In this section, you’ll find how to add new integrations/databases to MindsDB.


You should have the latest staging version of the MindsDB repository installed locally. Follow this guide to learn how to install MindsDB for development.

What are Database Handlers?

Database handlers act as a bridge to any database. You use database handlers to create databases using the CREATE DATABASE command. So you can reach data from any database that has its handler implemented within MindsDB.

ML Handlers

To learn more about handlers and how to implement a machine learning (ML) handler, visit our doc page here.

Creating a Database Handler

You can create your own database handler within MindsDB by inheriting from the DatabaseHandler class.

By providing the implementation for some or all of the methods contained in the DatabaseHandler class, you can connect with the database of your choice.

Core Methods

Apart from the __init__() method, there are seven core methods that must be implemented. We recommend checking actual examples in the codebase to get an idea of what goes into each of these methods, as they can change a bit depending on the nature of the system being integrated.

Let’s review the purpose of each method.

connect()It performs the necessary steps to connect to the underlying system.
disconnect()It gracefully closes connections established in the connect() method.
check_connection()It evaluates if the connection is alive and healthy. This method is called frequently.
native_query()It parses any native statement string and acts upon it (for example, raw SQL commands).
query()It takes a parsed SQL command in the form of an abstract syntax tree and executes it.
get_tables()It lists and returns all the available tables. Each handler decides what a table means for the underlying system when interacting with it from the data layer. Typically, these are actual tables.
get_columns()It returns columns of a table registered in the handler with the respective data type.

Authors can opt for adding private methods, new files and folders, or any combination of these to structure all the necessary work that will enable the core methods to work as intended.

Other Common Methods

Under the mindsdb.integrations.libs.utils library, contributors can find various methods that may be useful while implementing new handlers.

Also, there are wrapper classes for the DatabaseHandler instances called HandlerResponse and HandlerStatusResponse. You should use them to ensure proper output formatting.


Each database handler should inherit from the DatabaseHandler class.

Here is a step-by-step guide:

  • Setting the name class property:

    MindsDB uses it internally as the name of the handler.

    For example, the CREATE DATABASE statement uses the handler’s name.

    CREATE DATABASE integration_name
    WITH ENGINE = 'postgres',         --- here, the handler's name is `postgres`
    'host': '',
    'user': 'root',
    'password': 'password'
  • Implementing the __init__() method:

    This method initializes the handler. The connection_data argument contains the PARAMETERS from the CREATE DATABASE statement, such as user, password, etc.

    def __init__(self, name: str, connection_data: Optional[dict]):
        """ constructor
            name (str): the handler name
  • Implementing the connect() method:

    The connect() method sets up the connection.

    def connect(self) -> HandlerStatusResponse:
        """ Set up any connections required by the handler
        Should return the output of check_connection() method after attempting
        connection. Should switch self.is_connected.
  • Implementing the disconnect() method:

    The disconnect() method closes the existing connection.

    def disconnect(self):
        """ Close any existing connections
        Should switch self.is_connected.
  • Implementing the check_connection() method:

    The check_connection() method performs the health check for the connection.

    def check_connection(self) -> HandlerStatusResponse:
        """ Check connection to the handler
  • Implementing the native_query() method:

    The native_query() method runs commands of the native database language.

    def native_query(self, query: Any) -> HandlerResponse:
        """Receive raw query and act upon it somehow.
            query (Any): query in native format (str for sql databases,
                dict for mongo, etc)
  • Implementing the query() method:

    The query method runs parsed SQL commands.

    def query(self, query: ASTNode) -> HandlerResponse:
        """Receive query as AST (abstract syntax tree) and act upon it somehow.
            query (ASTNode): sql query represented as AST. May be any kind
                of query: SELECT, INSERT, DELETE, etc
  • Implementing the get_tables() method:

    The get_tables() method lists all the available tables.

    def get_tables(self) -> HandlerResponse:
        """ Return list of entities
        Return a list of entities that will be accessible as tables.
            HandlerResponse: should have the same columns as information_schema.tables
                Column 'TABLE_NAME' is mandatory, other is optional.
  • Implementing the get_columns() method:

    The get_columns() method lists all columns of a specified table.

    def get_columns(self, table_name: str) -> HandlerResponse:
        """ Returns a list of entity columns
            table_name (str): name of one of tables returned by self.get_tables()
            HandlerResponse: should have the same columns as information_schema.columns
                Column 'COLUMN_NAME' is mandatory, other is optional. Highly
                recommended to define also 'DATA_TYPE': it should be one of
                python data types (by default it is str).

