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Connect to Alfresco Data in DBArtisan

Use wizards in DBArtisan to configure Alfresco data as a data source.

The CData ODBC Driver for Alfresco seamlessly integrates Alfresco data into database management tools like DBArtisan by enabling you to access Alfresco data as a database. This article shows how to create an data source for Alfresco in DBArtisan and execute queries. You can then edit data visually and execute standard SQL.

Integrate Alfresco Data into DBArtisan Projects

If you have not already, first specify connection properties in an ODBC DSN (data source name). This is the last step of the driver installation. You can use the Microsoft ODBC Data Source Administrator to create and configure ODBC DSNs.

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, you should supply for InstanceUrl.

You can then follow the steps below to register Alfresco data as a database instance in your project:

  1. In DBArtisan, click Data Source -> Register Datasource.
  2. Select Generic ODBC.
  3. Enter a name for the data source and select the DSN.
  4. Finish the wizard to connect to Alfresco data. Alfresco entities are displayed in the Datasource Explorer.

You can now work with Alfresco data as you work with any other database. See the driver help documentation for more information on the queries supported by the Alfresco API.