To configure a DSN on Mac OS X, you can either use the
command-line utility (myodbc-installer), edit
odbc.ini file within the
Library/ODBC directory of the user, or use
the ODBC Administrator GUI. If you have Mac OS X 10.2 or
earlier, refer to
Section 5.5, “Configuring a Connector/ODBC DSN on Unix”. Select
whether to create a User DSN or a System DSN. When adding a
System DSN, you might need to authenticate with the system.
Click the padlock and enter a user and password with
For correct operation of ODBC Administrator, ensure that the
/Library/ODBC/odbc.ini file used to set up
ODBC connectivity and DSNs are writable by the
admin group. If this file is not writable by
this group, then the ODBC Administrator may fail, or may appear
to work but not generate the correct entry.
There are known issues with the Mac OS X ODBC Administrator
and Connector/ODBC that may prevent you from creating a DSN
using this method. In this case, use the command line or edit
odbc.ini file directly. Note that
existing DSNs or those that you created using the
myodbc-installer tool can still be checked
and edited using ODBC Administrator.
To create a DSN using the myodbc-installer utility, you need only specify the DSN type and the DSN connection string. For example:
shell> myodbc-installer -a -s -t"DSN=mydb;DRIVER=MySQL ODBC 5.2 Driver;SERVER=mysql;USER=username;PASSWORD=pass"
To use ODBC Administrator:
Open the ODBC Administrator from the
Utilities folder in the
On the User DSN or System DSN panel, click Add.
Select the Connector/ODBC driver and click OK.
You will be presented with the
Name dialog. Enter the
Name and an optional
Description for the DSN.
Click Add to add a new keyword/value
pair to the panel. Configure at least four pairs to specify
connection parameters. See
Section 5.2, “Connector/ODBC Connection Parameters”.
Click OK to add the DSN to the list of configured data source names.
A completed DSN configuration may look like this:
You can configure other ODBC options in your DSN by adding further keyword/value pairs and setting the corresponding values. See Section 5.2, “Connector/ODBC Connection Parameters”.