Access 2007 connection strings

Microsoft ACE OLEDB 12.0

  • Standard security

    Provider=Microsoft.ACE.OLEDB.12.0;Data Source=C:\myFolder\myAccessFile.accdb;
    Persist Security Info
    =False;
  • With database password

    This is the connection string to use when you have an Access 2007 - 2013 database protected with a password using the "Set Database Password" function in Access.

    Provider=Microsoft.ACE.OLEDB.12.0;Data Source=C:\myFolder\myAccessFile.accdb;
    Jet OLEDB:Database Password
    =MyDbPassword;

    Some reports of problems with password longer than 14 characters. Also that some characters might cause trouble. If you are having problems, try change password to a short one with normal characters.

    Note! Reports say that a database encrypted using Access 2010 - 2013 default encryption scheme does not work with this connection string. In Access; try options and choose 2007 encryption method instead. That should make it work. We do not know of any other solution. Please get in touch if other solutions is available!

  • DataDirectory functionality

    Provider=Microsoft.ACE.OLEDB.12.0;Data Source=|DataDirectory|\myAccessFile.accdb;
    Persist Security Info
    =False;
  • Network Location

    Provider=Microsoft.ACE.OLEDB.12.0;
    Data Source
    =\\server\share\folder\myAccessFile.accdb;
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.NET Framework Data Provider for OLE DB

  • Use an OLE DB provider from .NET

    Provider=any oledb provider's name;OledbKey1=someValue;OledbKey2=someValue;

    See the respective OLEDB provider's connection strings options. The .net OleDbConnection will just pass on the connection string to the specified OLEDB provider. Read more here.

Microsoft Access accdb ODBC Driver

  • Standard Security

    Driver={Microsoft Access Driver (*.mdb, *.accdb)};Dbq=C:\mydatabase.accdb;
    Uid
    =Admin;Pwd=;
  • Workgroup

    Driver={Microsoft Access Driver (*.mdb, *.accdb)};Dbq=C:\mydatabase.accdb;
    SystemDB
    =C:\mydatabase.mdw;

    No changes were made to the .mdw file format for Office Access 2007. The Office Access 2007 Workgroup Manager creates .mdw files that are identical to those that are created in Access 2000 through Access 2003. The .mdw files that are created in those earlier versions can be used by databases in Office Access 2007.

  • Exclusive

    Driver={Microsoft Access Driver (*.mdb, *.accdb)};Dbq=C:\mydatabase.accdb;
    Exclusive
    =1;Uid=admin;Pwd=;
  • Enable admin statements

    To enable certain programatically admin functions such as CREATE USER, CREATE GROUP, ADD USER, GRANT, REVOKE and DEFAULTS (when making CREATE TABLE statements) use this connection string.

    Driver={Microsoft Access Driver (*.mdb, *.accdb)};Dbq=C:\mydatabase.accdb;
    Uid
    =Admin;Pwd=;ExtendedAnsiSQL=1;
  • Specifying locale identifier

    Use this one to specify the locale identifier which can help with non-US formated dates.

    Driver={Microsoft Access Driver (*.mdb, *.accdb)};Dbq=C:\mydatabase.accdb;
    Locale Identifier
    =2057;Uid=Admin;Pwd=;

    The above example uses the en-gb locale identifier (2057)

.NET Framework Data Provider for ODBC

  • Use an ODBC driver from .NET

    Driver={any odbc driver's name};OdbcKey1=someValue;OdbcKey2=someValue;

    See the respective ODBC driver's connection strings options. The .net OdbcConnection will just pass on the connection string to the specified ODBC driver. Read more here.

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