You can quickly import data from your SQL Server into Exploratory.

1. Create a connection for MS SQL Server

First, you want to create a connection for SQL Server.

After filling the below database information:

  • Host - Host name of the SQL Server

  • Port - Port number for the SQL Server.

  • Database - Database Name

  • MS SQL Server ODBC Driver - It shows list of installed drivers. Regardless of the driver selected here, when you publish a Data source that uses the connection, ODBC Driver 17 for SQL Server is used for Scheduling. (Both exploratory.io and Collaboration Server have ODBC Driver 17 for SQL Server)

  • Username - Username of the SQL Server

  • Password - Password of the SQL Server

To Install ODBC Driver for SQL Server, please follow the instruction.

Click ‘Test Connection’ button to make sure the information is correct, before you save it.


If you use Mac and installed ODBC Driver 17 for SQL Server version 17.8 or older, you might see the below error when connection to your SQL Server

[08001][Microsoft][ODBC Driver 17 for SQL Server]SSL Provider: [OpenSSL library could not be loaded, make sure OpenSSL 1.0 or 1.1 is installed]


[08000][Microsoft][ODBC Driver 17 for SQL Server]TCP Provider: Error code 0x2746 [Microsoft][ODBC Driver 17 for SQL Server]Client unable to establish connection

If this is the case, try the below steps: It assume you use brew to install openssl and brew prefix is /usr/local. (you can check it with brew --prefix) Please note 1.1.1s might vary for the last character.

$ rm -rf /usr/local/opt/openssl

$ ln -s /usr/local/Cellar/openssl@1.1/1.1.1s /usr/local/opt/openssl

Then restart Exploratory.

2. Open SQL Server Import dialog

Select 'Import Database Data' from Add New Data Frame menu.

Click SQL Server to select.

3. Preview and Import

Click "Run" button to see the data back from your SQL Server.

If it looks ok, then you can click 'Import' to import the data into Exploratory.

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