The connection_args Dictionary

The connection_args dictionary contains all of the arguments used to establish the connection along with their descriptions, types, labels, and whether they are required or not.

Here is an example of the connection_args dictionary from the MySQL handler.

connection_args = OrderedDict(
    user = {
        'type': ARG_TYPE.STR,
        'description': 'The user name used to authenticate with the MySQL server.'
        'required': True,
        'label': 'User'
    password = {
        'type': ARG_TYPE.STR,
        'description': 'The password to authenticate the user with the MySQL server.'
        'required': True,
        'label': 'Password'
    database = {
        'type': ARG_TYPE.STR,
        'description': 'The database name to use when connecting with the MySQL server.'
        'required': True,
        'label': 'Database'
    host = {
        'type': ARG_TYPE.STR,
        'description': 'The hostname or IP address of the MySQL server. NOTE: use \'\' instead of \'localhost\' to connect to the local server.'
        'required': True,
        'label': 'Host'
    port = {
        'type': ARG_TYPE.INT,
        'description': 'The TCP/IP port of the MySQL server. Must be an integer.'
        'required': True,
        'label': 'Port'
    ssl = {
        'type': ARG_TYPE.BOOL,
        'description': 'Set it to False to disable ssl.'
        'required': False,
        'label': 'SSL'
    ssl_ca = {
        'type': ARG_TYPE.PATH,
        'description': 'Path or URL of the Certificate Authority (CA) certificate file'
        'required': False,
        'label': 'SSL Certificate Authority'
    ssl_cert = {
        'type': ARG_TYPE.PATH,
        'description': 'Path name or URL of the server public key certificate file'
        'required': False,
        'label': 'SSL Certificates'
    ssl_key = {
        'type': ARG_TYPE.PATH,
        'description': 'The path name or URL of the server private key file'
        'required': False,
        'label': 'SSL Keys'

The connection_args_example Dictionary

The connection_args_example dictionary contains an example of all required arguments to establish the connection.

Here is an example of the connection_args_example dictionary from the MySQL handler.

connection_args_example = OrderedDict(
    host = '',
    port = 3306,
    user = 'root',
    password = 'password',
    database = 'database'

Exporting All Required Variables

The following should be exported in the file of the handler:

  • The Handler class.
  • The version of the handler.
  • The name of the handler.
  • The type of the handler, either DATA handler or ML handler.
  • The icon_path to the file with the database icon.
  • The title of the handler or a short description.
  • The description of the handler.
  • The connection_args dictionary with the connection arguments.
  • The connection_args_example dictionary with an example of the connection arguments.
  • The import_error message that is used if the import of the Handler class fails.

A few of these variables are defined in another file called This file is imported into the file.

Here is an example of the file for the MySQL handler.

from .__about__ import __version__ as version, __description__ as description
    from .mysql_handler import (
        MySQLHandler as Handler,
    import_error = None
except Exception as e:
    Handler = None
    import_error = e

title = 'MySQL'
name = 'mysql'
icon_path = 'icon.svg'

__all__ = [
    'Handler', 'version', 'name', 'type', 'title', 'description',
    'connection_args', 'connection_args_example', 'import_error', 'icon_path'

The file for the same MySQL handler contains the following variables:

__title__ = 'MindsDB MySQL handler'
__package_name__ = 'mindsdb_mysql_handler'
__version__ = '0.0.1'
__description__ = "MindsDB handler for MySQL"
__author__ = 'MindsDB Inc'
__github__ = ''
__pypi__ = ''
__license__ = 'GPL-3.0'
__copyright__ = 'Copyright 2022- mindsdb'

Check out our Database Handlers!

To see some integration handlers that are currently in use, we encourage you to check out the following handlers inside the MindsDB repository:

And here are all the handlers available in the MindsDB repository.