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Use pandas to Visualize Access Data in Python

The CData Python Connector for Access enables you use pandas and other modules to analyze and visualize live Access data in Python.

The rich ecosystem of Python modules lets you get to work quickly and integrate your systems more effectively. With the CData Python Connector for Access, the pandas & Matplotlib modules, and the SQLAlchemy toolkit, you can build Access-connected Python applications and scripts for visualizing Access data. This article shows how to use the pandas, SQLAlchemy, and Matplotlib built-in functions to connect to Access data, execute queries, and visualize the results.

With built-in optimized data processing, the CData Python Connector offers unmatched performance for interacting with live Access data in Python. When you issue complex SQL queries from Access, the driver pushes supported SQL operations, like filters and aggregations, directly to Access and utilizes the embedded SQL engine to process unsupported operations client-side (often SQL functions and JOIN operations).

Connecting to Access Data

Connecting to Access data looks just like connecting to any relational data source. Create a connection string using the required connection properties. For this article, you will pass the connection string as a parameter to the create_engine function.

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

Follow the procedure below to install the required modules and start accessing Access through Python objects.

Install Required Modules

Use the pip utility to install the pandas & Matplotlib modules and the SQLAlchemy toolkit:

pip install pandas
pip install matplotlib
pip install sqlalchemy

Be sure to import the module with the following:

import pandas
import matplotlib.pyplot as plt
from sqlalchemy import create_engine

Visualize Access Data in Python

You can now connect with a connection string. Use the create_engine function to create an Engine for working with Access data.

engine = create_engine("access:///?DataSource=C:\MyDB.accdb")

Execute SQL to Access

Use the read_sql function from pandas to execute any SQL statement and store the resultset in a DataFrame.

df = pandas.read_sql("SELECT OrderName, Freight FROM Orders WHERE ShipCity = 'New York'", engine)

Visualize Access Data

With the query results stored in a DataFrame, use the plot function to build a chart to display the Access data. The show method displays the chart in a new window.

df.plot(kind="bar", x="OrderName", y="Freight")
plt.show()

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Full Source Code

import pandas
import matplotlib.pyplot as plt
from sqlalchemy import create_engin

engine = create_engine("access:///?DataSource=C:\MyDB.accdb")
df = pandas.read_sql("SELECT OrderName, Freight FROM Orders WHERE ShipCity = 'New York'", engine)

df.plot(kind="bar", x="OrderName", y="Freight")
plt.show()