ODBC connection in LibreOffice / OpenOffice with ODBC Drivers

Both LibreOffice and OpenOffice are open-source office productivity software suites for viewing, creating, and editing text documents, spreadsheets, or presentations. Each suite consists of a word processor (Write), spreadsheet (Calc), graphics (Draw), presentation (Impress), and RDBMS (Base). Advantages of LibreOffice and OpenOffice suites: easy and lightweight installation, no licensing fees, open source, cross-platform, support for many file formats, extensive language support, no vendor lock-in. On the downside, they may be unstable for documents with hundreds of pages.
Our ODBC drivers establish a connection to data stored in relational and non-relational databases, as well as cloud services, to enable LibreOffice and OpenOffice users to retrieve their data from various data sources, such as Oracle, MySQL, SQL Server, QuickBooks, or Salesforce, into Calc spreadsheets or Base databases, on Windows, macOS, or Linux. With our 32-bit and 64-bit ODBC drivers, you can run SQL queries to retrieve entire tables, limit the number of records in a resulting dataset, or include only specific columns. This page describes how to connect LibreOffice or OpenOffice to an ODBC data source.

Key Features

Direct mode

Native connection to traditional databases and cloud-based services from LibreOffice or OpenOffice using an ODBC driver. No need to use client software to establish LibreOffice or OpenOffice 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 LibreOffice or OpenOffice 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 LibreOffice or OpenOffice 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 LibreOffice or OpenOffice: 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.

How to connect LibreOffice or OpenOffice to ODBC data source and access data in 3 steps

Install the ODBC driver for LibreOffice or OpenOffice and configure an ODBC data source

01. Create a DSN. Launch Database Wizard from Calc, click on Connect to an existing database, then select ODBC.

ODBC Connection Wizard in LibreOffice and OpenOffice
View tables from ODBC data source in LibreOffice and OpenOffice

02. Select the previously configured DSN, then Finish. Save a new database. You will see the list of tables in your data source.

View tables from ODBC data source in LibreOffice and OpenOffice
Retrieve data to LibreOffice or OpenOffice through ODBC

03. To view the data from a specific table, double-click on the table name. You can create SQL queries in the Queries tool.

Retrieve data to LibreOffice or OpenOffice through ODBC

ODBC Data Connectors

Fast and unified access to databases

We offer you optimal data access by means of ODBC and native database client libraries. However, you can avoid using client libraries, since our ODBC drivers are able to connect via the native protocol directly without using client software at all.

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Direct access to data

Why pick Devart ODBC Drivers for LibreOffice or OpenOffice?

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 LibreOffice or OpenOffice, 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 3.52 Specification

Strict compliance with Microsoft ODBC 3.52 Specification

Our ODBC drivers provide full support for the standard Open Database Connectivity API functions and data types. ODBC interface allows LibreOffice or OpenOffice 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 LibreOffice or OpenOffice 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 LibreOffice or OpenOffice, or join our forum to discuss anything related to the database application development with other professional developers.

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