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Query MariaDB Data through ODBC in Node.js

Use node-odbc to execute SQL queries against MariaDB data from Node.js.

Node.js is a JavaScript runtime environment that allows you to run JavaScript code outside of a browser. With the CData ODBC Driver for MariaDB, you can access live MariaDB data from Node.js apps and scripts. In this article, we walk through installing node-odbc and the required tools to create a simple Node.js app with access to live MariaDB data.

With built-in optimized data processing, the CData ODBC Driver offers unmatched performance for interacting with live MariaDB data in Node.js. When you issue complex SQL queries from Node.js to MariaDB, the driver pushes supported SQL operations, like filters and aggregations, directly to MariaDB and utilizes the embedded SQL engine to process unsupported operations client-side (often SQL functions and JOIN operations).

Connecting to MariaDB 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 Server and Port properties must be set to a MariaDB server. If IntegratedSecurity is set to false, then User and Password must be set to valid user credentials. Optionally, Database can be set to connect to a specific database. If not set, the tables from all databases are reported.

Building node-odbc

In order to connect to MariaDB through the CData ODBC Driver, you need to build node-odbc manually (after installing the required tools).

Installing the Required Tools

The following commands install the tools required to build node-odbc (note the -g parameter, which installs the tools globally).

npm i -g windows-build-tools
npm i -g node-gyp

Building node-odbc

After installing the required tools, create a directory for the Node.js app and install odbc (which builds the binary for us to use in our Node.js script).

mkdir nodeodbc
cd nodeodbc
npm i -g node

Querying MariaDB from Node.js

With the ODBC Driver installed, a DSN Configured, and node-odbc built, we are ready to query live MariaDB data from a Node.js app. The sample code below connects to a specific DSN and queries the Orders table.

myscript.js

const odbc = require('odbc');

async function queryMariaDB() {
    const connection = await odbc.connect(`DSN=CData MariaDB Source`);
    const data = await connection.query('SELECT ShipName, ShipCity FROM Orders');
    console.log(data);
}

queryMariaDB();

Once you write the app, use node to execute the script:

node myscript.js

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