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What is a DB_Tester connection string?

What is a DB_Tester connection string?

DB_Tester is that part of SilkTest which allows database access through an ODBC driver.

The connection string is a string version of the initialisation properties needed to connect to a Database through the ODBC driver for that specific Database. It is important to adhere to the specific syntax for each driver or the connection will fail.

The following show examples of commonly used ODBC connection strings listed by:

  • Data Source Driver
  • ODBC Connection String

Microsoft Data Access

Driver={Microsoft Access Driver (*.mdb)};DBQ=physical path to .mdb file

SQL Server

DRIVER={SQL Server};SERVER=path to server


DRIVER={Microsoft ODBC for Oracle};SERVER=path to server

Microsoft Excel

Driver={Microsoft Excel Driver (*.xls)};DBQ=physical path to .xls file; DriverID=278

Microsoft Excel 97

Driver={Microsoft Excel Driver (*.xls)};DBQ=physical path to .xls file;DriverID=790
Driver={Microsoft Text Driver (*.txt;*.csv)};DefaultDir=physical path to .txt file


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