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Microsoft SQL Server ODBC for Linux

This tutorial shows how to set up a data source and connect to a Microsoft® SQL Server® database using the command line. The tutorial uses the Microsoft ODBC Driver 13.1 for Microsoft SQL Server to connect to a Microsoft SQL Server 2016 Express database on the Linux® platform.

Step 1. Verify the driver installation.

The ODBC driver is typically preinstalled on your computer. For details about the driver installation or troubleshooting the installation, contact your database administrator or refer to your database documentation on ODBC drivers.

If you need to install an ODBC driver, contact your database administrator or see Install the Microsoft ODBC Driver for SQL Server (Linux).

Step 2. Set up the data source.

Follow the instructions in Connecting to SQL Server to create a data source name (DSN).

Step 3. Connect using the command line.

  1. Connect to the database using the configured DSN, user name username, and password pwd with the odbc function. For example, this code assumes that you are connecting to an ODBC data source MSSQL.

    datasource = "MSSQL";
    username = "username";
    password = "pwd";
    conn = odbc(datasource,username,password);
  2. Close the database connection.


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