Install ODBC Support for Linux

These instructions come from many other websites and I have consolidated them for what has worked for me.  If this also works for you, then that’s a good thing.  I have used these instructions to setup ODBC connectivity from Ubuntu 16.04 to a MSSQL server running 2008r2.  Then I have written applications using this ODBC connection in Gambas.

Install Required Packages

sudo apt-get install unixodbc unixodbc-dev freetds-bin

Download and Compile FreeTDS

cd /usr/local 
sudo wget 
tar xvfz freetds-stable.tgz 
cd freetds-0.82 
./configure --enable-msdblib --with-tdsver=8.0 --with-unixodbc=/usr 
make install 
make clean

Test Connections

telnet <ip address of SQL Server> 1433

Should result in:

Connected to <ip address of SQL Server>

tsql -S <ip address of SQL Server> -U <username>

Should result in:


Create Configuration File

In the home directory create .odbc.ini –

Description = MS SQL Server
Driver = /usr/local/lib/
Server = <ip address of SQL Server>
UID = <username>
PWD = <password>
ReadOnly = No
Port = 1433
TDS_Version = 8.0

Test ODBC Connection

isql -v mssqlserver <username> ‘<password>’


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