ODBC Driver for FreshBooks

Connection Options

The following table describes the options that you can include in the connection string for FreshBooks:

Option Description


The URL of the FreshBooks server to connect to.

Authentication Token

API/authentication token is used to securely connect ODBC Driver for FreshBooks to your account. See the Obtaining API Key section.

If you want to save Authentication Token in DSN Settings, select the Save Token checkbox

Proxy Host

If you are using Proxy for connection to your network, specify the Proxy server address in this option. To learn your Proxy server address, open Control Panel->Internet Options->Connections->LAN settings.


Specify the Proxy port here. You can learn Proxy Port in the same way as described above for the host.

Proxy UID

If Proxy User authorization is used, specify Proxy user name (ID) in this option.

Proxy PWD

If Proxy User authorization is used, specify Proxy user password in this option.

Advanced Settings

Option Description

Empty strings as NULL

To retrieve metadata, not all parameters according to MSDN can accept a null value. If NULL, the driver should return an error. But some 3rd-party tools pass NULL to the parameters. These options should be enabled for compatibility with such tools.

Allow NULL strings


Enables using local regional settings when converting numbers to string.


Enables using local regional settings when converting dates and times to string.

Sample connection string

Server=https://mycompany-billing.freshbooks.com/api/2.1/xml-in;Authentication Token=sampleauthenticationtoken

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