Step 1: Configure development environment for pyodbc Python development

This article explains how to configure your development environment for pyodbc Python development.


  1. Download Python installer. If your machine doesn't have Python, install it. Go to the Python download page and download the appropriate installer. For example, if you are on a 64-bit machine, download the Python 3.10 (x64) installer.

  2. Install Python. Once the installer is downloaded, do the following steps:

    1. Double-click the file to start the installer.
    2. Select your language, and agree to the terms.
    3. Follow the instructions on the screen to install Python on your computer.
    4. You can verify that Python is installed by going to a command prompt and running python -V. You can also search for Python in the start menu.
  3. Install the Microsoft ODBC Driver for SQL Server on Windows.

  4. Open cmd.exe as an administrator.

  5. Install pyodbc using pip - Python package manager.

    pip install pyodbc  


Installing on Linux is similar. If the following instructions don't work, see the pyODBC install instructions, which have more details for different Linux distributions.

  1. Open terminal.

  2. Install the Microsoft ODBC driver for SQL Server (Linux).

  3. Install pyodbc.

    sudo -H pip install pyodbc


  1. Install the Microsoft ODBC driver for SQL Server (macOS).

  2. Install pyodbc from a terminal using the pyODBC install instructions.

Next steps

Create an SQL database for pyodbc.