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Query with Atlas SQL

You can run SQL-style queries to search data on your federated database instances using the Atlas SQL Interface. This capability allows you to visualize, graph, and report on your Atlas data using relational business intelligence tools such as Power BI and Tableau.

Note

Considerations

Atlas SQL Interface only supports read operations. You cannot write data to your Atlas cluster with the Atlas SQL Interface.

Important

MongoDB Minimum Version

If some or all of your data comes from an Atlas cluster, you must use MongoDB version 5.0 or greater for that cluster to take advantage of Atlas SQL.

The Atlas SQL Interface is available by default when you create a federated database instance. Atlas Data Federation automatically creates collection schemas for Atlas SQL query compilation and type inference. To learn more about the schema, see Schema Management.

To use the Atlas SQL Interface to run SQL queries, connect to your data using a MongoDB SQL Driver or one of the BI tool custom connectors. To learn more about the different connection options, see Connect.

MongoDB Atlas SQLquery flow diagram

The Atlas SQL interface includes the following components:

A federated database instance is a deployment of Atlas Data Federation. Each federated database instance contains virtual databases and collections that map to data in your data stores. This also provides a SQL schema and translates Atlas SQL queries between your BI tool and your Atlas data.

A custom connector or a SQL driver provides a standard method to connect to a BI tool. If you are using a BI tool, check which connections it supports.

A visualization and reporting tool, such as Power BI or Tableau.

Querying your federated database instance with Atlas SQL incurs data transfer charges. See Data Federation Costs to learn more about the costs associated with Atlas Data Federation.

To start querying your Atlas data with Atlas SQL, enable the Atlas SQL Interface and connect to your data with a driver or BI tool of your choice.

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