Query Alfresco Data in MySQL Workbench

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Create a virtual MySQL database for Alfresco data in CData Connect (or Connect Cloud) and work with live Alfresco data in MySQL Workbench.

MySQL Workbench allows users to administer MySQL environments and gain better visibility into databases. When paired with CData Connect (on-premise or Connect Cloud), you get live access to Alfresco data as if it were a MySQL database. This article shows how to create a virtual database for Alfresco in Connect and work with live Alfresco data in MySQL Workbench.

Create a Virtual MySQL Database for Alfresco Data

CData Connect uses a straightforward, point-and-click interface to connect to data sources and generate APIs.

  1. Login to Connect and click Databases.
  2. Select "Alfresco" from Available Data Sources.
  3. Enter the necessary authentication properties to connect to Alfresco.

    To connect to Alfresco, the following connection properties must be supplied: User, Password, and InstanceUrl. User and Password correspond to the login credentials that you use to access Alfresco in a web browser. InstanceUrl corresponds to the Alfresco instance you will be querying. For instance, if you expect your queries to hit https://search-demo.dev.alfresco.me/alfresco/api/-default-/public/search/versions/1/sql, you should supply search-demo.dev.alfresco.me for InstanceUrl.

  4. Click Test Database.
  5. Click Privileges -> Add and add the new user (or an existing user) with the appropriate permissions.

With the virtual database created, you are ready to connect to Alfresco from MySQL Workbench.

Query Alfresco from MySQL Workbench

The steps below outline connecting to the virtual Alfresco database in Connect from MySQL Workbench and issuing basic queries to work with live Alfresco data.

Connect to Alfresco through Connect

  1. In MySQL Workbench, click to add a new MySQL connection.
  2. Name the connection (CData Connect).
  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 Alfresco Data

  1. Open the connection you just created (CData Connect).
  2. Click File -> New Query Tab.
  3. Write a SQL query to retrieve Alfresco data, like SELECT * FROM alfrescodb.Alfresco;

With access to live Alfresco data from MySQL Workbench, you can easily query and update Alfresco, just like you would a MySQL database. Request a demo of the CData Connect and start working with Alfresco as a cloud-based MySQL database today.