Configuring ODBC on Mac OS X

Jan 24, 2017

ODBC driver managers use configuration files to define and configure ODBC data sources and drivers. To configure an ODBC connection for Linux or Mac OS X, complete the following steps:

Step 1: Copy Sample Configuration Files

Before you connect to Drill through an ODBC client tool on Mac OS X, copy the following configuration files in /opt/mapr/drill/Setup to your home directory unless the files already exist in your home directory:

  • mapr.drillodbc.ini
  • .odbc.ini
  • .odbcinst.ini

In your home directory, rename the files as hidden files. Use sudo if necessary:

  • .mapr.drillodbc.ini
  • .odbc.ini
  • .odbcinst.ini

The installer for Mac OS X creates a sample user DSN in odbc.ini in either of the following locations:

  • ~/Library/ODBC/odbc.ini
  • ~/.odbc.ini

Depending on the driver manager you use, the user DSN in one of these files will be effective.


The System and User DSN use different ini files in different locations on OS X.

Step 2: Set Environment Variables

Create or modify the /etc/launchd.conf file to set environment variables. Set the MAPRDRILLINI variable to point to the .mapr.drillodbc.ini file.

If you installed the iODBC driver manager using the DMG, the dynamic linker (DYLD) libraries are installed in /usr/local/iODBC/lib. The launchd.conf file should look something like this:

setenv MAPRDRILLINI /Users/joeuser/.mapr.drillodbc.ini
setenv ODBCINI /Users/joeuser/.odbc.ini

Restart the Mac OS X or run launchctl load /etc/launchd.conf.

Step 3: Define the ODBC Data Sources in .odbc.ini

Define the ODBC data sources in the ~/.odbc.ini configuration file for your environment.

You set the following properties for using Drill in embedded mode:


You set the following properties for using Drill in distributed mode:

ZKQuorum=<host name>:<port>,<host name>:<port> . . . <host name>:<port>
ZKClusterID=<cluster name in `drill-override.conf`>

Authentication Properties

If the Drillbit requires a username and password for authentication, uncomment the AuthenticationType, select Basic Authentication for the AuthenticationType, and configure UID and PWD properties.

Direct and ZooKeeper Quorum Properties

To use Drill in distributed mode, set ConnectionType to Zookeeper, get the ZKQuorum and ZKClusterID values from the drill-override.conf file, and define the ZKQuorum and ZKClusterID properties. Format ZKQuorum as a comma separated list of ZooKeeper nodes in the following format:
<host name/ip address> : <port number>, <host name/ip address> : <port number>, . . .

For example:

  • ZKQuorum=centos23:5181,centos28:5181,centos29:5181
  • ZKClusterID=docs41cluster-drillbits

To use Drill in local mode, do not define the ZKQuorum and ZKClusterID properties. Start Drill using the drill-localhost command, set ConnectionType to Direct, and define HOST and PORT properties. For example:

  • HOST=centos32.lab:5181
  • PORT=31010

Driver Configuration Options describes configuration options available for controlling the behavior of DSNs using the MapR Drill ODBC Driver.

Sample Configuration File

The following sample shows a possible configuration for using Drill in embedded mode.


The password should be provided in the connection string or ODBC application at connection time, not in the INI file.

# Specify any global ODBC configuration here such as ODBC tracing.

[ODBC Data Sources]
Sample MapR Drill=MapR Drill ODBC Driver

[Sample MapR Drill]
# Description: DSN Description.
# This key is not necessary and only describes the data source.
Description=Sample MapR Drill ODBC Driver DSN
# Driver: The location where the ODBC driver is installed.

# The DriverUnicodeEncoding setting is only used for SimbaDM
# When set to 1, SimbaDM runs in UTF-16 mode.
# When set to 2, SimbaDM runs in UTF-8 mode.

# Values for ConnectionType, AdvancedProperties, Catalog, Schema should be set here.

# If ConnectionType is Direct, include Host and Port. If ConnectionType is ZooKeeper, include ZKQuorum and ZKClusterID
# They can also be specified on the connection string.
# AuthenticationType: No authentication; Basic Authentication
ZKQuorum=[Zookeeper Quorum]
ZKClusterID=[Cluster ID]
AuthenticationType=No Authentication

Step 4: Configure the MapR Drill ODBC Driver

Configure the MapR Drill ODBC Driver for your environment by modifying the .mapr.drillodbc.ini configuration file. This configures the driver to work with your ODBC driver manager. The following sample shows a possible configuration, which you can use as is if you installed the default iODBC driver manager.


## - Note that this default DriverManagerEncoding of UTF-32 is for iODBC.


Configuring .mapr.drillodbc.ini

To configure the MapR Drill ODBC Driver in the mapr.drillodbc.ini configuration file, complete the following steps:

  1. Open the mapr.drillodbc.ini configuration file in a text editor.
  2. Edit the DisableAsync setting if you want to enable a synchronous ODBC connection for performance reasons. Change the default 0 to 1 to disable the asynchronous and enable the synchronous connection.
    A change in state occurs during driver initialization and is propagated to all driver DSNs.
  3. Edit the DriverManagerEncoding setting if necessary. The value is typically UTF-16 or UTF-32, but depends on the driver manager used. iODBC uses UTF-32 and unixODBC uses UTF-16. Review your ODBC Driver Manager documentation for the correct setting.
  4. Save the mapr.drillodbc.ini configuration file.

Next Step

Refer to Testing the ODBC Connection.