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Connect to FTP Data in DBArtisan

Use wizards in DBArtisan to configure FTP data as a data source.

The CData ODBC Driver for FTP seamlessly integrates FTP data into database management tools like DBArtisan by enabling you to access FTP data as a database. This article shows how to create an data source for FTP in DBArtisan and execute queries. You can then edit data visually and execute standard SQL.

Integrate FTP Data into DBArtisan Projects

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.

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.

You can then follow the steps below to register FTP data as a database instance in your project:

  1. In DBArtisan, click Data Source -> Register Datasource.
  2. Select Generic ODBC.
  3. Enter a name for the data source and select the DSN.
  4. Finish the wizard to connect to FTP data. FTP entities are displayed in the Datasource Explorer.

You can now work with FTP data as you work with any other database. See the driver help documentation for more information on the queries supported by the FTP API.