Use the CData ODBC Driver for Avro in Microsoft Power Query

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Avro ODBC Driver

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

Access Avro data like you would a database - read, write, and update through a standard ODBC Driver interface.



You can use the CData Avro ODBC Driver with Microsoft Power Query. In this article, you will use the ODBC driver to import Avro data into Microsoft Power Query.

The CData ODBC Driver for Avro enables you to link to Avro data in Microsoft Power Query, ensuring that you see any updates. This article details how to use the ODBC driver to import Avro data into Microsoft Power Query.

Connect to Avro as an ODBC Data Source

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.

Connect to your local Avro file(s) by setting the URI connection property to the location of the Avro file.

Import Avro Data

Follow the steps below to import Avro data using standard SQL:

  1. From the ribbon in Excel, click Power Query -> From Other Data Sources -> From ODBC.

  2. Enter the ODBC connection string. Below is a connection string using the default DSN created when you install the driver: Provider=MSDASQL.1;Persist Security Info=False;DSN=CData Avro Source
  3. Enter the SELECT statement to import data with. For example:

    SELECT Id, Column1 FROM SampleTable_1 WHERE Column2 = 'value_2'
  4. Enter credentials, if required, and click Connect. The results of the query are displayed in the Query Editor Preview. You can combine queries from other data sources or refine the data with Power Query formulas. To load the query to the worksheet, click the Close and Load button.