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How do I access Oracle from Excel on a MAC?

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I need to access Oracle from excel on a MAC.

I would also like the same access to work on my PC.

Example queries would be much appreciated.

Thanks,
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by:Ugo Mena
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Excel requires ODBC drivers to connect to an Oracle database. See http://www.actualtech.com/product_oracle.php for more info on Mac version.
Also here for both Mac and PC drivers : http://uda.openlinksw.com/odbc-oracle-ee/

Otherwise, you can also use a database tool like DBVisualizer (one of my favorite free DB tools) http://www.dbvis.com/download/
to directly connect to your DB and run queries.

There are versions for each OS (Windows, Mac, Linux, UNIX) and both a FREE and PRO version depending on the tasks you need to perform on your database.

Oracle       8i, 9i, 10g, 11g, 12c are supported.

You can find examples, online demos and a very thorough User and Support forum.
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I actually need to use excel for standardization purposes, though I suppose I could use open office to create an excel file if OO could access Oracle.

No free solutions for the Oracle driver? Since my company has a licensed version of excel I guessed the Microsoft might have an Oracle  ODBC driver.
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Microsoft no longer makes an ODBC driver for Oracle and instead recommends using Oracle's ODBC driver
http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ms713590%28v=vs.85%29.aspx

Oracle Free download of ODBC drivers page:
http://www.oracle.com/technetwork/database/windows/downloads/utilsoft-098155.html
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I could not find a driver for the version of Oracle we are using (12).

Maybe a better approach is to write the DB interface in Java and just call the java program from excel?

What do you think?
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The above still indicates how to connect Oracle 11g database from Excel 2007...

Yes, you could try using Java's JDBC from within Excel.

This may be just what your looking for : Java Program to connect Oracle Database with Example - JDBC Tutorial Sample Code   http://javarevisited.blogspot.sg/2012/04/java-program-to-connect-oracle-database.html
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ultralites : I tried your solution and I got an error " throw new SQLException("No suitable driver found for "+ url, "08001");"

What puzzles me is that I have SQl Developer installed and that works: How does it get to the database?

I can't find an up to date Oracle driver that works on mac.

Thanks,
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Works great!  Thanks,
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