Ready to get started?

Download a free trial of the SFTP Driver to get started:

 Download Now

Learn more:

SFTP Icon SFTP JDBC Driver

An easy-to-use database-like interface for Java based applications and reporting tools access to remote files and directories.

Connect to SFTP Data in DBVisualizer



Integrate SFTP data with visual data analysis tools and data connection wizards in DBVisualizer

The CData JDBC Driver for SFTP implements JDBC standards to provide connectivity to SFTP data in applications ranging from business intelligence tools to IDEs. This article shows how to establish a connection to SFTP data in DBVisualizer and use the table editor to edit and save SFTP data.

Create a New Driver Definition for SFTP Data

Follow the steps below to use the Driver Manager to provide connectivity to SFTP data from DBVisualizer tools.

  1. In DBVisualizer, click Tools -> Driver Manager.
  2. Click the plus sign "" to create a new driver.
  3. Select "Custom" as the template.
  4. On the Driver Settings tab:
    • Set Name to a user-friendly name (e.g. "CData SFTP Driver")
    • Set URL Format to jdbc:sftp:
    • In Driver artifacts and jar files (jars are loaded in order from top):
      1. Click the plus sign "" -> "Add Files"
      2. Navigate to the "lib" folder in the installation directory (C:\Program Files\CData\CData JDBC Driver for SFTP XXXX\)
      3. Select the JAR file (cdata.jdbc.SFTP.jar) and click "Open"
  5. The Driver Class should populate automatically. If not, select class (cdata.jdbc.sftp.SFTPDriver).

Define the Connection to the JDBC Data Source

Close the "Driver Manager" and follow the steps below to save connection properties in the JDBC URL.

  1. In the "Databases" tab, click the plus sign "" and select the driver you just created.
  2. In the "Connection" section, set the following options:

    • Database Type: If you selected the wizard option, the database type is automatically detected. If you selected the "No Wizard" option, select the Generic or Auto Detect option in the Database Type menu.
    • Driver Type: Select the driver you just created.
    • Database URL: Enter the full JDBC URL. The syntax of the JDBC URL is jdbc:sftp: followed by the connection properties in a semicolon-separated list of name-value pairs.

      SFTP can be used to transfer files to and from SFTP servers using the SFTP Protocol. To connect, specify the RemoteHost;. service uses the User and Password and public key authentication (SSHClientCert). Choose an SSHAuthMode and specify connection values based on your selection.

      Set the following connection properties to control the relational view of the file system:

      • RemotePath: Set this to the current working directory.
      • TableDepth: Set this to control the depth of subfolders to report as views.
      • FileRetrievalDepth: Set this to retrieve files recursively and list them in the Root table.
      Stored Procedures are available to download files, upload files, and send protocol commands. See gdatamodel for more on using SQL to interact with the server.

      Built-in Connection String Designer

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

      java -jar cdata.jdbc.sftp.jar

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

      When you configure the JDBC URL, 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.

      A typical connection string is below:

      jdbc:sftp:RemoteHost=MyFTPServer;
    • NOTE: Since SFTP does not require a User or Password to authenticate, you may use whatever values you wish for Database Userid and Database Password.
  3. On the Connection tab, click Connect.

To browse through tables exposed by the SFTP JDBC Driver, right-click a table and click "Open in New Tab."

To execute SQL queries, use the SQL Commander tool: Click SQL Commander -> New SQL Commander. Select the Database Connection, Database, and Schema from the available menus.

See the "Supported SQL" chapter in the help documentation for more information on the supported SQL. See the "Data Model" chapter for table-specific information.

More Information & Free Trial

Download a free, 30-day trial of the CData JDBC Driver for SFTP and start working with your live SFTP data in DbVisualizer. Join the CData Community or reach out to our Support Team if you have any questions.