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MySQL Connector/ODBC Developer Guide  /  Configuring Connector/ODBC  /  Connecting Without a Predefined DSN

5.6 Connecting Without a Predefined DSN

You can connect to the MySQL server using SQLDriverConnect, by specifying the DRIVER name field. Here are the connection strings for Connector/ODBC using DSN-less connections:

For Connector/ODBC 8.4:

ConnectionString = "DRIVER={MySQL ODBC 8.4 Driver};\

Substitute MySQL ODBC 8.4 Driver with the name by which you have registered your Connector/ODBC driver with the ODBC driver manager, if it is different. If your programming language converts backslash followed by whitespace to a space, it is preferable to specify the connection string as a single long string, or to use a concatenation of multiple strings that does not add spaces in between. For example:

ConnectionString = "DRIVER={MySQL ODBC 8.4 Driver};"

Note.  On macOS, you might need to specify the full path to the Connector/ODBC driver library.

Refer to Section 5.2, “Connector/ODBC Connection Parameters” for the list of connection parameters that can be supplied.