Query FTP Data in MySQL Workbench

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Create a virtual MySQL database for FTP data in CData Connect (or Connect Cloud) and work with live FTP data in MySQL Workbench.

MySQL Workbench allows users to administer MySQL environments and gain better visibility into databases. When paired with CData Connect (on-premise or Connect Cloud), you get live access to FTP data as if it were a MySQL database. This article shows how to create a virtual database for FTP in Connect and work with live FTP data in MySQL Workbench.

Create a Virtual MySQL Database for FTP Data

CData Connect uses a straightforward, point-and-click interface to connect to data sources and generate APIs.

  1. Login to Connect and click Databases.
  2. Select "FTP" from Available Data Sources.
  3. Enter the necessary authentication properties to connect to FTP.

    To connect to FTP or SFTP servers, specify at least RemoteHost and FileProtocol. Specify the port with RemotePort.

    Set User and Password to perform Basic authentication. Set SSHAuthMode to use SSH authentication. See the Getting Started section of the data provider help documentation for more information on authenticating via SSH.

    Set SSLMode and SSLServerCert to secure connections with SSL.

    The data provider lists the tables based on the available folders in your FTP server. Set the following connection properties to control the relational view of the file system:

    • RemotePath: Set this to the current working directory.
    • TableDepth: Set this to control the depth of folders to list as views.
    • FileRetrievalDepth: Set this to retrieve and list files recursively from the root table.

    Stored Procedures are available to download files, upload files, and send protocol commands. See the Data Model chapter of the FTP data provider documentation for more information.

  4. Click Test Database.
  5. Click Privileges -> Add and add the new user (or an existing user) with the appropriate permissions.

With the virtual database created, you are ready to connect to FTP from MySQL Workbench.

Query FTP from MySQL Workbench

The steps below outline connecting to the virtual FTP database in Connect from MySQL Workbench and issuing basic queries to work with live FTP data.

Connect to FTP through Connect

  1. In MySQL Workbench, click to add a new MySQL connection.
  2. Name the connection (CData Connect).
  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 FTP Data

  1. Open the connection you just created (CData Connect).
  2. Click File -> New Query Tab.
  3. Write a SQL query to retrieve FTP data, like SELECT * FROM ftpdb.MyDirectory;

With access to live FTP data from MySQL Workbench, you can easily query and update FTP, just like you would a MySQL database. Request a demo of the CData Connect and start working with FTP as a cloud-based MySQL database today.