Query Excel Data in MySQL Workbench

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Excel ODBC Driver

The Excel ODBC Driver is a powerful tool that allows you to connect with live Excel file data, directly from any applications that support ODBC connectivity.

Access Excel Spreadsheet data like you would a database - read, write, and update data through a standard ODBC Driver interface.

Execute MySQL queries against live Excel data from MySQL Workbench.

You can use the SQL Gateway from the ODBC Driver for Excel to query Excel data through a MySQL interface. Follow the procedure below to start the MySQL remoting service of the SQL Gateway and work with live Excel data in MySQL Workbench.

Connect to Excel Data

If you have not already done so, provide values for the required connection properties in the data source name (DSN). You can use the built-in Microsoft ODBC Data Source Administrator to configure the DSN. This is also the last step of the driver installation. See the "Getting Started" chapter in the help documentation for a guide to using the Microsoft ODBC Data Source Administrator to create and configure a DSN.

The ExcelFile, under the Authentication section, must be set to a valid Excel File.

Configure the SQL Gateway

See the SQL Gateway Overview to set up connectivity to Excel data as a virtual MySQL database. You will configure a MySQL remoting service that listens for MySQL requests from clients. The service can be configured in the SQL Gateway UI.

Query Excel from MySQL Workbench

The steps below outline connecting to the virtual Excel database created in the SQL Gateway from MySQL Workbench and issuing basic queries to work with live Excel data.

Connect to Excel through the SQL Gateway

  1. In MySQL Workbench, click to add a new MySQL connection.
  2. Name the connection (CData SQL Gateway for Excel).
  3. Set the Hostname, Port, and Username parameters to connect to the SQL Gateway.
  4. Click Store in Vault to set and store the password.
  5. Click Test Connection to ensure the connection is configured properly and click OK.

Query Excel Data

  1. Open the connection you just created (CData SQL Gateway for Excel).
  2. Click File -> New Query Tab.
  3. Write a SQL query to retrieve Excel data, like SELECT * FROM `CData Excel Sys`.Sheet;

With access to live Excel data from MySQL Workbench, you can easily query and update Excel, just like you would a MySQL database. Get started now with a free, 30-day trial of the CData ODBC Driver for Excel and the CData SQL Gateway.