Synthesized compounds of N-(2-aminophenyl)benzenesulfonamide 1 and (Z)-N-(2-((2-nitrobenzylidene)amino)phenyl)benzenesulfonamide 2 were characterized by antimicrobial activity, FT-IR, H-1 and C-13 NMR. Two new Schiff base ligands containing aromatic sulfonamide fragment of (Z)-N-(2-((3-nitrobenzylidene)amino)phenyl)benzenesulfonamide 3 and (Z)-N-(2-((4-nitrobenzylidene)amino)phenyl)benzenesulfonamide 4 were synthesized and investigated by spectroscopic techniques including 1H and 13C NMR, FT-IR, single crystal X-ray diffraction, Hirshfeld surface, theoretical method analyses and by antimicrobial activity. The molecular geometry obtained from the X-ray structure determination was optimized Density Functional Theory (DFT/B3LYP) method with the 6-311++G(d,p) basis set in ground state. From the optimized geometry of the molecules of 3 and 4, the geometric parameters, vibrational wavenumbers and chemical shifts were computed. The optimized geometry results, which were well represented the X-ray data, were shown that the chosen of DFT/B3LYP 6-311G++(d,p) was a successful choice. After a successful optimization, frontier molecular orbitals, chemical activity, non-linear optical properties (NLO), molecular electrostatic mep (MEP), Mulliken population method, natural population analysis (NPA) and natural bond orbital analysis (NBO), which cannot be obtained experimentally, were calculated and investigated. (C) 2018 Published by Elsevier B.V.