I have two applications in my Applications/Utilities folder that look exactly the same except for the icon. One is ODBC Manager, the other is ODBC Administrator.
Does anyone know what the difference between these two is?
ODBC Administrator was shipped with Mac OS X until 10.6 Snow Leopard, when it be came a separate download from the Apple support site.
ODBC Manager is an independently developed application that is functionally equivalent to the Apple ODBC Administrator. It is installed with the Actual ODBC Pack drivers from Actual Technologies (and potentially other 3rd party ODBC drivers).
If you are using 10.5 Leopard or earlier, or if you have installed Apple's Administrator from the support site, then you may have both administrators. You can use either one - Manager is intended to be equivalent (with some of Apple's bugs fixed).
Jonathan Monroe, Actual Technologies
In hopes of minimizing potential future confusion...
Jonathan Monroe's comments are generally correct, but incomplete.
You may additionally encounter the OpenLink ODBC Administrator.app (
The OpenLink ODBC Administrator.app is shipped as part of the iODBC SDK for Mac OS X and with all drivers from OpenLink Software (my employer), who maintains and supports the iODBC Project itself. Other driver vendors may also include this administrator and/or SDK in their installers.
All of these administrators are linked to the same iODBC libraries ("dylibs") and/or Frameworks, and all settings should wind up in the same files (
Due to some bugs in older versions of iODBC and in various third-party installers, some other configuration files (most commonly and problematically,
OpenLink's Technical Support team can assist with this cleanup, if needed. There is no cost for such assistance, if pursued through the web-based Case System.