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Data Source Wizard

The Data Source Wizard in Snap allows your end-users to connect to many different data source types.


You can customize wizard pages as your needs dictate using the technique described in the How to: Customize the Data Source Wizard document.

To invoke the wizard, click Add New Data Source in the File menu.

Alternatively, you can right-click an empty area in the Data Explorer and click Add Data Source in the invoked context menu.

The Data Source Wizard is invoked. Proceed with the following steps in the wizard.

  1. On the first page of the invoked Data Source wizard, specify a name for the new data source and click Next.

  2. On the next page, select a data source type (Database) and click Next.

  3. If a data connection has already been specified in the application, the next wizard page allows you to select whether to use one of the existing connections, or create a new one.

  4. On the next page, select a data provider, specify the required connection settings and click Next.

    Select from the following supported data source types.

    Relational Database System

    Supported Versions

    .NET Framework Data Provider

    .NET Standard 2.0 Data Provider

    Microsoft SQL Server 2005 or higher
    2005 Express or higher
    Azure SQL Database
    System.Data.dll (Included in .NET Framework)
    Microsoft Access Access 2000 or higher
    Access 2007 or higher
    System.Data.dll (Included in .NET Framework)  
    Microsoft SQL Server CE 3.5, 4.0 System.Data.SqlServerCe.dll (Included in .NET Framework)  
    Oracle Database 9i or higher Oracle.ManagedDataAccess.dll
    Amazon Redshift n/a Npgsql.dll Npgsql.dll
    Google BigQuery Only legacy SQL functions and operations are supported DevExpress.DataAccess.BigQuery.dll DevExpress.DataAccess.BigQuery.dll
    Teradata 13.0 or higher Teradata.Client.Provider.dll Teradata.Client.Provider.dll
    SAP Sybase Advantage Advantage Database Server 9.1 or higher Advantage.Data.Provider.dll  
    SAP Sybase ASE Sybase Adaptive Server 12.0 or higher Sybase.AdoNet4.AseClient.dll  
    SAP SQL Anywhere 11 or higher Sap.Data.SQLAnywhere.dll  
    IBM DB2 9.5 or higher IBM.Data.DB2.dll IBM.Data.DB2.Core.dll
    Firebird 1.5 or higher, Dialect 3 FirebirdSql.Data.FirebirdClient.dll
    MySQL 4.1 or higher MySql.Data.dll MySql.Data.dll
    Pervasive PSQL 9.x or higher Pervasive.Data.SqlClient.dll  
    PostgreSQL 7.x or higher Npgsql.dll Npgsql.dll
    VistaDB 4, 5 VistaDB.5.NET40.dll  
    SQLite 3.x System.Data.SQLite.dll
    XML file n/a Built-in support Built-in support

    Depending on the selected data provider, it may be necessary to specify additional connection options (such as authentication type and database name) on this page.

    Alternatively, you can select Custom connection string and specify the connection string.

    Use the XpoProvider parameter to identify a data source provider. See connection string examples in the table below.

