I'm running into errors when I try to connect to a PostgreSQL server on the local machine using LibreOffice Base 3.5 (this applies to LibreOffice 4 as well):

LibreOffice Base data source selection

The following syntax (localhost:5432=<database name>; database name worktime) doesn't work:

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When I try to test the connection on the next page, I get the following error:

Error in database URL 'sdbc:postgresql:localhost:5432=localhost':
invalid connection option "localhost:5432"

What is the correct syntax for the datasource URL?

  • I may not ask an SU question especially for that, so I ask you personnally: what do you do when you plug Libre Office into Postgresql ? what kind of help, usefulness does this association offer ? Is it only for editing the content of the database ? Jan 28, 2013 at 13:09
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    @StephaneRolland: LibreOffice provides a graphical interface for input and editing of data in the tables as well as a query builder, among other features that make interfacing with the database easier.
    – bwDraco
    Jan 28, 2013 at 14:46
  • on windows there is also the option to use an ODBC driver, (its a bit too much of a hoop jump to detail in a comment) Feb 19, 2021 at 6:19
  • @StephaneRolland You can use postgresql as a source for data in columns in a calc sheet. Jan 24 at 16:26

3 Answers 3


Ever Forward will answer your question:

This is not an Internet URL, but it functions similarly. You now need to tell LibreOffice to connect to a specific database on a specific computer:

dbname=mydb host=localhost

Use the name of your database in the dbname part. I used localhost for the host part, since PostgreSQL is on the same computer, but I would need to change that in the event that I want to connect from a remote computer.


I know this Q is answered.. but here is more data information for someone who may stumble across this topic.

Another form of datasource URL is in the format of:

dbname=postgres hostaddr= port=5433 user=db_user password=libreoffice

I needed the above, because the default port used by LibreBase is 5432, but I needed 5433.

This URL format is discussed at http://ask.libreoffice.org/question/459/generic-form-of-url-for-postgresql/


As I read here: https://ask.libreoffice.org/t/windows-libreoffice-6-2-3-postgresql-sdbc-driver-error/41693/8

Like me, this workaround can help you
Go to
Edit->Database->Properties... and
Edit->Database->Connection Type...

Set something like this (according to your values):


host = localhost
port = 5432
database to connect = mydb

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