Connect to a SQL Server database (Power Query)

Important   This article applies to Power Query, a data analysis feature available for Excel that lets you discover, combine and refine data. You may need to enable Power Query in Excel. You can also download and install the most recent version of Power Query for Excel, which automatically enables it. Power Query technology is also built into the Power BI Designer, which is a stand-alone report authoring and data transformation tool for Power BI.

  1. In the POWER QUERY ribbon tab, click From Database > From SQL Server Database.

    Get External Data from a Database
  2. In the Microsoft SQL Database dialog box, specify the SQL Server to connect to in the Server Name box. Optionally, you can specify a Database Name as well.

  3. If you want to import data using a native database query, specify your query in the SQL Statement box. For more information, see Import Data from Database using Native Database Query.

    Get Data from SQL Server
  4. Select OK.

  5. Select the authentication mode to connect to the SQL Server database.

    1. Windows: This is the default selection. Select this if you want to connect using Windows authentication.

    2. Database: Select this if you want to connect using SQL Server authentication. After you select this, specify a user name and password to connect to your SQL Server instance.

  6. By default, the Encrypt connection check box is selected to signify that Power Query connects to your database using an encrypted connection. If you do not want to connect using an encrypted connection, clear this check box, and then click Save.

    If a connection to your SQL Server is not established using an encrypted connection, Power Query prompts you to connect using an unencrypted connection. Click OK in the message to connect using an unencrypted connection.

Formula Example

You can use the Query Editor to write formulas for Power Query.

= Sql.Databases(".")
= Sql.Database(".","AdventureWorks2012")

Related Topics

Import data from external data sources

Note   The Query Editor only appears when you load, edit, or create a new query using Power Query. The following video shows the Query Editor window appearing after editing a query from an Excel workbook. To view the Query Editor without loading or editing an existing workbook query, from the Get External Data section in the Power Query ribbon tab, select From Other Sources > Blank Query. The following video shows one way to display the Query Editor.

How to see Query Editor in Excel

Applies To: Excel 2010, Excel 2013

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