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

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

Use the CData ODBC Driver for HarperDB in MicroStrategy Desktop

Connect to HarperDB data in MicroStrategy Desktop using the CData ODBC Driver for HarperDB.

MicroStrategy is an analytics and mobility platform that enables data-driven innovation. When paired with the CData ODBC Driver for HarperDB, you gain database-like access to live HarperDB data from MicroStrategy, expanding your reporting and analytics capabilities. In this article, we walk through adding HarperDB as a data source in MicroStrategy Desktop and creating a simple visualization of HarperDB data.

The CData ODBC Driver offers unmatched performance for interacting with live HarperDB data in MicroStrategy due to optimized data processing built into the driver. When you issue complex SQL queries from MicroStrategy to HarperDB, the driver pushes supported SQL operations, like filters and aggregations, directly to HarperDB and utilizes the embedded SQL Engine to process unsupported operations (often SQL functions and JOIN operations) client-side. With built-in dynamic metadata querying, you can visualize and analyze HarperDB data using native MicroStrategy data types.

Connect to HarperDB as an ODBC Data Source

Information for connecting to HarperDB follows, along with different instructions for configuring a DSN in Windows and Linux environments.

Set the Server, User, and Password connection properties to connect to HarperDB. Set UseSSL to secure connections with TLS/SSL.

When you configure the DSN, you may also want to set the Max Rows connection property. This will limit the number of rows returned, which is especially helpful for improving performance when designing reports and visualizations.


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.


If you are installing the CData ODBC Driver for HarperDB in a Linux environment, the driver installation predefines a system DSN. You can modify the DSN by editing the system data sources file (/etc/odbc.ini) and defining the required connection properties.


[CData HarperDB Sys] Driver = CData ODBC Driver for HarperDB Description = My Description Server = User = admin Password = 1234

For specific information on using these configuration files, please refer to the help documentation (installed and found online).

Connect to and Visualize HarperDB Data using MicroStrategy Desktop

In addition to connecting HarperDB in MicroStrategy enterprise products, you can connect to HarperDB in MicroStrategy Desktop. Follow the steps below to add HarperDB data as a dataset and create visualizations and reports of HarperDB data.

  1. Open MicroStrategy Desktop and create a new dossier.
  2. In the datasets panel, click New Data, select Databases, and select Type a Query as the Import Option.
  3. Add a new data source and choose DSN data sources.
  4. Choose the DSN you previously configured (likely CData HarperDB Sys) and select Generic DBMS in the Version menu.
  5. Set the User and Password properties for the DSN (or use placeholder values) and name the data source.
  6. Select the new database instance to view the tables. You may need to manually click the search icon in the Available Tables section to see the tables.
  7. Create a SQL query for the HarperDB data (see below) and click Execute SQL to test the query. SELECT * FROM Customers NOTE: Since we create a live connection, we can execute a SELECT * query and utilize the filtering and aggregation features native to the MicroStrategy products.
  8. Click Finish and choose to connect live.
  9. Choose a visualization, choose fields to display (data types are discovered automatically through dynamic metadata discovery) and apply any filters to create a new visualization of HarperDB data. Where possible, the complex queries generated by the filters and aggregations will be pushed down to HarperDB, while any unsupported operations (which can include SQL functions and JOIN operations) will be managed client-side by the CData SQL Engine embedded in the driver.
  10. Once you are finished configuring the dossier, click File -> Save.

Using the CData ODBC Driver for HarperDB in MicroStrategy Desktop, you can easily create robust visualizations and reports on HarperDB data. Read our other articles on connecting to HarperDB in MicroStrategy and connecting to HarperDB in MicroStrategy Web for more examples.