ODBC Driver for WooCommerce

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macOS DSN Configuration

This section shows how to set up ODBC connectivity and configure DSNs on macOS.

Minimum macOS Version

The CData ODBC Driver for WooCommerce driver requires macOS Sierra (10.12) or above.

Licensing the Driver

In a terminal, run the following commands to license the driver. To activate a trial, omit the <key> input.

cd "/Applications/CData ODBC Driver for WooCommerce/bin"
sudo ./install-license <key>

You'll be prompted for a name and password. These refer to your name and your machine's password.

Connecting through a Driver Manager

On macOS, the CData ODBC Driver for WooCommerce is preconfigured for use with the iODBC driver manager, as are many other products like Filemaker Pro, Microsoft Excel, and Tableau. You can find the latest version of iODBC on the iODBC site.

The driver installation registers the driver with iODBC and creates a system DSN, which you can use in any tools or applications that support ODBC connectivity.

The driver manager loads the driver and passes function calls from the application to the driver. The driver must be registered with the driver manager and DSNs are defined in the driver manager's configuration files.

Configuring DSNs

To configure a DSN, you can use the iODBC Administrator 64-bit, the GUI installed with iODBC. Note that the ODBC Manager must match the bitness of the ODBC driver. The most recent version of the CData ODBC Driver for WooCommerce is 64-bit only. Alternatively, you can edit the iODBC configuration files.

You can configure User or System DSNs. User data sources are restricted to a user account. System data sources can be accessed by all users.

Configuring a DSN with the iODBC Administrator

You can create user DSNs by opening the iODBC Administrator 64-bit from Launchpad.

To modify the system DSN installed by the driver or create a system DSN, open the iODBC Administrator 64-bit with elevated permissions. To do so, enter the following command into a terminal:

sudo /Applications/iODBC/iODBC\ Administrator64.app/Contents/MacOS/iODBC\ Administrator64
After opening the iODBC Administrator 64-bit, you will see the CData WooCommerce Source listed under the System tab. Select the DSN and click the Configure button to set connection properties as name-value pairs.

To create your own DSN, instead click Add on the User or System tab and then select the CData ODBC Driver for WooCommerce option.

Connecting to WooCommerce

WooCommerce supports the following authentication methods: Basic Authentication, one-legged OAuth1.0 Authentication and standard OAuth2.0 Authentication.

Additionally, in order to connect to WooCommerce, you also must specify the URL of the instance to connect to.

Connecting using Basic Authentication

Some plugins and some servers may interfere with the Authorization header, if not configured properly.

For these cases, Basic authentication may be used. In this authentication mode, the user provides the consumer_key and the consumer_secret as user and password respectively.

These credentials are then sent as query parameters with each request.

Specify the following properties:

  • User - Set this to your consumer key
  • Password - Set this to your consumer secret
  • Url - Set this to the base URL of the WooCommerce instance to connect to.

Connecting using one-legged OAuth 1.0 Authentication

Specify the following properties (NOTE: the below credentials are generated from WooCommerce settings page and should not be confused with the credentials generated by using WordPress OAuth2.0 plugin):

  • ConsumerKey
  • ConsumerSecret
  • Url - Set this to the base URL of the WooCommerce instance to connect to.

Connecting using WordPress OAuth 2.0 Authentication

After having configured the OAuth2 Plugin plugin, you may connect to WooCommerce by providing the following connection proeprties:

  • OAuthClientId
  • OAuthClientSecret
  • CallbackURL
  • InitiateOAuth - Set this to either GETANDREFRESH or REFRESH
  • Url - Set this to the base URL of the WooCommerce instance to connect to.

In addition to the above connection parameters, you can optionally set the AuthScheme parameter to force the preferred authentication scheme.

  • AuthScheme - Set this to either Basic, OAuth or OAuthOneLegged, depending on your preferred authentication method.

Configuring a DSN in the iODBC INI Files

Configure DSNs in odbc.ini. Register ODBC drivers in odbcinst.ini.


Define ODBC data sources in sections in the odbc.ini file. User data sources can only be accessed by the user account whose home folder the odbc.ini is located in. System data sources can be accessed by all users.


Modifying iODBC's system-wide settings requires elevated permissions; to do so, you can use the sudo command to open a text editor from the terminal. For example:

sudo nano /Library/ODBC/odbc.ini

In addition to the connection properties required to connect to your data source, the Driver property specifies either a driver definition in the odbcinst.ini file or the path to the driver library.

[CData WooCommerce Source]
Driver = CData ODBC Driver for WooCommerce
ConsumerKey=WooCommerce ConsumerKey
ConsumerSecret=WooCommerce ConsumerSecret
Url=Url of the WooCommerce instance

Additionally, in the ODBC Data Sources section, the DSN must be set to a driver defined in the odbcinst.ini file. For example, below is the entry for the DSN created during the driver install:

[ODBC Data Sources]
CData WooCommerce Source = CData ODBC Driver for WooCommerce


You may need to modify the installed driver definition if you change the path to the driver library.

To register an ODBC driver, modify the odbcinst.ini file. With iODBC, drivers can be available to only one user account or drivers can be available system wide.


Drivers are defined in sections in the odbcinst.ini file. The section name specifies the name of the driver. In this section, the Driver property specifies the path to the driver library. The driver library is the .dylib file located in the lib subfolder of the installation directory, by default in /Applications/CData ODBC Driver for WooCommerce.

[CData ODBC Driver for WooCommerce]
Driver = /Applications/CData ODBC Driver for WooCommerce/lib/libwoocommerceodbc.dylib

The ODBC Drivers section must also contain a property with the driver name, set to "Installed". For example:

[ODBC Drivers]
CData ODBC Driver for WooCommerce = Installed

Testing the Connection

You can use the iODBC Demo, available in most iODBC installations, to connect to WooCommerce and execute SQL queries.

iODBC Demo

Complete the following steps to connect from the iODBC Demo:

  • Open Launchpad and search for "iODBC".
  • If you need to connect to WooCommerce from an application that can use only the ANSI ODBC API, click iODBC Demo Ansi. Otherwise, click iODBC Demo Unicode.
  • In the Environment menu, click Open Connection.
  • Select the DSN on the corresponding tab and test the connection.
You can now execute SQL statements to WooCommerce by clicking Execute SQL in the SQL menu.

Set the Driver Encoding

The ODBC drivers need to specify which encoding to use with the ODBC Driver Manager. By default, the CData ODBC Drivers for Mac are configured to use UTF-32 which is compatible with iODBC, but other Driver Managers may require alternative encoding.

Alternatively, if you are using the ODBC driver from an application that uses the ANSI ODBC API it may be necessary to set the ANSI code page. For example, to import Japanese characters in an ANSI application, you can specify the code page in the config file '/Applications/CData ODBC Driver for WooCommerce/lib/cdata.odbc.woocommerce.ini':

AnsiCodePage = 932

Uninstalling the Driver

The easiest way to uninstall the driver is to open a terminal and run the included uninstall.sh script, located in the installation directory. For example:

cd "/Applications/CData ODBC Driver for WooCommerce"
sudo ./uninstall.sh

Note: The script needs to be run from the installation directory.

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