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Query Snowflake Data in MySQL Workbench

Create a virtual MySQL database for Snowflake data in CData Connect (or Connect Server) and work with live Snowflake data in MySQL Workbench.

MySQL Workbench allows users to administer MySQL environments and gain better visibility into databases. When paired with CData Connect (on-premise or Connect Server), you get live access to Snowflake data as if it were a MySQL database. This article shows how to create a virtual database for Snowflake in Connect and work with live Snowflake data in MySQL Workbench.

Create a Virtual MySQL Database for Snowflake Data

CData Connect uses a straightforward, point-and-click interface to connect to data sources and generate APIs.

  1. Login to Connect and click Connections.
  2. Select "Snowflake" from Available Data Sources.
  3. Enter the necessary authentication properties to connect to Snowflake.

    To connect to Snowflake:

    1. Set User and Password to your Snowflake credentials and set the AuthScheme property to PASSWORD or OKTA.
    2. Set URL to the URL of the Snowflake instance (i.e.:
    3. Set Warehouse to the Snowflake warehouse.
    4. (Optional) Set Account to your Snowflake account if your URL does not conform to the format above.
    5. (Optional) Set Database and Schema to restrict the tables and views exposed.

    See the Getting Started guide in the CData driver documentation for more information.

  4. Click Save Changes
  5. Click Privileges -> Add and add the new user (or an existing user) with the appropriate permissions.

With the virtual database created, you are ready to connect to Snowflake from MySQL Workbench.

Query Snowflake from MySQL Workbench

The steps below outline connecting to the virtual Snowflake database in Connect from MySQL Workbench and issuing basic queries to work with live Snowflake data.

Connect to Snowflake through Connect

  1. In MySQL Workbench, click to add a new MySQL connection.
  2. Name the connection (CData Connect).
  3. Set the Hostname, Port, and Username parameters to connect to the SQL Gateway.
  4. Click Store in Vault to set and store the password.
  5. Click Test Connection to ensure the connection is configured properly and click OK.

Query Snowflake Data

  1. Open the connection you just created (CData Connect).
  2. Click File -> New Query Tab.
  3. Write a SQL query to retrieve Snowflake data, like SELECT * FROM snowflakedb.Products;

With access to live Snowflake data from MySQL Workbench, you can easily query and update Snowflake, just like you would a MySQL database. Request a demo of the CData Connect and start working with Snowflake just like a MySQL database today.