eGenix mxODBC Connect 2.0.2 GA

eGenix mxODBC Connect 2.0.2 GA

eGenix is pleased to announce the eGenix mxODBC Connect 2.0.2 - Python Database Interface for Python 2.5 - 2.7.


The mxODBC Connect Database Interface for Python allows users to easily connect Python applications to all major databases on the market today in a highly portable, convenient and secure way.

Python Database Connectivity the Easy Way

Unlike our mxODBC Python extension, mxODBC Connect is designed as client-server application, so you no longer need to find production quality ODBC drivers for all the platforms you target with your Python application.

Instead you use an easy to install royalty-free Python client library which connects directly to the mxODBC Connect database server over the network.

This makes mxODBC Connect a great basis for writing cross-platform multi-tier database applications and utilities in Python, especially if you run applications that need to communicate with databases such as MS SQL Server and MS Access, Oracle Database, IBM DB2 and Informix, Sybase ASE and Sybase Anywhere, MySQL, PostgreSQL, SAP MaxDB and many more, that run on Windows or Linux machines.

Ideal for Database Driven Client Applications

By removing the need to install and configure ODBC drivers on the client side and dealing with complicated network setups for each set of drivers, mxODBC Connect greatly simplifies deployment of database driven client applications, while at the same time making the network communication between client and database server more efficient and more secure.

For more information, please have a look at the mxODBC Connect product page, in particular, the full list of available features.


The 2.0.2 release of mxODBC Connect includes the following enhancements and fixes:

Security Enhancements

Server Enhancements

  • Added support for unlimited connection licenses.
  • The server installer on Windows will now install the Microsoft Visual C++ 2008 SP1 Redistributable Package (if necessary) instead of shipping with side-by-side runtime DLLs. This resolves installation issues on fresh Windows server installations.
  • Improved the active connection logging to show more accurate figures in situations where a lot of new connections are opened at once.
  • mxODBC Connect Server will now free resources on broken connections much earlier than before. The setting is configurable using the max_session_reconnect_time parameter in the server's [Activity] configuration and defaults to 60 seconds.

Client Enhancements

  • No fixes were necessary.


  • Added a note that even with an unlimited license, the server sill uses an adjustable max_session configuration parameter to limit the effect of denial-of-service attacks.

mxODBC Connect 2.0 was released on 2012-08-20. These are the highlights of the new release:

Enhanced API

  • mxODBC Connect Server now uses mxODBC 3.2 internally and makes its API available in the mxODBC Connect Client. This is a major step forward from the mxODBC 3.0 version used in mxODBC Connect Server 1.0.
  • mxODBC Connect Client comes with all the mxODBC enhancements, including:
    • connection and cursor objects can be used as context managers
    • adjustable parameter styles (qmark or named)
    • connection .autocommit attribute to easily switch on autocommit
    • adjustable timestamp resolution
    • new possibilities to set connection and cursor options to adjust the ODBC objects to your application needs, e.g. set a connection read-only or set a query timeout
    • adjustable decimal, datetime and string formats
    • adjustable warning format to be able to handle server warnings without client interaction
    • greatly improved result set scrolling support
    • Unicode support for all catalog methods
    • Access to additional result set meta data via cursor.getcolattribute()

Updated Compatibility

  • The server now features all the ODBC driver compatibility enhancements provided by mxODBC 3.2, including improved and updated support for MS SQL Server Native Client, Oracle Instant Client, Sybase ASE, IBM DB2, Teradata and Netezza.
  • Native Windows x64 builds with signed executables and a tray app rewritten in C are available for Windows 2008R2, Vista and 7 x64, so you can benefit from better performance, fewer UAC dialogs and smaller memory footprint.

Asynchronous Execution

  • mxODBC Connect Client now integrates directly with gevent, allowing client applications to run asynchronous tasks while performing remote database queries.

Better Integration

  • mxODBC Connect now uses the official IANA registered port 6632 for both plain text and SSL-encrypted communication.
  • mxODBC Connect Client now allows selecting the used SSL module from two available options: Python standard lib ssl module and pyOpenSSL.

For the full set of changes, please check the mxODBC Connect change log.


You are encouraged to upgrade to this latest mxODBC Connect release. When upgrading, please always upgrade both the server and the client installations to the same version - even for patch level releases.

Customers who have purchased mxODBC Connect 2.0 licenses can continue to use their licenses with this patch level release.

Customers who have purchased mxODBC Connect 1.x licenses can request 20% discount coupons for upgrade purchases. Please contact the Sales Team with your existing license serials for details.

Users of our stand-alone mxODBC product will have to purchase new licenses from our online shop in order to use mxODBC Connect.

You can request 30-day evaluation licenses via our web-site or writing to, stating your name (or the name of the company) and the number of eval licenses that you need.


Please visit the eGenix mxODBC Connect product page for downloads, instructions on installation and documentation of the client and the server package.

If you want to try the package, please jump straight to the download instructions.

Fully functional evaluation licenses for the mxODBC Connect Server are available free of charge.

mxODBC Connect Client is always free of charge.


Commercial support for this product is available directly from

Please see the support section of our website for details.

More Information

For more information on the eGenix mxODBC Connect, licensing and download instructions, please write to

Enjoy !

Marc-Andre Lemburg,

Published: 2012-12-14