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The Email ODBC Driver is a powerful tool that allows you to connect with live Internet E-mail, directly from any applications that support ODBC connectivity.

Access Email data like you would a database - read, write, and send E-mails through a standard ODBC Driver interface.

Using the CData ODBC Driver for Email in PyCharm

Connect to Email as an ODBC data source in PyCharm using the CData ODBC Driver for Email.

The CData ODBC Drivers can be used in any environment that supports loading an ODBC Driver. In this tutorial we will explore using the CData ODBC Driver for Email from within PyCharm. Included are steps for adding the CData ODBC Driver as a data source, as well as basic PyCharm code to query the data source and display results.

To begin, this tutorial will assume that you have already installed the CData ODBC Driver for Email as well as PyCharm.

Add Pyodbc to the Project

Follow the steps below to add the pyodbc module to your project.

  1. Click File -> Settings to open the project settings window.
  2. Click Project Interpreter from the Project: YourProjectName menu.
  3. To add pyodbc, click the + button and enter pyodbc.
  4. Click Install Package to install pyodbc.

Connect to Email

You can now connect with an ODBC connection string or a DSN. See the Getting Started section in the CData driver documentation for a guide to creating a DSN on your OS.

The User and Password properties, under the Authentication section, must be set to valid credentials. The Server must be specified to retrieve emails and the SMTPServer must be specified to send emails.

Below is the syntax for a DSN:

[CData Email Source] Driver = CData ODBC Driver for Email Description = My Description User = Password = password Server = Port = 993 SMTP Server = SMTP Port = 465 SSL Mode = EXPLICIT Protocol = IMAP Mailbox = Inbox

Execute SQL to Email

Instantiate a Cursor and use the execute method of the Cursor class to execute any SQL statement.

import pyodbc cnxn = pyodbc.connect('DRIVER={CData ODBC Driver for Email};User =;Password = password;Server =;Port = 993;SMTP Server =;SMTP Port = 465;SSL Mode = EXPLICIT;Protocol = IMAP;Mailbox = Inbox;') cursor = cnxn.cursor() cursor.execute("SELECT Mailbox, RecentMessagesCount FROM Mailboxes WHERE Mailbox = 'Spam'") rows = cursor.fetchall() for row in rows: print(row.Mailbox, row.RecentMessagesCount)

After connecting to Email in PyCharm using the CData ODBC Driver, you will be able to build Python apps with access to Email data as if it were a standard database. If you have any questions, comments, or feedback regarding this tutorial, please contact us at