Query Avalara AvaTax Data in MySQL Workbench

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

Access AvaTax data like you would a database - read, write, and update AvaTax Accounts, Customers, TaxCodes, Transactions, etc. through a standard ODBC Driver interface.

Execute MySQL queries against live Avalara AvaTax data from MySQL Workbench.

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

Connect to Avalara AvaTax 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.

The primary method for performing basic authentication is to provide your login credentials, as follows:

  • User: Set this to your username.
  • Password: Set this to your password.

Optionally, if you are making use of a sandbox environment, set the following:

  • UseSandbox: Set this to true if you are authenticating with a sandbox account.

Authenticating Using Account Number and License Key

Alternatively, you can authenticate using your account number and license key. Connect to data using the following:

  • AccountId: Set this to your Account Id. The Account Id is listed in the upper right hand corner of the admin console.
  • LicenseKey: Set this to your Avalara Avatax license key. You can generate a license key by logging into Avalara Avatax as an account administrator and navigating to Settings -> Reset License Key.

Configure the SQL Gateway

See the SQL Gateway Overview to set up connectivity to Avalara AvaTax 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 Avalara AvaTax from MySQL Workbench

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

Connect to Avalara AvaTax through the SQL Gateway

  1. In MySQL Workbench, click to add a new MySQL connection.
  2. Name the connection (CData SQL Gateway for Avalara AvaTax).
  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 Avalara AvaTax Data

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

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