Connecting to Access

Note: This topic describes how to import data using the online Sisense Web Application. To import data through the desktop ElastiCube Manager, click Connecting to Access Using the ElastiCube Manager.

The Sisense Access connector is a certified connector that allows you to import data from the Access API into Sisense via theSisense generic JDBC connector. The Access connector offers the most natural way to integrate with Microsoft Access databases, and provides additional powerful features.

Sisense Access connector is a certified connector. The support for the connector is provided by Sisense and will be assisted by the certification partner's support, if needed. For any support issues or additional functionality requests, please contact your Sisense representative or open a request through our Help Center. For advanced inquiries specific to driver functionality, you can also contact our certification partner’s support directly via [email protected].

After you have downloaded the driver, you can connect through a connection string in Sisense. The connection string must include the path to the Access database file. Once you have connected to Access , you can import a variety of tables from the Access API.

This page describes how to download the Access driver and deploy it, how to connect to Access with a connection string, provides information about the Access data model, and more.

Downloading the Access JDBC Driver

You can download the Access JDBC driver here.

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Deploying the Access JDBC Driver

To run the setup, execute the following command: java -jar setup.jar (OR, if your system is set up to run Java applications, double-click on setup.jar).
During the installation, pay attention to the path of the installation (you will need it later on, to direct Sisense to the Jar file. The default path is C:\Program Files\CData\CData JDBC Driver for Access 2019\lib).
Note: The install file (setup.jar) is a Java application that requires Java 6 (J2SE) or above to run. If you do not have Java 6 installed, you may download it from here.

Connecting to Access

Sisenseuses connection strings to connect to Access and import data into Sisense. Each connection string contains authentication parameters that the data source uses to verify your identity and what information you can export to Sisense.

The connection string to Access is in the following format:

jdbc:access:DataSource=C:\\My.accdb

To connect to Access, set the DataSource property to the path to the Access database file.

To help you create a connection string and test the connection, see Connection String Builder for Certified Connectors.

If you have any issues connecting to your data source, see Troubleshooting JDBC Data Connectors.

Adding Access Tables to your ElastiCube

  1. In the Data page, open an ElastiCubeor create a new ElastiCube.
  2. In the Model Editor, click . The Add Data dialog box is displayed.
  3. Click Generic JDBC to open the JDBC settings.
  4. In Connection String, enter the Access URL. See Creating a Connection String for more information.
  5. In JDBC JARs Folder, enter the name of the directory where the Access JAR file is located (see Deploying the Access JDBC Driver).
  6. In Driver's Class Name, enter the following class name: cdata.jdbc.access.AccessDriver.
  7. In User Name and Password, enter your Access credentials. These fields are not required if the user name and password were provided in the connection string. 
  8. Click Next. A list of tables in the database are displayed. All tables and views associated with the database will appear in a new window.
  9. From the Tables list, select the relevant table or view you want to work with. You can click next to the relevant table or click Preview to see a preview of the data inside it. 
  10. (Optional) Click + to customize the data you want to import with SQL. See Importing Data with Custom Queries for more information.
  11. After you have selected all the relevant tables, click Done. The tables are added to your data model.

Access Connector: Additional Resources

For the full documentation set for the Access connector, see here.

For connection string options, click here.