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Microsoft SQL Server ODBC for macOS DSN-Less Connection

This tutorial shows how to verify your driver installation and connect to a Microsoft® SQL Server® database using a DSN-less connection string at the MATLAB® command line. A DSN-less connection string enables you to make a connection to the database without specifying a data source name (DSN). The tutorial uses the Microsoft ODBC Driver 18.1 for SQL Server to connect to a Microsoft SQL Server 2016 Express database on the Apple macOS platform.

Step 1. Verify the driver installation.

The ODBC driver is typically preinstalled on your computer. To verify that your computer has the driver, look for the libmsodbcsql.18.dylib driver installation in the folder /usr/local/Cellar/msodbcsql18/ If you need to install an ODBC driver, contact your database administrator or see Install the Microsoft ODBC Driver for SQL Server on the Microsoft website. For details about the driver installation or troubleshooting the installation, contact your database administrator or refer to your database documentation on ODBC drivers.

Step 2. Connect using the DSN-less connection string and command line.

Connect to the database using the DSN-less connection string and the shipped ODBC driver with the odbc function. This example assumes that you are connecting to a database server dbtb12, the port number is 54317, toy_store is the database name, username is the user name, password is the password, and driverLocation is the location of the shipped driver.

driverLocation = "/usr/local/Cellar/msodbcsql18/";
dsnless = strcat("Driver=",driverLocation,";Server=dbtb12,54317;UID=username;PWD=password;Database=toy_store")
conn = odbc(dsnless)

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