Query xBase Data in MySQL Workbench

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xBase ODBC Driver

The xBase ODBC Driver is a powerful tool that allows you to connect with live xBase- compatible databases, directly from any applications that support ODBC connectivity.

Access xBase databases like FoxPro & Clipper (.dbf, .ndx, .ntx, .dbt, etc) from virtually anywhere through a standard ODBC Driver interface.

Execute MySQL queries against live xBase data from MySQL Workbench.

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

Connect to xBase 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.

The DataSource property must be set to the name of the folder that contains the .dbf files. Specify the IncludeFiles property to work with xBase table files having extensions that differ from .dbf. Specify multiple extensions in a comma-separated list.

Configure the SQL Gateway

See the SQL Gateway Overview to set up connectivity to xBase 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 xBase from MySQL Workbench

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

Connect to xBase through the SQL Gateway

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

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

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