LibreOffice Base

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LibreOffice Base is free to use RDBMS (relational database management system) front-end tool to create and manage various databases.

Prepare ODBC connection

Before going further make sure to prepare an ODBC connector as explained on MariaDB ODBC connector article. That includes:

  • Download MariaDB ODBC connector (latest version 3.1.7-ga)
  • Copy shared library to /usr/lib/[multi-arch]
  • Install unixodbc, unixodbc-dev, openssh-client, odbcinst packages
  • Create template file for ODBC driver, example for template file “MariaDB_odbc_driver_template.ini” could be:
[MariaDB ODBC 3.1 Driver]
Description = MariaDB Connector/ODBC v.3.1
Driver = /usr/lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/
  • Install ODBC driver from template file running:
$ odbcinst -i -d -f MariaDB_odbc_driver_template.ini

Verify successful installation in /etc/odbcinst.ini file.

  • Create template file for Data Source Name (DSN), example for template file “MariaDB_odbc_data_source_template.ini” could be:
Description=MariaDB server
Driver=MariaDB ODBC 3.1 Driver
  • Install data source:
odbcinst -i -s -h -f MariaDB_odbc_data_source_template.ini

Verify successful installation in /.odbc.ini file and also using isql utility, for example:

$ isql MariaDB-server
| Connected!                            |
|                                       |
| sql-statement                         |
| help [tablename]                      |
| quit                                  |
|                                       |
SQL> show tables;
| Tables_in_test                                                           |
| Authors                                                                  |
| tbl_names                                                                |
| webposts                                                                 |
| webusers                                                                 |
SQLRowCount returns 4
4 rows fetched

Start with LibreOffice Base

Start Libreoffice Base from terminal by running lobase (make sure to install libreoffice-base package if needed). Default option is to create a new database, which is HSQLDB. In order to connect to running MariaDB server, choose “Connect to an existing database” and choose “ODBC” driver as shown in following picture:



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