You can quickly import data from your Snowflake into Exploratory.

Prerequisite: ODBC Drivers

To use the Snowflake Data Source, you need to install ODBC driver.

Install ODBC Driver for Windows

To Install ODBC Driver for Snowflake for Windows, please follow the instruction

Install ODBC Driver for Mac

First, you need to install homebrew to manage your packages and you have the necessary admin rights on your machine.

Homebrew installation: link

  1. Install unixodbc

    Install with your shell/terminal:

brew install unixodbc

Then follow the instruction to install Mac ODBC Driver. Once installed, now you need to register the ODBC driver.

Since now you installed the unixODBC, you can use odbcinst command from Terminal. And if you try odbcinst -j, you can know the location of driver registration file (odbcinst.ini) like below.

➜ ~ odbcinst -j
unixODBC 2.3.9
DRIVERS............: /usr/local/etc/odbcinst.ini
SYSTEM DATA SOURCES: /usr/local/etc/odbc.ini
FILE DATA SOURCES..: /usr/local/etc/ODBCDataSources
USER DATA SOURCES..: /Users/exploratory/.odbc.ini
SQLULEN Size.......: 8
SQLLEN Size........: 8

So add the below to the odbcinst.ini file

Description=Snowflake DSII

1. Create a connection for Snowflake

First, you want to create a connection for Snowflake.

After filling the below database information:

  • Host - Snowflake server

  • Warehouse - Warehouse Name

  • Database - Database Name

  • ODBC Driver Name for Snowflake - It shows list of installed drivers. Regardless of the driver selected here, when you publish a Data source that uses the connection, "/usr/lib64/snowflake/odbc/lib/" is used for Scheduling. (Both and Collaboration Server have /usr/lib64/snowflake/odbc/lib/

  • Username - Username of the Snowflake

  • Password - Password of the Snowflake

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

2. Open Snowflake Import dialog

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

Click Snowflake to select.

3. Preview and Import

Click "Run" button to see the data back from Snowflake.

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