Using the CData ODBC Driver for Microsoft Project in PyCharm

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MS Project ODBC Driver

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

Access Tasks, Issues, Projects, Deliverables, etc. like you would a database - read, write, and update MS Project through a standard ODBC Driver interface.

Connect to Microsoft Project as an ODBC data source in PyCharm using the CData ODBC Driver for Microsoft Project.

The CData ODBC Drivers can be used in any environment that supports loading an ODBC Driver. In this tutorial we will explore using the CData ODBC Driver for Microsoft Project from within PyCharm. Included are steps for adding the CData ODBC Driver as a data source, as well as basic PyCharm code to query the data source and display results.

To begin, this tutorial will assume that you have already installed the CData ODBC Driver for Microsoft Project as well as PyCharm.

Add Pyodbc to the Project

Follow the steps below to add the pyodbc module to your project.

  1. Click File -> Settings to open the project settings window.
  2. Click Project Interpreter from the Project: YourProjectName menu.
  3. To add pyodbc, click the + button and enter pyodbc.
  4. Click Install Package to install pyodbc.

Connect to Microsoft Project

You can now connect with an ODBC connection string or a DSN. See the Getting Started section in the CData driver documentation for a guide to creating a DSN on your OS.

The User and Password properties, under the Authentication section, must be set to valid Microsoft Project user credentials. In addition, you will need to specify a URL to a valid Microsoft Project server organization root or Microsoft Project services file.

Below is the syntax for a DSN:

[CData MicrosoftProject Source] Driver = CData ODBC Driver for Microsoft Project Description = My Description User = myuseraccount Password = mypassword URL = http://myserver/myOrgRoot

Execute SQL to Microsoft Project

Instantiate a Cursor and use the execute method of the Cursor class to execute any SQL statement.

import pyodbc cnxn = pyodbc.connect('DRIVER={CData ODBC Driver for MicrosoftProject};User = myuseraccount;Password = mypassword;URL = http://myserver/myOrgRoot;') cursor = cnxn.cursor() cursor.execute("SELECT ProjectName, ProjectActualCost FROM Projects WHERE ProjectName = 'Tax Checker'") rows = cursor.fetchall() for row in rows: print(row.ProjectName, row.ProjectActualCost)

After connecting to Microsoft Project in PyCharm using the CData ODBC Driver, you will be able to build Python apps with access to Microsoft Project data as if it were a standard database. If you have any questions, comments, or feedback regarding this tutorial, please contact us at