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Query Workday Data in MySQL Workbench

Execute MySQL queries against live Workday data from MySQL Workbench.

You can use the SQL Gateway from the ODBC Driver for Workday to query Workday data through a MySQL interface. Follow the procedure below to start the MySQL remoting service of the SQL Gateway and work with live Workday data in MySQL Workbench.

Connect to Workday 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.

To connect, there are three pieces of information required: Authentication, API URL, and WSDL URL.


To authenticate, specify your User and Password. Note that you must append your Tenant to your User separated by an '@' character. For instance, if you normally log in with 'geraldg' and your Tenant is 'mycompany_mc1', then your User should be specified as 'geraldg@mycompany_mc1'.


The API URL may be specified either directly via APIURL, or it may be constructed from the Tenant, Service, and Host. The APIURL is constructed in the following format: <Host>/ccx/service/<Tenant>/<Service>.


The WSDLURL may be specified in its entirety, or may be constructed from the Service and WSDLVersion connection properties. The WSDLURL is constructed in the following format:<Service>/<WSDLVersion>/<Service>.wsdl

Configure the SQL Gateway

See the SQL Gateway Overview to set up connectivity to Workday data as a virtual MySQL database. You will configure a MySQL remoting service that listens for MySQL requests from clients. The service can be configured in the SQL Gateway UI.

Query Workday from MySQL Workbench

The steps below outline connecting to the virtual Workday database created in the SQL Gateway from MySQL Workbench and issuing basic queries to work with live Workday data.

Connect to Workday through the SQL Gateway

  1. In MySQL Workbench, click to add a new MySQL connection.
  2. Name the connection (CData SQL Gateway for Workday).
  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 Workday Data

  1. Open the connection you just created (CData SQL Gateway for Workday).
  2. Click File -> New Query Tab.
  3. Write a SQL query to retrieve Workday data, like SELECT * FROM `CData Workday Sys`.Workers;

With access to live Workday data from MySQL Workbench, you can easily query and update Workday, just like you would a MySQL database. Get started now with a free, 30-day trial of the CData ODBC Driver for Workday and the CData SQL Gateway.