Mathematica Stack Exchange is a question and answer site for users of Mathematica. Join them; it only takes a minute:

Sign up
Here's how it works:
  1. Anybody can ask a question
  2. Anybody can answer
  3. The best answers are voted up and rise to the top

For those who use Mathematica with databases in companies, a common way to securely connect to those is using Windows Authentication (detailed here).

Mathematica doesn't seem to support this authentication method. How can you connect to a database securely using Windows authentication?

share|improve this question
up vote 15 down vote accepted

After much digging, I found this MathGroup archive detailing how to get Mathematica working with SQL servers protected by Windows authentication.

It's repeated here mainly for posterity's sake.

  1. Download the jTDS files from here:
  2. Unzip and locate the ntlmauth.dll file in the appropriate folder (x64, x86, IA64).
  3. Copy this file to $InstallationDirectory under SystemFiles>Java>(appropriate Windows folder)>bin
  4. Restart Mathematica.

Let's hope Wolfram decides to include this in the next version.

Update for V10

Now in V10 jTDS 1.3.1 is the standard. No need to manual upgrade.

share|improve this answer
Wow!.. this really works. I just implemented it in version 9. Tks – Murta Dec 8 '12 at 17:49
@Murta, I really hoped they implemented it in v9. It's crucial to a lot of us in enterprises. – kale Dec 8 '12 at 18:45
Unfortunately the answer is no. Now I have another challenge that is similar to your post in this question. – Murta Dec 8 '12 at 18:49
I have a 32-bit operating system. When I downloaded the jTDS file and unzipped it I saw two folders, one called x64 and one called x86 both containing the ntlmauth.dll file. There was no folder for x32. Which version of this file should I use? Also, when I went to my Mathematica\...\Java folder there are two sub-folders, one called "Windows" and one called "Windows-x86-64". Both of these folders have a "bin" sub-folder. Which of these is the correct folder to use? – Lara Jordan Oct 16 '13 at 8:49
@LaraJordan, x86 is 32bit. Grab the .dll from that folder and place it under Java>Windows not Windows-x86-64... – kale Oct 16 '13 at 22:13

Your Answer


By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.