Connect to Databricks from Microsoft Excel

This article describes how to use the Databricks ODBC driver to connect Databricks to Microsoft Excel. After you establish the connection, you can access the data in Databricks from Excel. You can also use Excel to further analyze the data.

Before you begin

Connect from Microsoft Excel

This section describes how to pull data from Databricks into Microsoft Excel using the DSN you created in the prerequisites.

Steps to connect using OAuth 2.0


The steps in this section were tested using Excel for Microsoft 365 for Windows Server 2022 Datacenter 64 bit.

The following are the steps to allow a user to connect to Databricks in a single sign-on experience.

  1. Launch ODBC Data Sources.

  2. Go to System DSN tab and select Simba Spark entry in the DSN list (or you can also create a new DSN by following the instructions hosted on Microsoft site).

  3. Click on Configure button and you will see the below pop-up window.

Spark DSN
  1. On Mechanism, select OAuth 2.0.

  2. Click on OAuth Options button, you will see the following OAuth Option pop-up window.

OAuth Options
  1. Select Browser Based Authorization Code and Uncheck IGNORE_SQLDRIVER_NOPROMPT. Close the pop-up window.

  2. Click on HTTP Options button and enter the HTTP path in the pop-up window.

HTTP Options
  1. Close the HTTP Options pop-up window. Click on Advanced Options button, then click on Server Side Properties button in the pop-up window.

Advanced Options
  1. Add a server side property Auth_Flow and value 2.

Server Side Properties
Add a Server Side Property

Now you have successfully configured an ODBC DSN.

  1. Launch Microsoft Excel and create a new blank workbook. Select menu Data > Get Data > From Other Sources > From ODBC

ODBC Data Source
  1. Select the DSN you just configured.


Click on OK button to connect. You will be prompted to authenticate yourself on a browser pop-up window.

Connect using a connection URL with OAuth 2.0


The steps in this section were tested using Excel for Microsoft 365 for Windows version 11.

You can also directly connect Excel to Databricks using a connection URL. The conneciton URL is in the following format:

Driver=Simba Spark ODBC Driver;Host=<hostName>;Port=443;HttpPath=<httpPath>;SSL=1;AuthMech=11;Auth_Flow=2;Catalog=samples;Schema=default
  1. Launch Excel and select menu Data > Get Data > From Other Sources > From ODBC

  2. In Data source name (DSN), select Simba Spark

  3. Click and expand Advanced options section.

  4. Enter the above connection URL in the text box of Connection string (non-credential properties)(optional)

From ODBC Connection URL
  1. Click OK button. If you are asked for the username and password in the pop-up window, you can enter random username and password to get by.

Random Username and Password
  1. Click Connect button, you should be prompted a browser pop-up window to authenticate yourself through OAuth 2.0.

Steps to connect using Databricks personal access token


The steps in this section were tested using Excel for Microsoft 365 for Mac version 16.70.

  1. Open a blank workbook in Microsoft Excel.

  2. In the Data ribbon, click the down caret next to Get Data (Power Query), then click From database (Microsoft Query).

  3. In the iODBC Data Source Chooser, select the DSN that you created in the prerequisites, and then click OK.

  4. For Username, enter token.

  5. For Password, enter your personal access token from the prerequisites.

  6. In the Microsoft Query dialog, select the Databricks table that you want to load into Excel, and then click Return Data.

  7. In the Import Data dialog, select Table and Existing sheet, and then click Import.

    After you load your data into your Excel workbook, you can perform analytical operations on it.