Create ODBC connection in Excel with Devart ODBC Drivers

Microsoft Excel is a spreadsheet application that includes calculations, pivot tables, graphs, statistical analysis, and other features that you would expect from a spreadsheet program. Excel is part of the Microsoft Suite of productivity software. It supports pulling data from a wide range of data sources: web pages, Access databases, plain text files such as csv files, ODBC sources, and more. To load data stored in an ODBC data source into Excel, you need an ODBC driver for that source.
Devart ODBC drivers enable you to connect to data stored in RDBMS and cloud-based applications, such as MySQL, SQL Server, SQLite, BigCommerce or MailChimp, on Windows, macOS, and Linux (cloud-based applications are currently supported only on Windows). With our 32-bit and 64-bit ODBC drivers, you can pull entire tables or execute SQL statements that import a subset of a dataset into Excel, e.g. to limit the number of rows returned or to exclude unnecessary fields or rows. The below section describes how to connect Excel to an ODBC data source.

How to connect Excel to ODBC data source and access data in 3 steps

Install the driver and configure an ODBC data source in the driver settings

01. Install the driver and configure a DSN. Start Excel and select Data > Get Data > From Other Sources > From ODBC.

Install the ODBC driver for Excel
Start SQL Server Management Studio and create a linked server

02. In the From ODBC dialog, choose your DSN and click OK. Select the table to retrieve data from, and click Load.

Choose ODBC DSN in Excel
Run a query against the data storage

03. The data from the table will be imported into a spreadsheet where you can manipulate it or make calculations.

Retrieve ODBC database to Excel

Key Features

Direct mode

Native connection to traditional databases and cloud-based services from Excel using an ODBC driver. No need to use client software to establish Excel ODBC connection and fetch your sales figures table from databases such as Oracle, MySQL, PostgreSQL, or cloud services such as Salesforce, QuickBooks, or Zoho CRM.

SQL data type mapping

Full support and mapping of data source-specific SQL data types to the standard ODBC data types. Access diverse data stores from Excel through a unified interface with exceptional speed. You can create custom mappings between the data source fields and ODBC data types.

Secure connection

Devart ODBC drivers use SSL / SSH and HTTPS tunneling to protect user data as it flows between a remote server and Excel over the Internet. Tunneling allows you to send communications securely between machines.

ANSI SQL-92 standard support for cloud services

Devart ODBC drivers address one of the major challenges of retrieving data from email marketing, CRM, accounting and other cloud applications into Excel: their lack of adequate API support for SQL-92 standard SQL commands. Our drivers are designed to get the most out of the API of a cloud-based service.

Why pick Devart ODBC Drivers for Excel?

Fully Unicode-compliant ODBC drivers

Fully Unicode-compliant ODBC drivers

Unicode is the universal standard for encoding characters in most languages. Our ODBC drivers provide a Unicode-compliant way to work with strings and characters in databases: they are capable of mapping Unicode function calls and string data types to ANSI encoding.

All major versions of data stores are supported

All major versions of data stores are supported

Our ODBC drivers can be used to interact and perform SQL CRUD operations on popular traditional databases and cloud services from Excel, such as MySQL, Oracle, PostgreSQL, Salesforce, or MailChimp.

Regular feature update rollouts and timely bug fixes

Regular feature updates and timely bug fixes

We frequently release new versions of ODBC drivers with new capabilities or enhancements for already existing features. Changes and new features are added to the roadmap based on customer feedback. Bug fixes and minor improvements are released as nightly builds to resolve issues in a timely fashion.

Strict compliance with Microsoft ODBC 3.51 Specification

Strict compliance with Microsoft ODBC 3.51 Specification

Our ODBC drivers provide full support for the standard Open Database Connectivity API functions and data types. ODBC interface allows Excel to connect to ODBC databases using the SQL language. Additionally, we have designed Advanced Connection String parameters that implement different types of behavior.

Exceptional SQL query performance and bulk updates

Exceptional SQL query performance and bulk updates

Our ODBC drivers allow you to perform bulk record update in Excel in a single update statement while maintaining decent update speed. When you need to update a table with a million of records, you can use a single update operation which significantly reduces execution time compared to row-by-row operations.

Team of expert support engineers and community of developers

Team of expert support engineers and community of developers

Contact our friendly knowledgeable support team for assistance if have any questions about using our ODBC drivers with Excel, or join our forum to discuss anything related to the database application development with other professional developers.

Connect Excel to your data source with our ODBC connectors

Our drivers provide Direct access to your databases and clouds from Excel, which eliminates the use of database client libraries, simplifies the deployment process, and extends your application capabilities.

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