Build Visualizations of Live Snowflake Data in Power BI (through CData Connect)

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Use CData Connect to create a virtual database for Snowflake data and build custom reports in Power BI.

Power BI transforms your company's data into rich visuals for you to collect and organize so you can focus on what matters to you. When paired with CData Connect (on-premise or in the cloud), you get access to Snowflake data for visualizations, dashboards, and more. This article shows how to use CData Connect to create a virtual database for Snowflake, connect to Snowflake data into Power BI and then create reports on Snowflake data in Power BI.

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 Databases.
  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 Test Database.
  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 and visualize Snowflake from Power BI.

Query Snowflake Tables

Follow the steps below to build a query to pull Snowflake data into the report:

  1. Open Power BI Desktop and click Get Data -> Other -> MySQL and click "Connect"
  2. Set Server to the address and port of your CData Connect instance (localhost:8006 by default) and set Database to the name of the virtual database you just created (Snowflake1)
  3. Use "Database" authentication, enter the credentials for a CData Connect user and click "Connect"
  4. Select tables in the Navigator dialog
  5. Click Load to import the data into Power BI

Create Snowflake Data Visualizations

After connecting to the data into Power BI, you can create data visualizations in the Report view by dragging fields from the Fields pane onto the canvas. Select the dimensions and measures you wish to visualize along with the chart type.

Click Refresh to synchronize your report with any changes to the data.

SQL Access to Snowflake Data from Data Applications

With CData Connect you have a direct connection to Snowflake data from Power BI. You can import more data, create new visualizations, build reports, and more — all without replicating Snowflake data.

To get SQL data access to 200+ SaaS, Big Data, and NoSQL sources (including Snowflake) directly from your on-premise BI, reporting, ETL and other data applications, visit the CData Connect page and download a free trial.