Transfer Data from Excel to DB2

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Excel Add-In for IBM DB2

The IBM DB2 Excel Add-In is a powerful tool that allows you to connect with live IBM DB2 data, directly from Microsoft Excel.

Use Excel to read, write, and update IBM DB2 Database data. Perfect for mass imports / exports / updates, data cleansing & de-duplication, Excel based data analysis, and more!

This article explains how to transfer data from Excel to DB2 using the Excel Add-In for DB2.

The CData Excel Add-In for DB2 enables you to edit and save DB2 data directly from Excel. This article explains how to transfer data from Excel to DB2. This technique is useful if you want to work on DB2 data in Excel and update changes, or if you have a whole spreadsheet you want to import into DB2. In this example, you will use the Orders table; however, the same process will work for any table that can be retrieved by the CData Excel Add-In.

Establish a Connection

If you have not already done so, create a new DB2 connection by clicking From DB2 on the ribbon.

Retrieve Data from DB2

To insert data into DB2, you will first need to retrieve data from the DB2 table you want to add to. This links the Excel spreadsheet to the DB2 table selected: After you retrieve data, any changes you make to the data are highlighted in red.

  1. Click the From DB2 button on the CData ribbon. The Data Selection wizard is displayed.
  2. In the Table or View menu, select the Orders table.
  3. In the Maximum Rows menu, select the number of rows you want to retrieve. If you want to insert rows, you need to retrieve only one row. The Query box will then display the SQL query that corresponds to your request.
  4. In the Sheet Name box, enter the name for the sheet that will be populated. By default the add-in will create a new sheet with the name of the table.

Insert Rows to DB2

After retrieving data, you can add data from an existing spreadsheet in Excel.

  1. In a cell after the last row, enter a formula referencing the corresponding cell from the other spreadsheet; for example, =MyOrdersSheetInExcel!A1.
  2. After using a formula to reference the cells you want to add to DB2, select the cells that you are inserting data into and drag the formula down as far as needed. The referenced values you want to add will be displayed on the Orders sheet.
  3. Highlight the rows you want to insert and click the Insert Rows button.

As each row is inserted, the Id value will appear in the Id column and the row's text will change to black, indicating that the record has been inserted.