Create ODBC connection in Power BI with Devart ODBC Drivers

Power BI is a feature-rich environment for developing business intelligence reports. The sofware supports ODBC data sources and offers many tools for transforming data into meaningful interactive visualizations. Devart provides ODBC connectors for Power BI to access data in databases and cloud applications, such as MySQL, PostgreSQL, xBase, Oracle, Salesforce or MailChimp. With Power BI Desktop and ODBC drivers, you can retrieve entire tables or execute SQL queries that return a subset from MongoDB, FreshBooks, NetSuite, and other data sources.
The section below describes the main connection options. Power BI ODBC database connection also offers some advanced options where you can provide a SQL statement to specify what data to return, e.g. to limit the number of rows retrurned or to exclude unnecessary fields or columns. Expand the Advanced Options area and type in your SQL statement. You can also specify here properties for Power BI ODBC connection string.

How to connect Power BI 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 an ODBC data source. Start Power BI and choose Get Data > Other > ODBC.

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

02.Choose the DSN that you configured for the ODBC Driver and enter your credentials in the next step.

Choose ODBC DSN in Power BI
Run a query against the data storage

03.Now Power BI database connection is established: you can load a table for business intelligence reporting.

Retrieve ODBC database to Power BI

Key Features

Direct mode

Native connection to traditional databases and cloud-based services from Power BI using an ODBC driver. No need to use client software to establish Power BI 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 Power BI through a unified interface with exceptional speed. You can create custom mappings between 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 Power BI 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 Power BI: their lack of adequate API support for SQL-92 standard SQL commands. Our drivers are designed to get the most out of cloud service APIs.

Why pick Devart ODBC Drivers for Power BI?

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 Power BI, 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 Power BI 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 Power BI 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 Power BI, or join our forum to discuss anything related to the database application development with other professional developers.

Connect Power BI to your data source with our ODBC connectors

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

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