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Query FTP Data in MySQL Workbench

Execute MySQL queries against live FTP data from MySQL Workbench.

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

Connect to FTP 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.

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.

Configure the SQL Gateway

See the SQL Gateway Overview to set up connectivity to FTP 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 FTP from MySQL Workbench

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

Connect to FTP through the SQL Gateway

  1. In MySQL Workbench, click to add a new MySQL connection.
  2. Name the connection (CData SQL Gateway for FTP).
  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 SQL Gateway for FTP).
  2. Click File -> New Query Tab.
  3. Write a SQL query to retrieve FTP data, like SELECT * FROM `CData FTP Sys`.MyDirectory;

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