Server

December 19, 2013 by Anuraj

.Net .Net 4.0 SQL Server Windows Forms

This code snippet will not list your sql server instances installed on your system. Here is the code snippet using Windows registry which will list all the local instances of sql server.

var baseKey = RegistryKey.OpenBaseKey(
    RegistryHive.LocalMachine, RegistryView.Registry64);
var key = baseKey.OpenSubKey(
@"SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Microsoft SQL Server\Instance Names\SQL");
foreach (string sqlserver in key.GetValueNames())
        Environment.MachineName, sqlserver));

Happy Programming :)

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