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Using the CData ODBC Driver for PowerShell in PyCharm

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

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 PowerShell 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 PowerShell 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 PowerShell

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 ScriptLocation, under the Data section, must be set to a valid script location.

Below is the syntax for a DSN:

[CData PowerShell Source] Driver = CData ODBC Driver for PowerShell Description = My Description ScriptLocation = '%Public%\Documents\CData PowerShell Scripts' ExecuteQuery = True

Execute SQL to PowerShell

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 PowerShell};ScriptLocation = '%Public%\Documents\CData PowerShell Scripts';ExecuteQuery = True;') cursor = cnxn.cursor() cursor.execute("SELECT ProcessName, CPU FROM Process WHERE ProcessName = 'RemoteConnectorService'") rows = cursor.fetchall() for row in rows: print(row.ProcessName, row.CPU)

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