Database Drivers Overview

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Database Drivers Overview

The following table lists common database drivers you can use to connect to a particular database through a particular data access technology. Note that this list does not aim to be either exhaustive or prescriptive; you can use other native or third party alternatives in addition to the drivers shown below.

 

Even though a number of database drivers might be already available on your Windows operating system, you may still need to download an alternative driver. For some databases, the latest driver supplied by the database vendor is likely to perform better than the driver that shipped with the operating system.

 

Database vendors may provide drivers either as separate downloadable packages, or bundled with database client software. In the latter case, the database client software normally includes any required database drivers, or provides you with an option during installation to select the drivers and components you wish to install. Database client software typically consists of administration and configuration utilities used to simplify database administration and connectivity, as well as documentation on how to install and configure the database client and any of its components.

 

Configuring the database client correctly is crucial for establishing a successful connection to the database. Before installing and using the database client software, it is strongly recommended to read carefully the installation and configuration instructions of the database client; these may vary for each database version and for each Windows version.

 

To understand the capabilities and limitations of each data access technology with respect to each database type, refer to the documentation of that particular database product and also test the connection against your specific environment. To avoid common connectivity issues, note the following:

 

Some ADO.NET providers are not supported or have limited support. See ADO.NET Support Notes.
When installing a database driver, it is recommended that it has the same platform as the Altova application (32-bit or 64-bit). For example, if you are using a 32-bit Altova application on a 64-bit operating system, install the 32-bit driver, and set up your database connection using the 32-bit driver, see also Viewing the Available ODBC Drivers.
When setting up an ODBC data source, it is recommended to create the data source name (DSN) as System DSN instead of User DSN. For more information, see Setting up an ODBC Connection.
When setting up a JDBC data source, ensure that JRE (Java Runtime Environment) or Java Development Kit (JDK) is installed and that the CLASSPATH environment variable of the operating system is configured. For more information, see Setting up a JDBC Connection.
For the installation instructions and support details of any drivers or database client software that you install from a database vendor, check the documentation provided with the installation package.

 

Database

Interface

Drivers

Firebird

ADO.NET

Firebird ADO.NET Data Provider (https://www.firebirdsql.org/en/additional-downloads/)

JDBC

Firebird JDBC driver ( https://www.firebirdsql.org/en/jdbc-driver/ )

ODBC

Firebird ODBC driver ( https://www.firebirdsql.org/en/odbc-driver/ )

IBM DB2

ADO

IBM OLE DB Provider for DB2

ADO.NET

IBM Data Server Provider for .NET

JDBC

IBM Data Server Driver for JDBC and SQLJ

ODBC

IBM DB2 ODBC Driver

IBM DB2 for i

ADO

IBM DB2 for i5/OS IBMDA400 OLE DB Provider
IBM DB2 for i5/OS IBMDARLA OLE DB Provider
IBM DB2 for i5/OS IBMDASQL OLE DB Provider

ADO.NET

.NET Framework Data Provider for IBM i

JDBC

IBM Toolbox for Java JDBC Driver

ODBC

iSeries Access ODBC Driver

IBM Informix

ADO

IBM Informix OLE DB Provider

JDBC

IBM Informix JDBC Driver

ODBC

IBM Informix ODBC Driver

Microsoft Access

ADO

Microsoft Jet OLE DB Provider
Microsoft Access Database Engine OLE DB Provider

ADO.NET

.NET Framework Data Provider for OLE DB

ODBC

Microsoft Access Driver

MariaDB

ADO.NET

In the absence of a dedicated .NET connector for MariaDB, use Connector/NET for MySQL (https://dev.mysql.com/downloads/connector/net/).

JDBC

MariaDB Connector/J (https://downloads.mariadb.org/)

ODBC

MariaDB Connector/ODBC (https://downloads.mariadb.org/)

Microsoft SQL Server

ADO

Microsoft OLE DB Provider for SQL Server
SQL Server Native Client

ADO.NET

.NET Framework Data Provider for SQL Server
.NET Framework Data Provider for OLE DB

JDBC

ODBC

SQL Server Native Client

MySQL

ADO.NET

Connector/NET (https://dev.mysql.com/downloads/connector/net/)

JDBC

Connector/J ( https://dev.mysql.com/downloads/connector/j/ )

ODBC

Connector/ODBC ( https://dev.mysql.com/downloads/connector/odbc/ )

Oracle

ADO

Oracle Provider for OLE DB
Microsoft OLE DB Provider for Oracle

ADO.NET

Oracle Data Provider for .NET (http://www.oracle.com/technetwork/topics/dotnet/index-085163.html)

JDBC

JDBC Thin Driver
JDBC Oracle Call Interface (OCI) Driver

These drivers are typically installed during the installation of your Oracle database client. Connect through the OCI Driver (not the Thin Driver) if you are using the Oracle XML DB component.

ODBC

Microsoft ODBC for Oracle
Oracle ODBC Driver (typically installed during the installation of your Oracle database client)

PostgreSQL

JDBC

PostgreSQL JDBC Driver ( https://jdbc.postgresql.org/download.html )

ODBC

psqlODBC ( https://odbc.postgresql.org/ )

Native Connection

Available. There is no need to install any drivers if using native connection.

Progress OpenEdge

JDBC

JDBC Connector ( https://www.progress.com/jdbc/openedge )

ODBC

ODBC Connector ( https://www.progress.com/odbc/openedge )

SQLite

Native Connection

Available. There is no need to install any drivers if using native connection.

Sybase

ADO

Sybase ASE OLE DB Provider

JDBC

jConnect™ for JDBC

ODBC

Sybase ASE ODBC Driver

Teradata

ADO.NET

.NET Data Provider for Teradata (https://downloads.teradata.com/download/connectivity/net-data-provider-for-teradata)

JDBC

Teradata JDBC Driver (https://downloads.teradata.com/download/connectivity/jdbc-driver)

ODBC

Teradata ODBC Driver for Windows (https://downloads.teradata.com/download/connectivity/odbc-driver/windows)


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