eGenix mxODBC Connect 2.1.0 GA

eGenix mxODBC Connect 2.1.0 GA

eGenix is pleased to announce the immediate availability of eGenix mxODBC Connect 2.1.0 - 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:

    >>> eGenix mxODBC Connect Product Page


mxODBC Connect 2.1.0 is a new minor release of our successful mxODBC Connect product. These are the changes compared to mxODBC Connect 2.0.5.

Update to the mxODBC 3.3 API

mxODBC Connect 2.1 upgrades the mxODBC Connect Client to the new mxODBC 3.3. APIs and enhancements.

Stored Procedures

  • mxODBC Connect now has full support for input, output and input/output parameters in stored procedures and stored functions, allowing easy integration with existing databases systems.

User Customizable Row Objects

  • Added support for user customizable row objects by adding cursor/connection .rowfactory and .row constructor attributes. When set, these are used to wrap the normal row tuples returned by the .fetch*() methods into dynamically created row objects.
  • Added new RowFactory classes to support cursor.rowfactory and cursor.row. These allow dynamically creating row classes that provide sequence as well as mapping and attribute access to row fields - similar to what namedtuples  implements, but more efficient and specific to result sets.

Fast Cursor Types

  • Switched to forward-only cursor types for all database backends, since this provides a much better performance for MS SQL Server and IBM DB2 drivers.
  • Added a new .cursortype attribute to allow adjusting and inspecting the ODBC cursor type to be used for an mxODBC Connect cursor object. Default is to use forward-only cursors, but mxODBC also support several other useful cursor types such as static cursors with full support for result set scrolling.

More new Features

  • Enhanced cursor.prepare() to allow querying cursor.description right after the prepare step and not only after calling a cursor.execute*() method.
  • Added iterator/generator support to .executemany(). The parameters list can now be an iterator/generator, if needed.
  • Added new connection.dbapi property to easily access module level symbols from the connection object.
  • Timestamp seconds fraction resolution is now determined from the scale of a datetime/timestamp SQL column, using the connection.timestampresolution as lower bound, when using SQL type binding. In Python type binding mode, the connection.timestampresolution determines the scale with which a variable is bound. This allows for greater flexibility when dealing with database backends that don't provide full nano-second second resolution, such as e.g. MS SQL Server.
  • mxODBC Connect accepts Unicode string values for date/time/datetime/timestamp column types in SQL type binding mode. Previous versions already did in Python type binding mode.
  • mxODBC Connect uses unicode(obj, encoding) semantics when binding Python objects to SQLWCHAR Unicode database parameters to provide better compatibility with Python objects. Additionally, it ignores the encoding in case obj is a number, to avoid conversion errors.
  • Added new cursor.encoding attribute. This gets its default values from the connection the cursor was created on and allows for per-cursor encoding settings.
  • Added cursor.bindmethod which inherits from connection.bindmethod when creating the cursor. This allows adjusting the variable bind method on a per-cursor basis, rather than only on a per connection basis as in previous mxODBC Connect versions.

mxODBC Connect API Enhancements

  • The SQL lookup object is cached on the client side to avoid frequent roundtrips when using symbols which are needed for stored procedures with input/output parameters.
  • The SQL lookup object received support for new ODBC 3.8 symbols and values, including driver specific symbols used by the MS SQL Server Native Client and IBM DB2 ODBC drivers.
  • Improved the server side object management to simplify client side garbage collection considerations. Even though we still encourage using explicit garbage collection of cursors, connections and server sessions on the client side, mxODBC Connect Server will now handle most situations even without these explicit calls.

Asynchronous Processing

  • Tested with the latest gevent and greenlet packages. mxODBC Connect Client will happily work together with the asynchronous libraries gevent. All it takes is a single configuration entry in the client side config file.

Security Enhancements

  • Changed the way passwords are stored in the server's authorized-users.txt file in order to make password storage more secure.
  • User authentication now uses salted SHA-256 password hashes when transferring the login data from the client to the server. This provides better protection when using plain text client server setups and additional security over SSL network connections.

ODBC Driver/Manager Compatibility Enhancements


  • mxODBC Connect Server is now built against unixODBC 2.3.2 on Linux.


  • Updated the DataDirect binding to version 7.1.2 of the DataDirect ODBC manager on Linux.


  • Added work-around for Oracle Instant Client to be able to use integer output parameters.
  • Added a work-around for Oracle Instant Client to have it return output parameters based on the input placeholder Python parameter types. It would otherwise return all parameters as strings.
  • Disabled a test for Oracle Instant Client which tries to set a pre-connect connection option for timeouts, since the ODBC driver segfaults with this option.

MS SQL Server

  • mxODBC Connect Server 2.1 defaults to 100ns connection.timestampresolution for MS SQL Server 2008 and later, and 1ms resolution for MS SQL server 2005 and earlier. This simplifies interfacing to SQL Server timestamp columns by preventing occasional precision errors.
  • Tested mxODBC Connect Server successfully with new MS SQL Server Native Client 11 for Linux. Unicode connection strings still don't work, but everything else does.
  • Added documentation on how to use Kerberos with mxODBC and SQL Server for authentication on both Windows and Linux to the mxODBC User Manual.
  • Added note about problems of the FreeTDS ODBC driver dealing with TIME and DATE columns.

Sybase ASE

  • Added work-around for the Sybase ASE ODBC driver, which doesn't always pass back NULL correctly to mxODBC Connect Server on 64-bit Unix systems.
  • Changed the variable type binding mode default for the Sybase ASE ODBC driver from Python type binding to SQL type binding, which resolves issues with e.g. the Unicode support for that driver.
  • Added note about a segfault problem with the Sybase ASE 15.7 ODBC driver which is caused by the driver corrupting the heap.


  • Added work-around for the IBM DB2 ODBC driver, which doesn't always pass back NULL correctly to mxODBC Connect Server on 64-bit Unix systems.


  • Added work-around to force Python type binding for the PostgreSQL ODBC drivers. More recent versions of the driver report supporting SQL type binding, but they don't implement it.
  • Added work-around to have PostgreSQL ODBC drivers properly work with binary data for BYTEA columns.


  • mxODBC Connect Server now supports native Unicode with the recent MySQL ODBC drivers - provided you use the Unicode variants of the drivers.
  • Changed the default binding mode for MySQL ODBC drivers to Python type binding. This works around a problem with date/time values when talking to MySQL 5.6 servers.
For the full set of changes, including those of the 2.0 series of mxODBC Connect, 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.

We will give out 20% discount coupons for upgrade purchases going from mxODBC Connect Server 1.x to 2.1 and 50% coupons for upgrades from mxODBC 2.x to 2.1. 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 free 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

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Enjoy !

Marc-Andre Lemburg,

Published: 2014-05-28