MySQL Connector for OpenOffice.org 1.0
- 1 Introduction
- 2 Installation
- 3 Getting Started: Connecting to MySQL
- 4 Getting Started: Usage Examples
- 5 Known Issues
- 6 Contact
- 7 Other resources
MySQL Connector for OpenOffice.org is a MySQL driver for OpenOffice.org. It can be used to connect from OpenOffice.org 3.1 to a MySQL server 5.1 or newer.
Before MySQL Connector for OpenOffice.org became available you'd have to use MySQL Connector/J (JDBC) or MySQL Connector for ODBC to connect to a MySQL server.
Therefore the driver is also referred to as a native driver in the context of OpenOffice.org. The term native driver clashes with the MySQL definition of a native driver: MySQL Connector for OpenOffice.org does not implement the MySQL Client Server protocol. Technically speaking the MySQL Connector for OpenOffice.org is implemented as a proxy on top of the MySQL Connector/C++.
The driver is delivered as an OpenOffice.org extension.
Using MySQL Connector for OpenOffice.org has the following advantages:
- Easy installation through the OpenOffice.org Extension Manager.
- Seamless integration into OpenOffice.org.
- Work on multiple MySQL schemata (databases) simultaneously
- Connect to MySQL servers using named pipes (Windows) or Sockets (Unix)
- No need to go through an additional Connector installation routine (ODBC/JDBC)
- No need to configure or register an additional Connector (ODBC)
- No need to install or configure a driver manager (ODBC)
- No need for a Java Runtime Environment (JDBC)
The MySQL Connector for OpenOffice.org is released in version 1.0.1, in production quality.
Install or upgrade to OpenOffice.org 3.1
OpenOffice.org 3.1 is available from OpenOffice.org's download site. The driver does not work together with earlier versions of OpenOffice.org. It will also run in OpenOffice.org when it becomes available, but not in current developer snapshots (up to, anticipated, DEV300.m57).
Please use "vanilla" OpenOffice.org: As with all extensions containing binary code, they're potentially incompatible with other OpenOffice.org distributions (like the one from your favorite Linux distribution), and are not necessarily expected to work with them. If you're using an OpenOffice.org build obtained elsewhere, e.g. by your favorite Linux distributor, then please ask this source to also provide the MySQL Connector for OpenOffice.org.
Download MySQL Connector for Apache OpenOffice
The extension is available from the OpenOffice extensions repository. It is provided for the usual 6 platforms (Windows, Linux Intel 32 Bit, Linux Intel 64 Bit, Solaris Sparc, Solaris Intel 32 Bit, Mac OS X Intel).
Download the file to a location of your choice, for example
My Documents or
Users of the Beta version please note
If you have installed the previous Beta version please uninstall it first manually in the Extension Manager. The final version has a new product name and therefore it is not possible to update it via the extension mechanism. Also delete the cached database connection that was previously created as it cannot be re-used again (e.g., Windows:
"C:\Documents and Settings\<user>\Application Data\OpenOffice.org\3\user\uno_packages\cache\registry\*" or Unix:
Installing the extension
.oxt extension through the Extension Manager of OpenOffice.org. In OpenOffice.org, select
Tools, Extension Manager... and specify the
.oxt file as a new extension. When done, MySQL Connector for OpenOffice.org should show up as a new extension under
Restart OpenOffice.org to complete the installation.
Getting Started: Connecting to MySQL
MySQL Connector for OpenOffice.org allows you to access the MySQL Server and its schemata from the OpenOffice.org suite.
The following example demonstrates the creation of a new OpenOffice.org Base database which uses a local MySQL Server for storage and the new connector for connecting.
Select the database
Create a new database (
File, New, Database). This starts a wizard that allows you to create a new, open an existing, or connect to existing database. Select the latter option.
From the drop-down list, select
Select the type of the driver
You can use three different MySQL drivers for connecting to MySQL from OpenOffice.org. You can choose a generic ODBC or JDBC connection method or the native driver. Select
Connect native. Click
Setting up the database connection
Set up the database connection. Put the schema (database) you want to connect to into
Name of the database. Enter the URL (host name, or simply type
localhost when connecting to the server on your own PC), Port and Socket (or leave socket empty) of your MySQL Server. Click
Fill in user credentials
Provide the user credentials for connecting to your MySQL Server. Click
Save and proceed
Finish the wizard. All defaults are a safe choice. Click
Getting Started: Usage Examples
In the Database area of the Base main window, select Tables. If this is the first time you're accessing the database you'll be prompted for your credentials (username and password); you can store these settings for your current Base session.
Depending on your connection settings you will now see all databases with all their tables, or just the database you've specified in the connection settings.
There is currently 1 known issue in MySQL Connector for OpenOffice.org. We decided to nonetheless release version 1.0, since we think that it's better for all users, which do not encounter this particular problem, to benefit from this great extension.
If you discover a bug, or just want to give any kind of feedback on the connector, please send an email to email@example.com. It's a low-volume list with less than 10 mails per day. If you prefer reading it by means other than subscribing to it, see here.
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