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

This topic shows you how to connect to a PostgreSQL data source from the Choose a Data Source or Choose a Destination page of the SQL Server Import and Export Wizard.


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

Get the PostgreSQL ODBC driver

Install the ODBC driver with Stack Builder

Run Stack Builder to add the PostgreSQL ODBC driver (psqlODBC) to your installation of PostgreSQL.

Install PostgreSQL ODBC with Stack Builder

Or, download the latest ODBC driver

Or, download the Windows installer for the latest version of the PostgreSQL ODBC driver (psqlODBC) directly from this FTP site - Extract the files from the .zip file and run the .msi file.

Connect to PostgreSQL with the PostgreSQL ODBC driver (psqlODBC)

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 PostgreSQL with ODBC before

Options to specify (PostgreSQL ODBC driver)


The connection options for this data provider and ODBC driver are the same whether PostgreSQL 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 PostgreSQL with the PostgreSQL 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.


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.

The name of the ODBC driver - either PostgreSQL ODBC Driver(UNICODE) or PostgreSQL ODBC Driver(ANSI).

The name of the PostgreSQL server.

The port to use to connect to the PostgreSQL server.

The name of the PostgreSQL database.

Uid and Pwd
The Uid (user id) and Pwd (password) to connect.

Connection string format

Here's the format of a typical connection string.

Driver={PostgreSQL ODBC Driver(UNICODE)};Server=<server>;Port=<port>;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={PostgreSQL ODBC Driver(UNICODE)};Server=;Port=5432;Database=postgres;UID=postgres;PWD=********

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

Connect to PostgreSQL with ODBC

Other data providers and more info

For info about how to connect to PostgreSQL with a data provider that's not listed here, see PostgreSQL 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