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Query Slack Data through ODBC in Node.js

Use node-odbc to execute SQL queries against Slack data from Node.js.

Node.js is a JavaScript runtime environment that allows you to run JavaScript code outside of a browser. With the CData ODBC Driver for Slack, you can access live Slack data from Node.js apps and scripts. In this article, we walk through installing node-odbc and the required tools to create a simple Node.js app with access to live Slack data.

With built-in optimized data processing, the CData ODBC Driver offers unmatched performance for interacting with live Slack data in Node.js. When you issue complex SQL queries from Node.js to Slack, the driver pushes supported SQL operations, like filters and aggregations, directly to Slack and utilizes the embedded SQL engine to process unsupported operations client-side (often SQL functions and JOIN operations).

Connecting to Slack Data

If you have not already done so, provide values for the required connection properties in the data source name (DSN). You can use the built-in Microsoft ODBC Data Source Administrator to configure the DSN. This is also the last step of the driver installation. See the "Getting Started" chapter in the help documentation for a guide to using the Microsoft ODBC Data Source Administrator to create and configure a DSN.

Slack uses the OAuth authentication standard. To authenticate using OAuth, you will need to create an app to obtain the OAuthClientId, OAuthClientSecret, and CallbackURL connection properties. See the Getting Started section of the help documentation for an authentication guide.

Building node-odbc

In order to connect to Slack through the CData ODBC Driver, you need to build node-odbc manually (after installing the required tools).

Installing the Required Tools

The following commands install the tools required to build node-odbc (note the -g parameter, which installs the tools globally).

npm i -g windows-build-tools
npm i -g node-gyp

Building node-odbc

After installing the required tools, create a directory for the Node.js app and install odbc (which builds the binary for us to use in our Node.js script).

mkdir nodeodbc
cd nodeodbc
npm i -g node

Querying Slack from Node.js

With the ODBC Driver installed, a DSN Configured, and node-odbc built, we are ready to query live Slack data from a Node.js app. The sample code below connects to a specific DSN and queries the Channels table.


const odbc = require('odbc');

async function querySlack() {
    const connection = await odbc.connect(`DSN=CData Slack Source`);
    const data = await connection.query('SELECT Id, Name FROM Channels');


Once you write the app, use node to execute the script:

node myscript.js

Download a free, 30-day trial of the CData ODBC Driver for Slack and start working with your live Slack data in Node.js. Reach out to our Support Team if you have any questions.