Use the CData ODBC Driver for Email in Microsoft Power Query

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Email ODBC Driver

The Email ODBC Driver is a powerful tool that allows you to connect with live Internet E-mail, directly from any applications that support ODBC connectivity.

Access Email data like you would a database - read, write, and send E-mails through a standard ODBC Driver interface.



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

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

Connect to Email 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.

The User and Password properties, under the Authentication section, must be set to valid credentials. The Server must be specified to retrieve emails and the SMTPServer must be specified to send emails.

Import Email Data

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

    SELECT Mailbox, RecentMessagesCount FROM Mailboxes
  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.