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The Access ODBC Driver is a powerful tool that allows you to connect with live Microsoft Access data, directly from any applications that support ODBC connectivity.

Work with Access databases from virtually anywhere through a standard ODBC Driver interface.

How to Query Access Data in MySQL Workbench

Execute MySQL queries against live Access data from MySQL Workbench.

You can use the SQL Gateway from the ODBC Driver for Access to query Access data through a MySQL interface. Follow the procedure below to start the MySQL remoting service of the SQL Gateway and work with live Access data in MySQL Workbench.

Connect to Access Data

If you have not already done so, provide values for the required connection properties in the data source name (DSN). You can use the built-in Microsoft ODBC Data Source Administrator to configure the DSN. This is also the last step of the driver installation. See the "Getting Started" chapter in the help documentation for a guide to using the Microsoft ODBC Data Source Administrator to create and configure a DSN.

To connect, set the DataSource property to the path to the Access database.

Configure the SQL Gateway

See the SQL Gateway Overview to set up connectivity to Access data as a virtual MySQL database. You will configure a MySQL remoting service that listens for MySQL requests from clients. The service can be configured in the SQL Gateway UI.

Creating a MySQL Remoting Service in SQL Gateway (Salesforce is shown)

Query Access from MySQL Workbench

The steps below outline connecting to the virtual Access database created in the SQL Gateway from MySQL Workbench and issuing basic queries to work with live Access data.

Connect to Access through the SQL Gateway

  1. In MySQL Workbench, click to add a new MySQL connection.
  2. Name the connection (CData SQL Gateway for Access).
  3. Set the Hostname, Port, and Username parameters to connect to the SQL Gateway.
  4. Click Store in Vault to set and store the password.
  5. Click Test Connection to ensure the connection is configured properly and click OK.

Query Access Data

  1. Open the connection you just created (CData SQL Gateway for Access).
  2. Click File -> New Query Tab.
  3. Write a SQL query to retrieve Access data, like SELECT * FROM `CData Access Sys`.Orders;

With access to live Access data from MySQL Workbench, you can easily query and update Access, just like you would a MySQL database. Get started now with a free, 30-day trial of the CData ODBC Driver for Access and the CData SQL Gateway.