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Snowflake connection
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 these 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
  • Username and password
  • 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 Snowflake's default authentication. For information about federated authentication provided by Okta, see Native SSO.

For Private connectivity, to connect to a database that is not externalized to the internet (for example, behind a firewall), you must set up a secure connection.

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. 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 Refinery (Watson Studio or Watson Knowledge Catalog)
  • DataStage (DataStage service)
  • Metadata import (Watson Knowledge Catalog)
  • SPSS Modeler (Watson Studio)


  • Platform assets catalog
  • Other catalogs (Watson Knowledge Catalog)

Watson Query service You can connect to this data source from Watson Query. This connection type requires special consideration in Watson Query. 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.

Learn more

Snowflake in 20 Minutes

Parent topic: Supported connections