Snowflake Drivers

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Snowflake Drivers enable the use of programming languages like Go, C#, and Python for developing applications that interact with Snowflake. The Snowflake emulator facilitates testing Snowflake integration without connecting to the actual Snowflake instance. This guide provides instructions on connecting the Snowflake emulator with various drivers.

Snowflake Connector for Python

The Snowflake Connector for Python (snowflake-connector-python) is a Python library that facilitates connecting Python programs to Snowflake databases and executing operations. Utilize this connector to link to the Snowflake emulator for testing your Snowflake integrations in Python.

To install the Snowflake Connector for Python, execute the following command:

$ pip install snowflake-connector-python

The Snowflake emulator operates on - note that this is a DNS name that resolves to a local IP address ( to make sure the connector interacts with the local APIs. Connect to the emulator using the following Python code:

import snowflake.connector as sf

conn = sf.connect(

Subsequently, create a warehouse named test_warehouse, a database named testdb, and a schema named testschema using the Snowflake Connector for Python:

conn.cursor().execute("CREATE WAREHOUSE IF NOT EXISTS test_warehouse")
conn.cursor().execute("CREATE DATABASE IF NOT EXISTS testdb")
conn.cursor().execute("USE DATABASE testdb")
conn.cursor().execute("CREATE SCHEMA IF NOT EXISTS testschema")

Node.js Driver

The Snowflake Node.js driver facilitates connecting to Snowflake and executing operations on Snowflake databases using Node.js. Use this driver to link to the Snowflake emulator for testing Snowflake integration.

To install the Snowflake Node.js driver, execute the following command:

$ npm install snowflake-sdk

The Snowflake emulator runs on Connect to the emulator using the following JavaScript code:

var snowflake = require('snowflake-sdk');
var connection = snowflake.createConnection({
    username: 'test',
    password: 'test',
    account: 'test',
    database: 'test',
    host: '',
connection.connect(function(err, conn) {
  if (err) {
    console.error('Unable to connect: ' + err.message);
  } else {
    console.log('Successfully connected as id: ' + connection.getId());

Execute a query to create a database named testdb and verify the results using the following JavaScript code:

    sqlText: 'CREATE DATABASE testdb',
    complete: function(err, stmt, rows) {
      if (err) {
        console.error('Failed to execute statement due to the following error: ' + err.message);
      } else {
        console.log('Successfully executed statement: ' + stmt.getSqlText());