    Relational Database System

    Connection String Sample See Note
    Microsoft SQL Server * XpoProvider=MSSqlServer;Data Source=(local);User ID=username;Password=password;Initial Catalog=database;Persist Security Info=true
    * The MS SQL Server data provider is automatically specified if you set the "Initial Catalog" parameter and do not use the word "Provider" (for instance, the "XpoProvider" parameter) in the connection string.
    Microsoft Access XpoProvider=MSAccess;Provider=Microsoft.Jet.OLEDB.4.0;Data Source=C:\mydatabase.mdb;User Id=admin;Password=;
    XpoProvider=MSAccess;Provider=Microsoft.ACE.OLEDB.12.0;Data Source=C:\mydatabase.accdb;User Id=admin;Password=;
    Microsoft SQL Server CE XpoProvider=MSSqlServerCE;Data Source=MyDatabase.sdf;Password=MyPassword
    Oracle Database XpoProvider=Oracle;Data Source=TORCL;User ID=MyUserName;Password=MyPassword
    XpoProvider=ODP;Data Source=TORCL;User ID=MyUserName;Password=MyPassword
    XpoProvider=ODPManaged;Data Source=TORCL;User ID=MyUserName;Password=MyPassword
    Amazon Redshift XpoProvider=Amazon Redshift;Server=;User ID=MyUserName;Password=MyPassword;Database=MyDatabase;Encoding=UNICODE
    Google BigQuery XpoProvider=BigQuery;ProjectID=myProject;DataSetId=myDataSet;OAuthClientId=myClientId;OAuthClientSecret=mySecret;OAuthRefreshToken=myRefreshToken
    Teradata XpoProvider=Teradata;Data Source=myServerAddress;User ID=myUsername;Password=myPassword;
    SAP Sybase Advantage XpoProvider=Advantage;Data Source=\\myserver\myvolume\mypat\mydd.add;ServerType=local;User ID=ASSSYS;TrimTrailingSpaces=true
    SAP Sybase ASE XpoProvider=Ase;Port=5000;Data Source=MyAseServer;User ID=MyUserName;Password=MyPassword;Initial Catalog=MyDatabase;Persist Security Info=true
    SAP SQL Anywhere XpoProvider=Asa;eng=server;uid=user;pwd=password;dbn=database;persist security info=true;
    IBM DB2 XpoProvider=DB2;Server=server:port;Database=database;UID=user;PWD=password;
    Firebird XpoProvider=Firebird;DataSource=localhost;User=SYSDBA;Password=masterkey;Database=MyDatabase.fdb;ServerType=0;Charset=NONE
    MySQL XpoProvider=MySql;Server=MyServerAddress;User ID=MyUserName;Password=MyPassword;Database=MyDatabase;Persist Security Info= true;Charset=utf8
    Pervasive PSQL XpoProvider=Pervasive;Server=MyServerAddress;UID=MyUserName;PWD=MyPassword;ServerDSN=MyDatabase
    PostgreSQL XpoProvider=Postgres;Server=;User ID=MyUserName;Password=MyPassword;Database=MyDatabase;Encoding=UNICODE
    VistaDB XpoProvider=VistaDB;Data Source=C:\mydatabase.vdb4
    XpoProvider=VistaDB5;Data Source=C:\mydatabase.vdb5
    SQLite XpoProvider=SQLite;Data Source=filename
    XML file XpoProvider=InMemoryDataStore;data source=D:\Contacts.xml;read only=True

    The connection strings demonstrated above are examples. You can specify alternative variants.

    To proceed to the next wizard page, click Next.

  5. On the next page, you are prompted to save the connection string including or excluding the user name and a password. Choose any option and click Next.

  6. This page allows you to select a query or a stored procedure.

    Click Run Query Builder... to invoke the Query Builder window.


    Manual SQL editing is not allowed by default. Enabling custom SQL queries may lead to inadvertent or unauthorized modifications to your data/database structure. Before you decide to allow manual SQL editing, we recommend you to follow best practices and implement the appropriate end-user read/write permissions at the database level.

    If for some reason you have to enable custom SQL editing, set the SnapControl.Options.DataSourceWizardOptions.SqlWizardSettings.EnableCustomSql option to true.

    Note that only SELECT statements are allowed in the text. To override this restriction, handle the SnapControl.ValidateCustomSql event.

  7. In the invoked Query Builder window, double-click the Categories item in the list of available tables on the left to add it to the tables included into the query.

    Enable the check box for the Categories table, to include all of its fields in the view.

    Click OK to close the Query Builder and return to the Data Source Wizard.

  8. When the query is ready, click Finish to save it.

After the data source has been added to the report, its data members and data fields are displayed in the Data Explorer.


Only one data source at a time can be used in a mail merge operation. Snap does not join independent data sources automatically, so there are only two distinct scenarios available - merging all records from a single data source and a master-detail scenario. You are advised to combine data from different data sources and subsequently supply a joined data source to Snap.

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