5.3.1 Configuring a Connector/ODBC 5.x DSN on Windows

Due to the native Unicode support within Connector/ODBC, you do not need to specify the initial character set to be used with your connection.

To add or configure a Connector/ODBC 5.x DSN on Windows, use either the command-line, or the ODBC Data Source Administrator GUI.

  1. Open the ODBC Data Source Administrator.

  2. To create a System DSN (which will be available to all users), select the System DSN tab. To create a User DSN, which will be unique only to the current user, click the Add... button.

  3. Select the ODBC driver for this DSN.

    MySQL ODBC Driver Selection Dialog

    Select MySQL ODBC 5.x Driver for the appropriate level of Connector/ODBC, then click Finish.

  4. You now need to configure the specific fields for the DSN you are creating through the Connection Parameters dialog.

    Add Data Source Name Dialog for Connector/ODBC 5.2

    In the Data Source Name box, enter the name of the data source to access. It can be any valid name that you choose.

  5. In the Description box, enter some text to help identify the connection.

  6. In the Server field, enter the name of the MySQL server host to access. By default, it is localhost.

  7. In the User field, enter the user name to use for this connection.

  8. In the Password field, enter the corresponding password for this connection.

  9. The Database pop-up should automatically populate with the list of databases that the user has permissions to access.

  10. To communicate over a different TCP/IP port than the default (3306), change the value of the Port.

  11. Click OK to save the DSN.

To verify the connection using the parameters you have entered, click the Test button. If the connection could be made successfully, you will be notified with a Success; connection was made! dialog.

You can configure a number of options for a specific DSN by using the Details button.

Connector/ODBC Connect Options Dialog

The Details button opens a tabbed display where you set additional options:

The Advanced tab lets you configure Connector/ODBC connection parameters. Refer to Section 5.2, “Connector/ODBC Connection Parameters”, for information about the meaning of these options.