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Use the CData ODBC Driver for xBase in Microsoft Power Query

You can use the CData xBase ODBC Driver with Microsoft Power Query. In this article, you will use the ODBC driver to import xBase data into Microsoft Power Query.

The CData ODBC Driver for xBase enables you to link to xBase data in Microsoft Power Query, ensuring that you see any updates. This article details how to use the ODBC driver to import xBase data into Microsoft Power Query.

Connect to xBase as an ODBC Data Source

If you have not already, first specify connection properties in an ODBC DSN (data source name). This is the last step of the driver installation. You can use the Microsoft ODBC Data Source Administrator to create and configure ODBC DSNs.

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.

Import xBase Data

Follow the steps below to import xBase data using standard SQL:

  1. From the ribbon in Excel, click Power Query -> From Other Data Sources -> From ODBC.

  2. Enter the ODBC connection string. Below is a connection string using the default DSN created when you install the driver: Provider=MSDASQL.1;Persist Security Info=False;DSN=CData xBase Source
  3. Enter the SELECT statement to import data with. For example:

    SELECT Company, SUM(Total) FROM Invoices GROUP BY ContactName
  4. Enter credentials, if required, and click Connect. The results of the query are displayed in the Query Editor Preview. You can combine queries from other data sources or refine the data with Power Query formulas. To load the query to the worksheet, click the Close and Load button.