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Snowflake connection

Snowflake connection

To access your data in Snowflake, create a connection asset for it.

Snowflake is a cloud-based data storage and analytics service.

Create a connection to Snowflake

To create the connection asset, you need the following connection details:

  • Account name: The full name of your account
  • Database name
  • Role: The default access control role to use in the Snowflake session
  • Warehouse: The virtual warehouse


Authentication method:

  • Username and password

  • Key-Pair: Enter the contents of the private key and the key passphrase (if configured). These properties must be set up by the Snowflake administrator. For information, see Key Pair Authentication & Key Pair Rotation in the Snowflake documentation.

  • Okta URL endpoint: If your company uses native Okta SSO authentication, enter the Okta URL endpoint for your Okta account. Example: https://<okta_account_name>.okta.com. Leave this field blank if you want to use the default authentication of Snowflake. For information about federated authentication provided by Okta, see Native SSO.

Choose the method for creating a connection based on where you are in the platform

In a project
Click Assets > New asset > Data access tools > Connection. See Adding a connection to a project.
In a catalog
Click Add to catalog > Connection. See Adding a connection asset to a catalog.
In a deployment space
Click Add to space > Connection. See Adding connections to a deployment space.
In the Platform assets catalog
Click New connection. For more information, see Adding platform connections.

Next step: Add data assets from the connection

Where you can use this connection

You can use Snowflake connections in the following workspaces and tools:


  • Data quality rules (IBM Knowledge Catalog)
  • Data Refinery (Watson Studio or IBM Knowledge Catalog)
  • DataStage (DataStage service). For more information, see Connecting to a data source in DataStage.
  • Decision Optimization (Watson Studio and Watson Machine Learning)
  • Metadata enrichment (IBM Knowledge Catalog)
  • Metadata import (IBM Knowledge Catalog)
  • SPSS Modeler (Watson Studio)


  • Platform assets catalog

  • Other catalogs (IBM Knowledge Catalog)

Watson Query service
You can connect to this data source from Watson Query. This connection requires special consideration in Watson Query. For more information, see Connecting to Snowflake in Watson Query.

Snowflake setup

General Configuration

Running SQL statements

To ensure that your SQL statements run correctly, refer to the Snowflake SQL Command Reference for the correct syntax.

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Snowflake in 20 Minutes

Parent topic: Supported connections

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