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Connect to CockroachDB Data in as an External Source in Dremio

Use the CData JDBC Driver to connect to CockroachDB as an External Source in Dremio.

The CData JDBC Driver for CockroachDB implements JDBC Standards and allows various applications, including Dremio, to work with live CockroachDB data. Dremio is a data lakehouse platform designed to empower self-service, interactive analytics on the data lake. With the CData JDBC Driver, you can include live CockroachDB data as a part of your enterprise data lake. This article describes how to connect to CockroachDB data from Dremio as an External Source.

The CData JDBC Driver enables high-speed access to live CockroachDB data in Dremio. Once you install the driver, authenticate with CockroachDB and gain immediate access to CockroachDB data within your data lake. By surfacing CockroachDB data using native data types and handling complex filters, aggregations, & other operations automatically, the CData JDBC Driver grants seamless access to CockroachDB data.

Build the ARP Connector

To use the CData JDBC Driver in Dremio, you need to build an Advanced Relation Pushdown (ARP) Connector. You can view the source code for the Connector on GitHub or download the ZIP file ( directly. Once you copy or extract the files, run the following command from the root directory of the connector (the directory containing the pom.xml file) to build the connector.

mvn clean install

Once the JAR file for the connector is built (in the target directory), you are ready to copy the ARP connector and JDBC Driver to your Dremio instance.

Installing the Connector and JDBC Driver

Install the ARP Connector to %DREMIO_HOME%/jars/ and the JDBC Driver for CockroachDB to %DREMIO_HOME%/jars/3rdparty. You can use commands similar to the following:

ARP Connector

docker cp PATH\TO\dremio-cockroachdb-plugin-20.0.0.jar dremio_image_name:/opt/dremio/jars/

JDBC Driver for CockroachDB

docker cp PATH\TO\cdata.jdbc.cockroachdb.jar dremio_image_name:/opt/dremio/jars/3rdparty/

Connecting to CockroachDB

CockroachDB will now appear as an External Source option in Dremio. The ARP Connector built uses a JDBC URL to connect to CockroachDB data. The JDBC Driver has a built-in connection string designer that you can use (see below).

Built-in Connection String Designer

For assistance in constructing the JDBC URL, use the connection string designer built into the CockroachDB JDBC Driver. Double-click the JAR file or execute the jar file from the command line.

java -jar cdata.jdbc.cockroachdb.jar

Fill in the connection properties and copy the connection string to the clipboard.

Set the following to connect to CockroachDB.

  • Server: The host name or IP address of the server.
  • Port: The port number of the CockroachDB server. If not specified, the default port is 26257.
  • Database: The name of the Cockroach database. If not specified, you connect to the user's default database.
  • User: The Cockroach DB user account used to authenticate.
  • Password: The password used to authenticate the user.

NOTE: To use the JDBC Driver in Dremio, you will need a license (full or trial) and a Runtime Key (RTK). For more information on obtaining this license (or a trial), contact our sales team.

Add the Runtime Key (RTK) to the JDBC URL. You will end up with a JDBC URL similar to the following:


Access CockroachDB as an External Source

To add CockroachDB as an External Source, click to add a new source and select CockroachDB. Copy the JDBC URL and paste it into the New CockroachDB Source wizard.

Save the connection and you are ready to query live CockroachDB data in Dremio, easily incorporating CockroachDB data into your data lake.

More Information & Free Trial

Using the CData JDBC Driver for CockroachDB in Dremio, you can incorporate live CockroachDB data into your data lake. Check out our CData JDBC Driver for CockroachDB page for more information about connecting to CockroachDB. Download a free, 30 day trial of the CData JDBC Driver for CockroachDB and get started today.