ODBC is an API for interacting with databases. 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 comes 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: