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

Access MarkLogic like you would a standard RDBMS database - read, write, and update through an ODBC Driver.

Use the CData ODBC Driver for MarkLogic in MicroStrategy Desktop

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

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

The CData ODBC Driver offers unmatched performance for interacting with live MarkLogic data in MicroStrategy due to optimized data processing built into the driver. When you issue complex SQL queries from MicroStrategy to MarkLogic, the driver pushes supported SQL operations, like filters and aggregations, directly to MarkLogic 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 MarkLogic data using native MicroStrategy data types.

Connect to MarkLogic as an ODBC Data Source

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

Set User, Password, and Server to the credentials for the MarkLogic account and the address of the server you want to connect to. You should also specify the REST API Port if you want to use a specific instance of a REST Server.

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 MarkLogic 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 MarkLogic Sys] Driver = CData ODBC Driver for MarkLogic Description = My Description User = 'myusername' Password = 'mypassword' Server = 'http://marklogic'

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

Connect to and Visualize MarkLogic Data using MicroStrategy Desktop

In addition to connecting MarkLogic in MicroStrategy enterprise products, you can connect to MarkLogic in MicroStrategy Desktop. Follow the steps below to add MarkLogic data as a dataset and create visualizations and reports of MarkLogic 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 MarkLogic 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 MarkLogic data (see below) and click Execute SQL to test the query. SELECT * FROM Customer 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 MarkLogic data. Where possible, the complex queries generated by the filters and aggregations will be pushed down to MarkLogic, 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 MarkLogic in MicroStrategy Desktop, you can easily create robust visualizations and reports on MarkLogic data. Read our other articles on connecting to MarkLogic in MicroStrategy and connecting to MarkLogic in MicroStrategy Web for more examples.