# ODBC



ODBC is an API for interacting with databases from any vendor and in any location. ODBC is widely supported by operating systems (e.g., Windows), database systems (e.g., MariaDB), and commonly-used tools such as Stata. This compatability across environments may come at the expense of performance. Most users will not notice this drawback. However for high-performance needs, please contact RCS at research@hbs.edu to discuss alternatives.

ODBC set up is different on Windows versus on the Grid or Mac.  Please refer to the appropriate sections for detailed instructions:

Updated 4/12/2019