Connect to MongoDB Data in as an External Source in Dremio

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Use the CData JDBC Driver to connect to MongoDB as an External Source in Dremio.

The CData JDBC Driver for MongoDB implements JDBC Standards and allows various applications, including Dremio, to work with live MongoDB data. Dremio is a data lakehouse platform designed to empower self-service, interactive analytics on the data lake. With the CData JDBC Driver, you can include live MongoDB data as a part of your enterprise data lake. This article describes how to connect to MongoDB data from Dremio as an External Source.

The CData JDBC Driver enables high-speed access to live MongoDB data in Dremio. Once you install the driver, authenticate with MongoDB and gain immediate access to MongoDB data within your data lake. By surfacing MongoDB data using native data types and handling complex filters, aggregations, & other operations automatically, the CData JDBC Driver grants seamless access to MongoDB data.

Build the ARP Connector

To use the CData JDBC Driver in Dremio, you need to build an Advanced Relation Pushdown (ARP) Connector. You can view the source code for the Connector on GitHub or download the ZIP file (GitHub.com) directly. Once you copy or extract the files, run the following command from the root directory of the connector (the directory containing the pom.xml file) to build the connector.

mvn clean install

Once the JAR file for the connector is built (in the target directory), you are ready to copy the ARP connector and JDBC Driver to your Dremio instance.

Installing the Connector and JDBC Driver

Install the ARP Connector to %DREMIO_HOME%/jars/ and the JDBC Driver for MongoDB to %DREMIO_HOME%/jars/3rdparty. You can use commands similar to the following:

ARP Connector

docker cp PATH\TO\dremio-mongodb-plugin-20.0.0.jar dremio_image_name:/opt/dremio/jars/

JDBC Driver for MongoDB

docker cp PATH\TO\cdata.jdbc.mongodb.jar dremio_image_name:/opt/dremio/jars/3rdparty/

Connecting to MongoDB

MongoDB will now appear as an External Source option in Dremio. The ARP Connector built uses a JDBC URL to connect to MongoDB data. The JDBC Driver has a built-in connection string designer that you can use (see below).

Built-in Connection String Designer

For assistance in constructing the JDBC URL, use the connection string designer built into the MongoDB JDBC Driver. Double-click the JAR file or execute the jar file from the command line.

java -jar cdata.jdbc.mongodb.jar

Fill in the connection properties and copy the connection string to the clipboard.

Set the Server, Database, User, and Password connection properties to connect to MongoDB. To access MongoDB collections as tables you can use automatic schema discovery or write your own schema definitions. Schemas are defined in .rsd files, which have a simple format. You can also execute free-form queries that are not tied to the schema.

NOTE: To use the JDBC Driver in Dremio, you will need a license (full or trial) and a Runtime Key (RTK). For more information on obtaining this license (or a trial), contact our sales team.

Add the Runtime Key (RTK) to the JDBC URL. You will end up with a JDBC URL similar to the following:

jdbc:mongodb:RTK=5246...;Server=MyServer;Port=27017;Database=test;User=test;Password=Password;

Access MongoDB as an External Source

To add MongoDB as an External Source, click to add a new source and select MongoDB. Copy the JDBC URL and paste it into the New MongoDB Source wizard.

Save the connection and you are ready to query live MongoDB data in Dremio, easily incorporating MongoDB data into your data lake.

More Information & Free Trial

Using the CData JDBC Driver for MongoDB in Dremio, you can incorporate live MongoDB data into your data lake. Check out our MongoDB connectivity page for more information about connecting to MongoDB. Download a free, 30 day trial of the CData JDBC Driver for MongoDB and get started today.