openLooKeng ODBC User Manual



This user manual contains information about the openLooKeng ODBC driver for Windows, including driver installation, ODBC data source configuration, and basic driver information.

Open Database Connectivity (ODBC) is an interoperable interface protocol proposed by Microsoft for applications to access different DBMSs. It defines a universal database access mechanism and provides a set of ODBC APIs for accessing databases to simplify the interoperability between clients and different DBMSs.

The ODBC driver enables applications to connect to databases. This product is the ODBC driver for openLooKeng and complies with the core level consistency specifications of ODBC 3.5.


The following knowledge is required for using this product:

Supported Version

This product supports the following version:

  • Windows 10 64-bit

  • Windows Server 2016 64-bit

This product has not been strictly tested for other Windows versions. You can try them by yourself. This product does not provide any quality assurance.

Installing the openLooKeng ODBC Driver

This document describes installing from binary distribution for ODBC driver, which is an MSI package. For developers who need to compile and install from the source code, please refer to along with the open-source code.

System Requirements

The machine that the ODBC driver is installed must meet the following requirements:

  • One of the following operating systems:
    • Windows 10 (64 bit)
    • Windows Server 2016 (64 bit)
  • 180 MB of available disk space.


Before installing the driver, ensure that you have the administrator rights.

  1. Double-click the msi installation package. The welcome page is displayed. Click Next.
  2. The second page is the user agreement. accept the terms and click Next.
  3. On the third page, select an installation mode. You are advised to select Complete.
  4. On the fourth page, select an installation path and click Next.
  5. After the preceding installation settings are complete, click Install on the last page to start the installation.

During the installation, the cmd window is displayed, showing the process of installing the driver components. After the installation is complete, the cmd window is automatically closed. The openLooKeng ODBC driver is installed.

  1. In the dialog box that is displayed, use DSN for new installation if the user DSN has been configured with the driver of an earlier version, and click Finish.

Configuring the Data Source

Before an application uses the openLooKeng ODBC driver, the data source DSN must be configured in the ODBC data source manager of the system.

Opening the ODBC Data Source Administrator (64-bit)

  1. Click Start, and choose Control Panel.

  2. In Control Panel, click System and Security, and then click Administrative Tools.

  3. In Administrative Tools, click ODBC Data Sources (64-bit).

    Note: You can also type ODBC in the search box of the Windows 10 Start menu and click ODBC Data Sources (64-bit) to open it.

Adding the User DSN

  1. In the ODBC Data Source Administrator (64-bit), click the User DSN tab and click Add.

  2. In the displayed Create New Data Source dialog box, click openLooKeng ODBC Driver and click Finish.

  3. The openLooKeng ODBC Driver configuration page is displayed. On the welcome page, enter the name of the DSN to be created in the Name text box, enter the additional description of the DSN in the Description text box, and click Next.

  4. The second page contains the following six text boxes. The functions and usage are as follows:

    Text BoxDescription
    Connect URLIP address and port number of the openLooKeng server to be connected.
    Connect ConfigPath of the configuration file when setting connection parameters through the connection configuration file. You can click Browse to select a path.
    User NameUser name for connecting to the openLooKeng. The default value is root.
    PasswordUser password, which can be left empty.
    CatalogCatalog to be used by the DSN, which can be left empty. You are advised to click Test DSN in the upper text box and select a value from the drop-down list box.
    SchemaSchema to be used by the DSN, which can be left empty. You are advised to click Test DSN in the upper text box and select a value from the drop-down list box.

    Set the parameters on the second page, and then click Test DSN. After the system displays a message indicating that the operation is successful, click Next.

  5. In the Statement(s) text box on page 3, enter the initial statement sent after the connection to the openLooKeng server is established. After Debug is selected, the driver creates a debugging log file named MAODBC.LOG in %TMP% to record openLooKeng ODBC driver debugging information. After you click Test DSN on page 2, user can configure the connection character set from the Character Set drop-down box. Select Enable automatic reconnect, when the system is sending messages, it automatically reconnects with the server upon a connection failure. (The automatic reconnection function does not ensure transaction consistency. Exercise caution when enabling this function). Click Finish.

Configuring the ODBC Connection for the DSN

When configuring DSN, you can set up a basic ODBC connection by providing the correct Connect URL, User Name, and Password. For users with advanced requirements such as SSL and Kerberos, you need to transfer the corresponding connection parameters to the driver by importing the connection configuration file.

Connection Configuration File

When connection parameters are transferred through the connection configuration file, all connection parameters defined by openLooKeng JDBC can be configured. For details, see Parameter Reference of openLooKeng JDBC Driver.

The connection configuration file must provide a group of parameter key-value pairs separated by lines, such as user=root or SSL=true. The driver automatically parses the parameter key values and configures the connection. The following is an example:

#Use "\\" or "/" to separate file paths


# Whether to use HTTPS connection, the default value is "false"

# Java Keystore file path

# Java KeyStore password

# Java TrustStore file path

# Java TrustStore password

# Kerberos service name, fixed at "HTTP"

# Kerberos principal

# krb5 configuration file of the user accessing to the data source

# keytab configuration file of the user accessing to the data source

After the preceding configuration is complete, click Test DSN. If the configuration is correct, a dialog box is displayed, indicating that the connection is successfully established. You are advised to check whether the corresponding catalog and schema are correctly displayed in the Catalog and Schema drop-down list boxes. After the data source DSN is configured, the ODBC application can be connected to the openLooKeng through the configured DSN.

Data Types Supported by the Driver

The following table lists the data types supported by the driver, ODBC data types, and openLooKeng data types.

openLooKeng Data TypeODBC Data Type

You can obtain the details about data types by calling SQLGetTypInfo in Catalog Functions.

Character Set

The openLooKeng ODBC driver supports both ANSI and Unicode applications. The default connection character set is the system default character set for ANSI applications and utf8 for Unicode applications. If the character set used by the application is different from the above-mentioned character set, it may cause garbled characters. For this, the user should specify the connection character set to adapt to the character set required by the application. The corresponding configuration of the connection character set is described as follows.

When calling the ODBC API to retrieve data, if bound to the SQL_C_WCHAR C data type buffer, the driver will return the Unicode encoded result for both ANSI and Unicode applications. When bound to the SQL_C_CHAR C data type buffer, by deafult, the driver will return to the ANSI application the result encoded in system default character set, and for Unicode application the driver will return the result encoded in utf8. If the encoding character set used by the application does not match the default, the result may be garbled. To this end, the user should configure the connection character set to specify the encoding of the result. For example, if the application has garbled Chinese characters, you can try to configure the connection character set to GBK or GB2312.

While configuring data source all connection character sets supported by the openLooKeng ODBC driver can be set in the Character Set drop-down box on the page 3 of the User interface. User can select the connection character from the drop-down box after the Test DSN is success.