In every organization, data generation, management, and its analysis is a routine task. Once an organization grows, the amount of data that needs to be stored, monitored and analyzed rises exponentially. With traditional databases, managing, and analyzing such an enormous amount of data can be difficult. Thus, a data warehouse capable of scaling up with the increasing demands of data storage and analysis is a must.
Redshift is one such data warehouse, which can help you store and analyze enormous amounts of data.

An easier way of accessing and using Redshift is through SQL Workbench. It is a visual tool for database developers, architects, and database administrators, that provides them with a graphical user interface through which they can perform development and administrative tasks.

This article aims at answering all your queries about setting up SQL Workbench Redshift integration. Follow our easy step-by-step guide to master the skill of achieving SQL Workbench Redshift integration.

Introduction to Redshift

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Amazon Redshift is a fully-managed petabyte-scale cloud-based data warehouse, designed to store large scale data sets and perform insightful analysis on them in real-time.

It is highly column-oriented & designed to connect with SQL-based clients and business intelligence tools, making data available to users in real-time. Supporting PostgreSQL 8, Redshift delivers exceptional performance and efficient querying. Each Amazon Redshift data warehouse contains a collection of computing resources (nodes) organized in a cluster, each having an engine of its own and a database to it.

For further information on Amazon Redshift, you can check the official site here.

Introduction to SQL Workbench

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SQL Workbench is a graphical tool for working with databases. SQL Workbench offers users a graphical user interface, allowing them to perform various database-related tasks.

It integrates SQL development, database design, administration, creation, and maintenance into a visually-integrated development environment.
Using the SQL Workbench, you can perform various tasks such as creating, viewing, configuring servers, etc. and can even take a full backup of your data. It allows users to create, optimise and execute complex SQL queries as well.

For further information on SQL Workbench, you can check the official site here.

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  • Working knowledge of Redshift.
  • Working knowledge of SQL Workbench.
  • SQL Workbench installed at the host workstation.
  • A Redshift account.

Steps to achieve SQL Workbench Redshift Integration

JDBC drivers can be used to establish a connection between Redshift & SQL Workbench. The JDBC driver can add a data source such as SQL Workbench and then connect it with Redshift.

This can be implemented using the following steps:

Step 1: Installing SQL Workbench & JDBC Driver for Redshift

Download the latest version of MySQL Workbench from the official website and ensure you select the correct version for your operating system. Follow the instructions mentioned in the official documentation to install the SQL Workbench.

Once you’ve installed the SQL Workbench, you now need to install the JDBC driver for Redshift. Download the JDBC driver for Redshift from the official AWS website. You can check out the official documentation here to not only download but also configure the JDBC driver on your system.

Step 2: Configuring SQL Workbench

Launch SQL Workbench on your system. A new window will now open up, select the file option from the menu bar on the top of your screen and choose the connect window option.

Connecting window in Workbench.

Once you’ve clicked on the connection window option, you now need to create a new profile. Click on the create a new profile option and provide a unique name for your group. For example, you can use RedshiftWorkbenchConnection as the name for your group.

Naming your default group.

Click on the driver option and select your Redshift JDBC driver from the various choices available in the driver drop-down list. A new dialogue box will now open up on your screen, click on okay to edit your driver definition.

Editing the Driver Definition.

A new window called manage drivers will now open up on your screen. Click on the folder icon and select the directory on the system, where you have downloaded the JDBC driver. Once you’ve found it, select it. You can now see the file path in the library window. Click on okay to save your settings.

Selecting the installation directory.

This is how you can configure SQL Workbench to achieve a successful SQL Workbench Redshift integration.

Step 3: Connecting with Redshift

Once you’ve configured the SQL Workbench, you need to provide your credentials such as username and password for your Redshift database. These credentials will allow SQL Workbench to connect and transfer data into Redshift, allowing you to perform a fruitful analysis on your data using a BI tool of your choice.

Adding username and password to set up SQL Workbench Redshift.

Click on okay to successfully establish a connection between Redshift and SQL Workbench. This is how you can use the Redshift JDBC driver to successfully achieve SQL Workbench Redshift integration.

Limitations of connecting SQL Workbench with Redshift

Connecting SQL Workbench to Redshift provides you with an easy way of accessing, modifying, and administering your Redshift data. However, you might experience several limitations while working with them:

  • SQL Workbench often consumes a very high amount of memory within a short period depending on the task you are performing. High memory consumption results in it performing poorly.
  • The SQL Workbench houses a large number of useful features and allows users to perform various operations such as creating, viewing and configuring servers and databases, etc. but it doesn’t provide an easy to use interface, making it difficult for newcomers to work on it.


This article teaches you how to successfully set up SQL Workbench Redshift integration. It also provides in-depth knowledge about the concepts behind every step to help you understand and implement them efficiently. This method, however, can be challenging especially for a beginner & this is where Hevo saves the day. Hevo Data, a No-code Data Pipeline helps you transfer data from a source of your choice in a fully-automated and secure manner without having to write the code repeatedly. Hevo with its strong integration with 100+ sources & BI tools, allows you to not only export & load data but also transform & enrich your data & make it analysis-ready in a jiffy.

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Nicholas Samuel
Technical Content Writer, Hevo Data

Nicholas Samuel is a technical writing specialist with a passion for data, having more than 14+ years of experience in the field. With his skills in data analysis, data visualization, and business intelligence, he has delivered over 200 blogs. In his early years as a systems software developer at Airtel Kenya, he developed applications, using Java, Android platform, and web applications with PHP. He also performed Oracle database backups, recovery operations, and performance tuning. Nicholas was also involved in projects that demanded in-depth knowledge of Unix system administration, specifically with HP-UX servers. Through his writing, he intends to share the hands-on experience he gained to make the lives of data practitioners better.

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