Connect to Microsoft Access with ODBC from Windows


This article explains how to connect to Microsoft Access with ODBC from Windows 10.

It covers the following topics:

  1. How to connect to Microsoft Access (with code samples).
  2. How to setup ODBC:
    • Configure ODBC using the ODBC Data Source Administrator:

      We recommend using system DSNs (available to all users).

Connect to Microsoft Access [top]

We strongly recommend using connection objects to connect to databases, and this is what we demonstrate in the code samples.

Follow these steps to connect:

  1. Create a new channel to try out the code:
    • Create a channel like this:
      • Name: DB Access Connection (or similar)
      • Source: From Translator
      • Destination: To Channel
    • Alternatively use an existing channel:

      Your channel will need a From/To Translator or a Filter component.

  2. Connect to a database using ODBC:
    • Paste this code into the Translator:

      If your script uses connection object methods conn:query{} or conn:execute{}to connect to a remote Microsoft SQL Server database, the location of the remote host is specified as part of the name parameter in the db.connect{ } command. If you use conn:merge{} to connect the remote host is specified as part of the name parameter in the conn:merge{} command itself.

      function main()
            local conn = db.connect{   
            user='',      -- use empty string for integrated security
            password='',  -- use empty string for integrated security
            use_unicode = true,
            live = true
         conn:execute{sql='SELECT * FROM <your table>', live=true}
    • The name is the name of an ODBC source that you create using the ODBC Administrator.
  3. Adapt the code to your requirements.

Setup ODBC [top]

To set up a new ODBC data source for Microsoft Access:

  1. Install the latest Microsoft Access Database Engine Redistributable:

    At the time of writing this was the 2016 version. This version contains 64 bit ODBC drivers.

  2. Open the 64 bit ODBC Administrator:

    Windows 10 (64 bit version) supports 32 and 64 bit ODBC sources — always use the 64 bit ODBC Administrator.

    • Search for ODBC and choose ODBC Data Sources (64 bit):
      search for ODBC
    • Right Click and choose Run as Administrator:
      run as administrator
  3. Open the System DSN tab and click Add:
    odbc system dsn
  4. Choose the latest Access ODBC driver and click Finish:
    Choose the latest Access ODBC driver
  5. Enter the ODBC credentials:
    • Use any Name and Description you prefer.
    • Click Select and browse to choose your Access database file.
    • Alternatively you Create a new database.
    • Click OK to create the ODBC data source:
      Enter Access DB credentials
  6. Your Access ODBC source should now be ready to use.

Troubleshooting [top]

  • Problems with connection settings:

    Speak to your DBA (database administrator) for general connection issues like: User name and password, Database Server network name etc.

  • Using integrated security:

    Using integrated security is the usual way to connect to a Microsoft Access database. If this does not work speak to your DBA (database administrator) about the user credentials you should use to connect to the database.

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