How to use the PyOdbc library in Python

PyOdbc is a Python library that allows you to connect to an ODBC (Open Database Connectivity) data source. It provides a set of functions and classes that allow you to execute SQL statements, retrieve results, and manage transactions from within Python scripts.

1. Install the PyOdbc library

The first step is to install the PyOdbc library. This can be done using the pip command:

pip install pyodbc

2. Create a connection

Once the library is installed, you can create a connection to the ODBC data source. To do this, you will need to provide the connection string, which will contain the details of the data source, such as the server name, database name, and authentication information.

For example, to connect to a SQL Server database, you could use the following connection string:

conn_str = ‘DRIVER={SQL Server};SERVER=myServerName;DATABASE=myDatabase;UID=myUsername;PWD=myPassword’

3. Execute SQL statements

Once the connection is established, you can start executing SQL statements. To do this, you will need to create a cursor object using the connection object:

cursor = conn.cursor()

You can then execute SQL statements using the execute() method of the cursor object:

cursor.execute(„SELECT * FROM myTable”)

4. Retrieve results

Once the SQL statement is executed, you can retrieve the results using the fetchall() method of the cursor object:

results = cursor.fetchall()

This will return a list of tuples, where each tuple represents a row of data.

5. Manage transactions

PyOdbc also allows you to manage transactions. To start a transaction, you can use the begin() method of the connection object:


To commit the transaction, you can use the commit() method:


And to rollback the transaction, you can use the rollback() method: