Connecting to MongoDB with ODBC


By connecting to MongoDB with an ODBC connection, your ability to work with the database will greatly improve. Because of this, querying databases will be a much easier task. In addition, you could use several third-party reporting and querying tools that are otherwise not available. In this article, we will go through the necessary steps on how to connect to MongoDB through ODBC. In order to achieve this, we will be using a powerful SQL query software called WinSQL.


  • Java run time 8 (JRE 8) or greater must be installed on the machine where WinSQL is running.
  • Ensure java is in the path system variable. In windows, you can achieve this by modifying the system environment variables. Please see here for the necessary steps.
Step 1: Register ODBC Drivers in WinSQL
Open up WinSQL and click on Help. Next, click on Register ODBC Drivers . Make sure that "WinSQL MongoDB" is registered.
Step 2: Configure the Connection in WinSQL
  • Open WinSQL and go to File then click on open ODBC Manager.
  • Click on the "User DSN" tab.
  • Click "Add".
  • Select the "WinSQL MongoDB".

You will need to fill out the following fields:

MongoDB WinSQL Setup

Field Description
Data Source Name/Description This is a friendly name you want to apply to this Data Source.
Host Name Enter the IP Address/Hostname of the machine where MongoDB is running.
Port Number Specify the port number of MongoDB. By default, the port number is 27017.
Database Name Select the Database from your project you want to connect to.

Once you specify your credentials, click the "Test Connect" button at the bottom. A new popup will show up, where you will need to specify your User Name and Password (if specified).

Once the username and password are specfied, click on OK. You will see a "Connection established" message popup if WinSQL is able to connect.

Running Queries and Interacting with MongoDB

Now that we are successfully connected, we can begin running queries and modifying the database.

For example, I am adding a new baker who has 50 cakes:

MongoDB Add Data into Table

If I browse the data I can see the newly added baker:

MongoDB View Data in Table

Importing Data from Excel

Once you are connected to your MongoDB in WinSQL, you will be able to see all of your tables and data within WinSQL. To begin importing data directly from Microsoft Excel, simply drag and drop the .xlsx file directly into your Tables section as seen here:

WinSQL MongoDB Excel Drag and Drop


You can interact with MongoDB easily by using your ODBC query tool. The benefit is that you also get the entire suite of your chosen tool as well as a much more informative interface. Using WinSQL allows you to use several additional reporting and querying tools that are otherwise not available. Please see here for a list of features/benefits.


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