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Data connections

Data connections are secure configurations to supported data sources.

Supported data sources

MS SQL Server


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Add a new connection

Navigate to the Data sources tab within a project in the left sidebar.

When you click Add you will be prompted to select a data source. Fill in the relevant connection details and make sure that Hex is allowed to connect to your data source.

  • For PostgreSQL, MySQL, Redshift, MS SQL Server, ClickHouse, & MariaDB, you'll need:

    • Database host url
    • Database port
    • Database name,
    • Username & password.
  • For BigQuery, you'll need:

    Note, by default the Use BigQuery Storage API option is enabled when creating a BQ connection. This connection method significantly improves BigQuery query performance in Hex, however it requires two additional permissions be granted to the service account: bigquery.readsessions.create and bigquery.readsessions.getData. Additionally, there may be some BiqQuery costs associated when using this method. Pricing details from Google is available here.

  • For Snowflake, you'll need:

    • Account name
    • Warehouse
    • Database
    • Username & password
  • For Databricks, you'll need:

  • For Dremio, you'll need:

    • JDBC URL (retrieve this from the Project Settings page under General information in your Dremio account)
    • Access token (instructions to generate)
  • For Trino, you'll need;

    • Database host url
    • Database port
    • Username & password
  • For Athena, you'll need:

    • AWS access key ID
    • AWS secret access key
    • S3 bucket to write query results to
    • The default port is 443 and the host is athena.[region] (if you're using a VPC to connect then the host address is [vpc-specific-url].athena.[region] Note: only AWS users who do not use MFA authentication are supported.

You can establish multiple connections for a given project, which are then listed in the Data sources tab. These connections may be used in SQL cells by any user with Editor access to that project, but will not be available to query from any other project.

Add shared connections

Workspace Admins have the capability to create shared data connections, which can be shared among all users in the workspace, or groups of users. Setting up shared data connections is identical to the process of creating a data connection depicted above, except that only Admins can create them from the Workspace assets tab of the Settings panel.

Use data connections to query your database

Once you have configured a data connection, you can query it using a SQL cell. See the SQL cells section for more details.