Set Up a DSN on Linux and Other UNIX

Linux does not provide an ODBC driver manager, so you have to obtain one.

This section explains how to install and configure unixODBC.

Install UnixODBC

This section explains how to install the package “unixODBC”.

For Linux distributions based on RPM packaging system such as CentOS, execute this:

yum install unixODBC

For the ones based on the Debian packaging system like Ubuntu execute this:

apt-get install unixODBC

If you cannot install it using any packaging system, download it and compile it. To do this, follow these steps:

  1. Download the latest version of the source code from

  2. Execute the following commands to extract the source code and compile it:

    tar -zxf unixODBC*.tar.gz
    cd unixODBC
  1. Execute the following command:

    sudo make install

Register the Denodo ODBC Driver in UnixODBC

Follow these steps to register the Denodo ODBC driver in the unixODBC driver manager:

  1. Create a new file denodoODBCDriver.template with the content below:

    Description=ODBC driver for Denodo 6.0
  1. Execute the following command to register the Denodo driver in the ODBC Driver Manager:

    sudo odbcinst -install -driver -file denodoODBCDriver.template

To list the ODBC drivers registered in the driver manager, execute this:

sudo odbcinst -query -driver

The result should list the new driver: DenodoODBCDriver.

To uninstall the driver, execute:

sudo odbcinst -uninstall -driver -name DenodoODBCDriver

Configure the DSN in UnixODBC

To register a new DSN in unixODBC, follow these steps:

  1. Create a file called denodoDSN.template with the content below:
Description = VDP connection
Driver = DenodoODBCDriver
Servername = <host name>
Port = <Virtual DataPort ODBC port. Default is 9996>
UserName = <Virtual DataPort user name>
Password = <Password>
Database = <Virtual DataPort database>
Application_name = <name of the application that will use the DSN>
Protocol = 7.4
BoolsAsChar = False
ByteaAsLongVarBinary= 1
ConnSettings = SET QUERYTIMEOUT TO 3600000; SET I18N TO us_pst; /*krbsrvname=HTTP*/
Debug = No
DebugFile = ~/unixODBC/log/debug.log
FakeOidIndex = No
Fetch = 1000
Ksqo = 0
LFConversion = Yes
Optimizer = 0
ReadOnly = No
RowVersioning = No
ServerType = Postgres
ShowOidColumn = No
ShowSystemTables = No
# Uncomment the "Sslmode" property if SSL is enabled in the
# Virtual DataPort Server
# Sslmode = require
Trace = No
TraceFile = ~/unixODBC/log/trace.log
UniqueIndex = Yes
UpdatableCursors = No
UseDeclareFetch = 1
UseServerSidePrepare= 0

If the name of the database contains non-ASCII characters, they have to be URL-encoded. For example, if the name of the database is “テスト”, set the property Database to %E3%83%86%E3%82%B9%E3%83%88.

As the property UseDeclareFetch is enabled, the DSN will use DECLARE CURSOR/FETCH to handle SELECT statements. The effect is that the DSN will retrieve the rows of the result set in blocks, instead of retrieving them all at once. The Fetch property establishes the number of rows of each block. This property is equivalent to the “Fetch size” of the JDBC connections.

If you set the property Debug to Yes, the driver logs all the requests received by this DSN to the file set in the property DebugFile.

In a production environment, we strongly recommend setting the value of this property to No because logging all the requests impacts the performance of the driver and the log file may grow to a very large size.

In the ConnSettings property, you can set the properties of the connection established with Virtual DataPort, by adding the following statements:

  1. SET QUERYTIMEOUT TO <value> to change the query time out (value in milliseconds).
  2. SET i18n TO <i18n> to change the i18n of the connection.

For example, to set the default timeout of the queries to one hour, set the value of the property ConnSettings to the following:

ConnSettings=SET QUERYTIMEOUT TO 3600000; SET I18N TO us_pst

Note the ; between each statement.

Read Parameters of the ODBC driver and their default value to learn how these properties work, and their default value.

If you have enabled SSL in the Virtual DataPort server to secure the communications, add the following property to this configuration file:

  1. Add the following ConnSettings property to connect to Virtual DataPort using Kerberos authentication:



    This line has to be the last thing on the ConnSettings property.

    If Kerberos authentication is enabled on the Denodo database you are connecting to, the driver will ignore the value of the properties “UserName” and “Password”. Instead, it will obtain a Kerberos ticket from the system cache.

    To be able to use Kerberos authentication, the configuration of the DSN has to meet these conditions:

    1. The database that the DSN will connect to is configured with the option “ODBC/ authentication type” set to “Kerberos”.
    2. The client has to belong to the Windows domain. The reasons is that the ODBC driver uses the ticket cache of the operating system to obtain “ticket-granting ticket” (TGT).
    3. In the property Servername, enter the fully qualified domain name of the Denodo server. That is, if if in the Denodo server, in the Kerberos configuration, the field Server principal is HTTP/, enter
  2. The value of the property application_name should be the name of the application that will use this DSN. We recommend setting this attribute in all the connections to Virtual DataPort because is very useful for logging purposes and debugging problems caused by a particular client.

  1. Execute this to register the new DSN:
odbcinst -install -s -l -f denodoDSN.template

The parameter -l registers the DSN as a “system DSN”. “System DSNs” are available to all the users.

If you do not have enough privileges to register a “system DSN”, replace -l with -h to register the DSN as a “user DSN” instead. If you do this, execute this command with the same user name that you execute the client application that needs to access to this DSN. The reason is that “user DSNs” are only available to the user that registers them.

To list the DSNs registered in the ODBC driver manager, execute this:

odbcinst -query -s

The result should list the new DSN: denodo_acme_DSN.

To delete a DSN from the driver manager, execute this:

odbcinst -uninstall -s -name denodo_acme_DSN
After setting up the DSN, we recommend reading the section Integration with Third-Party Applications, specially the section Increasing the Performance of the Denodo ODBC Driver.