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This page outlines the steps to connect Mendix to your CData Connect OData Endpoint.


Before you connect, you must first do the following:

  • Connect a data source to your CData Connect account. See Data Model for more information.

  • Configure your OData tables and columns from your data sources.

  • Generate an Authtoken on the Users page. Copy this down, as it acts as your password during authentication.

Note: To connect Mendix to CData Connect, your CData Connect instance must be hosted in an internet-facing server that is accessible to other entities through a stable URL (for example, If your instance of CData Connect is hosted locally and only accessible from a localhost address (for example, localhost:8080) or local network IP address (for example, 192.168.1.x), it will not be able to communicate with Mendix.

Connecting to CData Connect

To establish a connection from Mendix to your CData Connect OData API, follow these steps.

Step 1: Downloading the OData Metadata File

When creating a connection in Mendix, the connection flow requires a Data Source Contract File. Follow these steps to download the OData metadata file for CData Connect using curl, a command line tool:

  1. Open a command-line window for your operating system.

    • On Windows, open the start menu, type cmd, and press the enter key to open a command prompt.

    • On macOS and Linux, open a Terminal window.

  2. To check if curl is installed on your system, type curl -help and press the enter key. If it is not installed, install it from the curl website.

  3. Issue the following curl command: curl -u [user]:[Authtoken] [baseURL]/odata.rsc/$metadata -o metadata.xml

    • Replace [user] with your CData Connect username.

    • Replace [Authtoken] with the Authtoken you generated above.

    • Replace [baseURL] with the address of your CData Connect server (for example,

  4. Locate the metadata.xml file that the curl command created and move it to an accessible location.

Step 2: Connecting to CData Connect in Mendix

Follow these steps to establish a connection from Mendix to CData Connect:

  1. Login to Mendix and open the Data Hub page.

  2. In the Register a Data Source section, select OData.

  3. Upload the metadata.xml file from the steps above and click Next.

  4. Enter your desired values for Data Source Name and Data Source Version.

  5. In the Data Source Relative Path field, enter /odata.rsc/ and click Next.

  6. On the Application information page, click Register a new application.

  7. Enter a name in Application Name and select a technical owner (by default, this is the user who is currently logged in).

  8. Click Next. In the Environment Name field, enter a desired name (for example, CData Connect).

  9. In the Environment Location field, enter the base URL of your Mendix server. This is also displayed in the connection modal in Mendix.

  10. Select Non-Production for the environment type.

  11. Click Done! to create your connection.

You can now use your connection in Mendix Studio Pro.