Connect to a MySQL Data Source (SQL Server Import and Export Wizard)

APPLIES TO: yesSQL Server, including on Linux yesAzure SQL Database yesAzure SQL Data Warehouse noParallel Data Warehouse

This topic shows you how to connect to an MySQL data source from the Choose a Data Source or Choose a Destination page of the SQL Server Import and Export Wizard. There are several data providers that you can use to connect to MySQL.

Important

The detailed requirements and prerequisites for connecting to a MySQL database are beyond the scope of this Microsoft article. This article assumes that you already have MySQL client software installed and that you can already connect successfully to the target MySQL database. For more info, consult your MySQL database administrator or the MySQL documentation.

Get the MySQL connectors

Download the providers and drivers described in this topic from the MySQL Connectors page.

Connect to MySQL with the .Net Framework Data Provider for MySQL

After you select .NET Framework Data Provider for MySQL on the Choose a Data Source or Choose a Destination page of the wizard, the page presents a grouped list of options for the provider. Many of these are unfriendly names and unfamiliar settings. Fortunately, you only have to provide a few pieces of information. You can ignore the default values for the other settings.

Note

The connection options for this data provider are the same whether MySQL is your source or your destination. That is, the options you see are the same on both the Choose a Data Source and the Choose a Destination pages of the wizard.

Required info .Net Framework Data Provider for MySQL property
Server name Server
Database name Database
Authentication (login) info User Id and Password

You don't have to enter the connection string in the ConnectionString field of the list. After you enter individual values for the MySQL server name (Server) and login info, the wizard assembles the connection string from the individual properties and their values.

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Connect to MySQL with the MySQL ODBC driver

ODBC drivers aren't listed in the drop-down list of data sources. To connect with an ODBC driver, start by selecting the .NET Framework Data Provider for ODBC as the data source on the Choose a Data Source or Choose a Destination page. This provider acts as a wrapper around the ODBC driver.

Here's the generic screen that you see immediately after selecting the .NET Framework Data Provider for ODBC.

Connect to SQL with ODBC before

Options to specify (MySQL ODBC Driver)

Note

The connection options for this data provider and ODBC driver are the same whether MySQL is your source or your destination. That is, the options you see are the same on both the Choose a Data Source and the Choose a Destination pages of the wizard.

To connect to MySQL with the MySQL ODBC driver, assemble a connection string that includes the following settings and their values. The format of a complete connection string immediately follows the list of settings.

Tip

Get help assembling a connection string that's just right. Or, instead of providing a connection string, provide an existing DSN (data source name) or create a new one. For more info about these options, see Connect to an ODBC Data Source.

Driver
The name of the ODBC driver.

Server
The name of the MySQL server.

Database
The name of the MySQL database.

UID and PWD
The user id and password to connect.

Connection string format

Here's the format of a typical connection string.

```
Driver={MySQL ODBC 5.3 Unicode Driver};Server=<server>;Database=<database>;UID=<user id>;PWD=<password>
```

Enter the connection string

Enter the connection string in the ConnectionString field, or enter the DSN name in the Dsn field, on the Choose a Data Source or Choose a Destination page. After you enter the connection string, the wizard parses the string and displays the individual properties and their values in the list.

The following example uses this connection string.

```
Driver={MySQL ODBC 5.3 Unicode Driver};Server=127.0.0.1;Database=world;UID=root;PWD=********
```

Here's the screen that you see after entering the connection string.

Connect to MySQL with ODBC

Other data providers and more info

For info about how to connect to MySQL with a data provider that's not listed here, see MySQL connection strings. This third-party site also contains more info about the data providers and the connection parameters described on this page.

See also

Choose a Data Source
Choose a Destination