Easysoft ODBC-ODBC Bridge

Can I can connect a 32-bit application to a 64-bit ODBC driver?

Last Reviewed:
29th January 2024

Yes, you can connect a 32-bit application to a 64-bit ODBC driver by using the ODBC-ODBC Bridge.

Without the ODBC-ODBC Bridge, a 32-bit application cannot connect to a 64-bit ODBC driver. 32-bit applications must be linked against 32-bit libraries. For this reason, 32-bit applications can only link against a 32-bit ODBC Driver Manager library. 32-bit ODBC Driver Managers can only load 32-ODBC drivers.

The ODBC-ODBC Bridge is a client/server product. The ODBC-ODBC Bridge Client is not linked against the ODBC-ODBC Bridge Server. The ODBC-ODBC Bridge Client communicates with the ODBC-ODBC Bridge Server by using the Remote Procedure Call (RPC) mechanism. A 32-bit ODBC-ODBC Bridge Client can be used with a 64-bit ODBC-ODBC Bridge Server and vice versa.

To connect a 32-bit application with a 64-bit ODBC driver, you use a 32-bit ODBC-ODBC Bridge Client and a 64-bit ODBC-ODBC Bridge Server.

ODBC calls made by your 32-bit application are passed from the 32-bit ODBC driver (the ODBC-ODBC Bridge Client) to the target 64-bit ODBC driver via the 64-bit ODBC-ODBC Bridge Server.

Example: How to Connect a 32-bit Application to a 64-bit ODBC Driver

The following steps show how to access a 64-bit ODBC driver from a 32-bit application on a 64-bit Windows machine. The ODBC driver used is the Microsoft SQL Native Client driver. The application used is Visual Studio 2010.

  1. In the 64-bit ODBC Data Source Administrator (accessible from Administrative tools in Control Panel), configure a System data source for the SQL Native Client driver.
  2. Install the 64-bit Windows ODBC-ODBC Bridge distribution.

    Accept the Default option during Setup, which will install both the ODBC-ODBC Bridge Client and Server components.

  3. In the Windows Services dialog box:
    1. Stop the 32-bit ODBC-ODBC Bridge Server service (Easysoft ODBC-ODBC Bridge Server).
    2. Start the 64-bit ODBC-ODBC Bridge Server service (Easysoft ODBC-ODBC Bridge Server x64).
  4. In the 32-bit ODBC Data Source Administrator, configure an ODBC-ODBC Bridge Client data source that points to the SQL Native Client driver data source.

    To access the 32-bit ODBC Data Source Administrator, run the following command in the Windows Run dialog box:


    Note The 32-bit ODBC Data Source Administrator is not accessible from Windows Control Panel.

  5. In a Visual Studio 2010 project, on the Data menu, click Add New Data Source.

    The Data Source Configuration Wizard starts.

  6. Select Database on the Choose a Data Source Type page.
  7. Select Dataset on the Choose a Data Model page.
  8. Select New Connection on the Choose Your Data Connection page.
  9. In the Choose a Data Source dialog box, select Microsoft ODBC data source.
  10. In the Add Connection dialog box, choose your ODBC-ODBC Bridge Client data source from the Use user or system data source name list.
  11. Complete the remainder of the Data Source Configuration Wizard.
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