Connecting to Your Accounts

This topic provides the URL and account identifier formats that you use to connect to the Snowflake accounts in your organization.

In this Topic:

Connecting to the Snowflake Web Interface

For details about using a browser to connect to an account in Snowsight, the Snowflake web interface, see Signing in to Snowsight.

Connecting with a URL

Snowflake supports multiple URL formats when connecting to a Snowflake account without a browser. For example, an identity provider might use a direct URL to communicate with Snowflake.

  • The account name format uses the name of the account and its organization to identify the account. To find the name of your organization and account, see Viewing the Name of Your Organization and Its Accounts.

  • The connection name format, which replaces the account name with the name of a connection, is required when using the Client Redirect feature. To find the name of your connection, execute the SHOW CONNECTIONS command.

  • The legacy account locator format is currently supported, but its use is discouraged.

Standard Account URLs

The standard URL format can be used in most cases where a Snowflake account URL is required, including:

  • SSO connections (except Okta)

  • SCIM base URL (except Okta)

  • OAuth connections with third-party identity providers (except Okta)

  • OAuth base URL for a Snowflake Authorization Server

The standard URL formats are:

  • Account name: https://<orgname>-<account_name>.snowflakecomputing.com

  • Connection name: https://<orgname>-<connectionname>.snowflakecomputing.com

  • Account locator (legacy): https://<accountlocator>.<region>.<cloud>.snowflakecomputing.com

Private Connectivity URLs

When connecting to Snowflake using private connectivity (e.g. AWS PrivateLink), the string privatelink must be appended to the account identifier in the Snowflake account URL.

  • Account Name: https://<orgname>-<account_name>.privatelink.snowflakecomputing.com

  • Connection Name: https://<orgname>-<connectionname>.privatelink.snowflakecomputing.com

  • Account Locator (legacy): https://<account_locator>.<region>.privatelink.snowflakecomputing.com

Note that using private connectivity requires updating DNS records to include the private connectivity URL. For more information, see:

Okta URLs

When using Okta for SSO, SCIM, or OAuth, you must use a special account name format if the account name contains an underscore. Because Okta does not support underscores in URLs, the underscore in the account name must be converted to a hyphen.

  • Account name: https://<orgname>-<account-name>.snowflakecomputing.com

  • Connection name: Use the standard URL

  • Account locator (legacy): Use the standard URL

Connecting with Clients, Connectors, and Drivers

Clients, connectors, and drivers use a variety of syntaxes to connect to Snowflake. In general, you should use the variation that includes the organization name (orgname) and account name (account_name), with the following exceptions:

  • If you use the Client Redirect feature, replace the name of the account (account_name) with the name of the connection (connection_name). For examples of this syntax, see Using a Connection URL.

  • Currently, private connectivity to the Snowflake service using the account name format is not supported. As a workaround, append privatelink to the account locator syntax. To verify which value you should use to connect to Snowflake when using private connectivity, call the SYSTEM$GET_PRIVATELINK_CONFIG function in your Snowflake account.

SnowSQL
  • Account name: snowsql -a <orgname>-<account_name>

  • Account locator: snowsql -a <account_locator>

JDBC
  • Account name: jdbc:snowflake://<orgname>-<account_name>.snowflakecomputing.com/?<connection_params>

  • Account locator: jdbc:snowflake://<account_locator>.snowflakecomputing.com/?<connection_params>

ODBC
  • Account name:

    • Server: <orgname>-<account_name>.snowflakecomputing.com

  • Account locator:

    • Server: <account_locator>.snowflakecomputing.com

Python
  • Account name:

    • Set the ACCOUNT parameter value as <orgname>-<account_name>.

  • Account locator:

    • Set the ACCOUNT parameter value as <account_locator>.<region_id>.<cloud>.

.Net
  • Account name:

    • Set the ACCOUNT parameter value as <orgname>-<account_name>.

    • Set the HOST parameter value as the default (.snowflakecomputing.com).

  • Account locator:

    • Set the ACCOUNT parameter value as <account_locator>.

    • Set the HOST parameter value as the default .snowflakecomputing.com. Specify if your Snowflake account is not in the us-west region.

Golang
  • Account name: db, err := sql.Open("snowflake", "jsmith:mypassword@<orgname>-<account_name>/mydb/testschema?warehouse=mywh")

  • Account locator: sql.Open("snowflake", "jsmith:mypassword@<account_locator>/mydb/testschema?warehouse=mywh")

node.js
  • Account name: Set the ACCOUNT parameter value as <orgname>-<account_name>.

  • Account locator: Set the ACCOUNT parameter value as <account_locator>.<region_id>.<cloud>.

Spark (connector)
  • Account name: Same as JDBC

  • Account locator: Same as JDBC

Spark (Databricks)
  • Account name: <Account URL for Snowflake account>

  • Account locator: <Account Locator URL for Snowflake account>

Spark (Qubole)
  • Account name: Set the Host Address field value as <orgname>-<account_name>.snowflakecomputing.com.

  • Account locator: Set the Host Address field value as <account_locator>.snowflakecomputing.com.

PHP
  • Account name:

    • Set the ACCOUNT parameter value as <orgname>-<account_name>.

    • Leave the REGION parameter value blank for all regions.

  • Account locator:

    • Set the ACCOUNT parameter value as <account_locator>.

    • Set the REGION parameter value if your Snowflake account is not in the us-west region.

SQLAchemy
  • Account name: snowflake://<user_login_name>:<password>@<orgname>-<account_name>

  • Account locator: snowflake://<user_login_name>:<password>@<account_locator>.<region_id>.<cloud>

Backwards Compatibility

Using the legacy account locator in an account identifier or account URL is still supported, though discouraged.

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