Use the CData ODBC Driver for Cloudant in Microsoft Power Query

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Cloudant ODBC Driver

The IBM Cloudant ODBC Driver is a powerful tool that allows you to connect with live Cloudant document databases, directly from any applications that support ODBC connectivity.

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

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

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

Connect to Cloudant 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.

Set the following connection properties to connect to Cloudant:

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

Import Cloudant Data

Follow the steps below to import Cloudant 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 Cloudant Source
  3. Enter the SELECT statement to import data with. For example:

    SELECT MovieRuntime, MovieRating FROM Movies
  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.