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Connect to Salesforce Data in Squirrel SQL Client

Connect to Salesforce data and execute queries in the Squirrel SQL Client.

The CData JDBC Driver for Salesforce enables you to execute queries to Salesforce data in tools like Squirrel SQL Client. In this article, you will create a JDBC data source for Salesforce data and execute queries.

Add the JDBC Driver for Salesforce

Follow the steps below to add the driver JAR.

  1. In Squirrel SQL, click Windows -> View Drivers.
  2. Click the plus icon to open the Add Driver wizard.
  3. In the Name box, enter a user-friendly name for the driver; for example, CData JDBC Driver for Salesforce.
  4. In the Example URL box, enter jdbc:salesforce:
  5. In the Extra Class Path tab, click Add.
  6. In the file explorer dialog that opens, select the JAR file for the driver, located in the lib subfolder of the installation directory.
  7. Click List Drivers to populate the Class Name menu with the class name for the driver, cdata.jdbc.salesforce.SalesforceDriver.

Define Connection Properties

Follow the steps below to save connection properties in the driver alias.

  1. Click Windows -> View Aliases.
  2. In the pane that lists the aliases, click the plus icon.
  3. In the Add Alias wizard that opens, the following fields are required for the JDBC driver:

    • Name: Enter a name for the alias; for example, CData Salesforce Source.
    • Driver: Select the CData JDBC Driver for Salesforce.
    • URL: Enter jdbc:salesforce:
    • User Name: Enter the username, which is added to the JDBC URL.
    • Password: Enter the password, which is added to the JDBC URL.
  4. If you want to define any additional properties, click Properties.
  5. In the Driver properties tab of the dialog that appears, select the Use driver properties checkbox.
  6. In the Specify column, select the checkboxes for the required connection properties.

    There are several authentication methods available for connecting to Salesforce: Login, OAuth, and SSO. The Login method requires you to have the username, password, and security token of the user.

    If you do not have access to the username and password or do not wish to require them, you can use OAuth authentication.

    SSO (single sign-on) can be used by setting the SSOProperties, SSOLoginUrl, and TokenUrl connection properties, which allow you to authenticate to an identity provider. See the "Getting Started" chapter in the help documentation for more information.

    Below is a typical connection string:

    jdbc:salesforce:User=username;Password=password;SecurityToken=Your_Security_Token;
  7. In the dialog that appears after you click OK, click connect to test the connection.

Discover Schemas and Query Salesforce Data

After the metadata has loaded, a new tab for the Salesforce data source is displayed. On the Objects subtab, you can discover schema information, such as the available tables and views.

To view table data, select the table on the Objects tab. The table data is then loaded in a grid on the Content tab.

To execute an SQL query, enter the query on the SQL tab and then click Run SQL (the runner icon). For example:

SELECT Contact.Name, SUM(Account.AnnualRevenue) FROM Contact, Account GROUP BY Contact.Name