Create a ClickHouse Data Source

Follow these steps to connect to ClickHouse and create a ClickHouse data source:

  1. Configure User Access Rights

  2. Create a ClickHouse Data Source

Refer to Additional Information for additional performance tips and information about ClickHouse feature support.

Configure User Access Rights

We recommend that you create a dedicated user and user role for integration with the GoodData platform.


  1. Create a user role and grant access rights:

    CREATE ROLE {role_name};
    GRANT SELECT ON {database_name}.* TO {role_name};
  2. Create a user and grant it the user role:

    CREATE USER {user_name};
    GRANT {role_name} TO {user_name};
  3. Make the user role default for the user:

    ALTER USER {user_name} DEFAULT ROLE {role_name};

Create a ClickHouse Data Source

Once you have configured your ClickHouse user’s access rights, you can proceed to create a ClickHouse data source that you can then connect to.



  1. On the home page switch to Data sources.

    data sources tab
  2. Click Connect data.

    connect data
  3. Select Clickhouse.

    select data source type
  4. Name your data source and fill in your Clickhouse credentials and click Connect:

    db cretentials
  5. Click Save.

    Your data source is created!

    db creation complete


  1. Create a ClickHouse data source with the following API call:

    curl $HOST_URL/api/v1/entities/dataSources \
    -H "Content-Type: application/vnd.gooddata.api+json" \
    -H "Accept: application/vnd.gooddata.api+json" \
    -H "Authorization: Bearer $API_TOKEN" \
    -X POST \
    -d '{
        "data": {
        "type": "dataSource",
        "id": "<unique_id_for_the_data_source>",
        "attributes": {
        "name": "<data_source_display_name>",
        "url": "jdbc:clickhouse:https://<CLICKHOUSE_HOST>:8443/<CLICKHOUSE_DBNAME>",
        "schema": "<CLICKHOUSE_DBNAME>",
        "type": "CLICKHOUSE",
        "username": "<CLICKHOUSE_USER>",
        "password": "<CLICKHOUSE_PASSWORD>"
    }}}' | jq .
  2. To confirm that the data source has been created, ensure the server returns the following response:

      "data": {
        "type": "dataSource",
        "id": "<unique_id_for_the_data_source>",
        "attributes": {
          "name": "<data_source_display_name>",
          "url": "jdbc:clickhouse:https://<CLICKHOUSE_HOST>:8443/<CLICKHOUSE_DBNAME>",
          "schema": "<CLICKHOUSE_DBNAME>",
          "type": "CLICKHOUSE",
          "username": "<CLICKHOUSE_USER>"
      "links": {
        "self": "$HOST_URL/api/v1/entities/dataSources/<unique_id_for_the_data_source>"

Additional Information

Ensure you understand the following limitations and recommended practice.

Data Source Details

  • Typical JDBC URL may look like this:


    For secured connection using SSL include https or ?ssl=true.

    Refer to the ClickHouse documentation to learn more about how the JDBC URL may be formatted.

  • Basic authentication is supported. Specify user and password.

  • GoodData uses up-to-date drivers.

  • Our Clickhouse dialect is tested against Clickhouse version

Beta Limitations

Please be aware of the following limitations while testing the ClickHouse data source:

  • GoodData requires that all strings are encoded in UTF-8 or ASCII, which is a subset of UTF-8.

  • Clickhouse does not support foreign keys. Automatically generated LDM must rely on column naming conventions when it comes to generating relations among datasets.

Unsupported Features

GoodData does not support the following features:

  • The following functions are not supported:
    • RSQ
  • boolean columns are not supported
  • YEAR_FOR_WEEK Date dimension granularity in chronological queries is not supported

Supported URL Parameters

  • ssl
  • sslmode