Connect to Salesforce Chatter Data in DBeaver

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Chatter ODBC Driver

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

With the Chatter ODBC Driver accessing live Comments, Groups, Feeds, etc. is as easy as querying a database.



Use the CData ODBC Driver to connect to Salesforce Chatter data in DBeaver.

The CData ODBC Driver for Salesforce Chatter enables access to live data from Salesforce Chatter under the ODBC standard, allowing you work with Salesforce Chatter data in a wide variety of BI, reporting, and ETL tools and directly, using familiar SQL queries. This article shows how to manage Salesforce Chatter data with visual tools in DBeaver like the query browser.

The CData ODBC drivers offer unmatched performance for interacting with live Salesforce Chatter data in DBeaver due to optimized data processing built into the driver. When you issue complex SQL queries from DBeaver to Salesforce Chatter, the driver pushes supported SQL operations, like filters and aggregations, directly to Salesforce Chatter and utilizes the embedded SQL engine to process unsupported operations (often SQL functions and JOIN operations) client-side. With built-in dynamic metadata querying, you can manage and analyze Salesforce Chatter data.

Connect to Salesforce Chatter

If you have not already done so, provide values for the required connection properties in the data source name (DSN). You can configure the DSN using the Microsoft ODBC Data Source Administrator. 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.

Salesforce Chatter uses OAuth 2.0 authentication. To authenticate to Salesforce Chatter via OAuth 2.0, you will need to obtain the OAuthClientId, OAuthClientSecret, and CallbackURL by registering an app with Salesforce Chatter.

Finally, set the "Map To WVarchar connection property to False in the DSN Configuration window for the driver. This configuration will allow string types to be mapped to SQL_VARCHAR and prevent SQL_WVARCHAR types from being displayed as NULL.

Connecting to the Salesforce Chatter ODBC Data Source in DBeaver

  1. Open the DBeaver application and in the Database menu, select the New Database Connection option.
  2. In the 'Connect to a database' window, select ODBC and click Next.
  3. In the Database/Schema field, enter the DSN name (CData Salesforce Chatter Source by default). It will be automatically added to the JDBC URL as well.
  4. Click the Test Connection button. You should receive a 'Connected' message after DBeaver has detected the DSN, along with details about the driver if the connection is successful.

Query Salesforce Chatter Data

You can now query information from the tables exposed by the data source connection. You can expand the database structure in order to view all the tables. You can retrieve the table�s data by right-clicking on a table name and selecting View data. The data will then be available in the Data tab.

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At this point, you have connected to live Salesforce Chatter data from DBeaver. For more information, visit the CData ODBC Driver page. Download a free, 30-day trial and start working live Salesforce Chatter data DBeaver today.