ODBC Driver is an ODBC-compatible application access technology for MySQL databases that supports all SQL functions, including stored procedures, transactions and Unicode character support. Previously the driver was called MyODBC, now it is part of a set of MySQL Connector libraries, which is a software interface to access databases.
The need for ODBC drivers arose with the development of database management systems, when each developer created its own interaction interface, and users needed a tool that would unify the interaction of different programs with databases. First of all, the driver is needed to connect Microsoft Access, MS Office, OpenOffice, Borland, Adobe ColdFusion, Sambar Server and SunSystems products. In the case of MySQL, the need to install such a driver is only necessary in Windows systems, as other systems, such as Unix and Mac OS, have built-in channels to access the database.