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Connect to CSV Data in Squirrel SQL Client

Connect to CSV data and execute queries in the Squirrel SQL Client.

The CData JDBC Driver for CSV enables you to execute queries to CSV data in tools like Squirrel SQL Client. In this article, you will create a JDBC data source for CSV data and execute queries.

Add the JDBC Driver for CSV

Follow the steps below to add the driver JAR.

  1. In Squirrel SQL, click Windows -> View Drivers.
  2. Click the plus icon to open the Add Driver wizard.
  3. In the Name box, enter a user-friendly name for the driver; for example, CData JDBC Driver for CSV.
  4. In the Example URL box, enter jdbc:csv:
  5. In the Extra Class Path tab, click Add.
  6. In the file explorer dialog that opens, select the JAR file for the driver, located in the lib subfolder of the installation directory.
  7. Click List Drivers to populate the Class Name menu with the class name for the driver, cdata.jdbc.csv.CSVDriver.

Define Connection Properties

Follow the steps below to save connection properties in the driver alias.

  1. Click Windows -> View Aliases.
  2. In the pane that lists the aliases, click the plus icon.
  3. In the Add Alias wizard that opens, the following fields are required for the JDBC driver:

    • Name: Enter a name for the alias; for example, CData CSV Source.
    • Driver: Select the CData JDBC Driver for CSV.
    • URL: Enter jdbc:csv:
  4. If you want to define any additional properties, click Properties.
  5. In the Driver properties tab of the dialog that appears, select the Use driver properties checkbox.
  6. In the Specify column, select the checkboxes for the required connection properties.

    The DataSource property must be set to a valid local folder name.

    Also, specify the IncludeFiles property to work with text files having extensions that differ from .csv, .tab, or .txt. Specify multiple file extensions in a comma-separated list. You can also set Extended Properties compatible with the Microsoft Jet OLE DB 4.0 driver. Alternatively, you can provide the format of text files in a Schema.ini file.

    Set UseRowNumbers to true if you are deleting or updating in CSV. This will create a new column with the name RowNumber which will be used as key for that table.

    Below is a typical connection string:

    jdbc:csv:DataSource=MyCSVFilesFolder;
  7. In the dialog that appears after you click OK, click connect to test the connection.

Discover Schemas and Query CSV Data

After the metadata has loaded, a new tab for the CSV data source is displayed. On the Objects subtab, you can discover schema information, such as the available tables and views.

To view table data, select the table on the Objects tab. The table data is then loaded in a grid on the Content tab.

To execute an SQL query, enter the query on the SQL tab and then click Run SQL (the runner icon). For example:

SELECT City, SUM(TotalDue) FROM Customer GROUP BY City