Download Ultorg 1.4.2

To start using Ultorg, please follow the instructions below. For help, you can contact us.

See the Release Notes for a summary of updates since previous versions.

1. Create Your Ultorg Account

First create an Ultorg account, or log in if you already have one.

(Your free 21-day trial period will not start until you actually activate the product.)

2. Download and Install Ultorg 

Installation Instructions for MacOS

  1. Verify the architecture type for your Mac in the dropdown above. Older Macs have Intel processors, while newer ones use the Apple Silicon (M1/M2) architecture. Ultorg will show an error message if you attempt to run the wrong version.
  2. Click the button above to download the Ultorg DMG file.
  3. Double-click the downloaded file. A folder with icons should open.
  4. Drag the Ultorg icon over to the Applications folder shortcut. If you have a previous version of Ultorg installed, you can answer Replace at the prompt.
  5. Ultorg can now be started from the Applications folder, in the same way as other MacOS apps. A security prompt will be shown the first time you run the app; click OK here.

Installation Instructions for Windows

  1. Download the Windows Installer (MSI) file above.
  2. If a previous version of Ultorg is running, close it.
  3. Run the installer.
  4. Click Next in the installer steps, and Finish. Ultorg will be installed for the current user.
  5. You can now run Ultorg from the icon on the Desktop or the Start Menu.

(Alternatively, there is a ZIP file version of Ultorg that you can use e.g. to run Ultorg from a USB drive. For this method, extract the ZIP file to a folder of your choice, then run the file ultorg\bin\ultorg64.exe to start Ultorg. You may need to click past a security prompt.)

Installation Instructions for Windows (ZIP file version)

The ZIP file distribution of Ultorg can be used e.g. to run Ultorg from a USB drive. For other uses we recommend using the Windows Installer instead (select "Windows" in the dropdown above).

  1. Click the button above to download the ZIP file version of Ultorg.
  2. Unzip the downloaded file somewhere.
  3. Run the file ultorg\bin\ultorg64.exe. A security prompt may be shown the first time you run the app.

Installation Instructions for Linux

  1. Download the ZIP file above.
  2. Unzip the downloaded file somewhere.
  3. From the terminal, run the file ultorg/bin/ultorg
    (Double-clicking the file from KDE or GNOME appears to just open it in a text editor.)

    You may see some warning messages on the terminal; these can be ignored. ("Unknown module", "deprecated method" etc.)

3. After Installation

If the Product Activation box appears, please follow the instructions to activate your trial period or paid Ultorg license.

The Ultorg window should now be open with Local Ultorg Folder showing in the pane to the left. At this point, the system is ready to be used. To test Ultorg using a bundled example database:

  1. Click Add Data Source in the panel to the left, and then Connect to Demo Database.
    Context menu showing Connect to Demo Database action
  2. A new icon appears for the data source, with data tables underneath.
    Folder Hierarchy showing expanded Course Catalog data source
  3. Double-click one of the tables in the data source (e.g. Courses in the demo database). This creates a new visual query ("perspective") starting from this table.
  4. You should now see some data in the center of the Ultorg window. From now on, all further query interactions are done from the central spreadsheet-like pane. Every query-related action is started by right-clicking a column in this pane (or by clicking the dropdown button that appears when you hover over a column).
    Context menu in main perspective area

    The most used actions are "Fields & Joins" and "Filter". You can access these by the keyboard shortcuts shown in the context menu. (On Mac, the Command key is used instead of Ctrl.)

To connect to other data sources, click Add Data Source and select an option. An Ultorg perspective can combine data from any number of tables in one or more data sources.

As an introduction, we recommend watching the first demo video on the Resources page (the HYTRADBOI 2022 talk).

External Data Sources

Below are some additional instructions for specific data sources.

Amazon Athena

To connect to Amazon Athena:

  1. Download the Athena JDBC driver. Please download the version called "JDBC driver with AWS SDK".
  2. Add the downloaded JDBC driver (e.g. AthenaJDBC42- to Ultorg via Internals→Services→Databases→Drivers→New Driver.
  3. Now return to the Folders sidebar tab, and click Add Data Source→Connect to Database. Select Amazon Athena in the Driver dropdown and Next.
  4. Fill in your connection details. You will need to replace the AwsRegion and the S3OutputLocation in the JDBC URL.

    If you are authenticating with an IAM secret access key, the Access Key ID should go in the User Name field and the Secret Access Key should go in the Password field.

    Alternatively you may use an AWS credentials file, typically stored at ~/.aws/credentials (where ~ is your OS home directory). In this case, add ;Profile=default to the end of the JDBC URL to use the credentials stored under the [default] heading in the credentials file. Or replace default with the name of another profile heading in the credentials file.

    For more information about authentication options for Amazon Athena, please consult the Configuring Authentication section in Amazon's documentation (page 36).


To connect to Oracle, you will you must first download a JDBC driver. In this case the New Connection wizard will contain instructions.


Use Add Data Source→Connect to File to connect to a SQLite file. To show up in the file browser, the file name should end with one of the common SQLite file extensions (sqlite, sqlite3, db, sdb, db3, s3db, sl3).

If your SQLite file has a different file extension, you can either rename it, or add it in Ultorg by clicking Add Data Source→Connect to Database, selecting SQLite and Next, and then replacing <FILE> with the path to the file in the JDBC URL field.

Known limitation: Filtering will only work on columns with a declared data type. For mixed-type columns, you can work around this limitation by creating a formula column with the formula =text([OriginalColumnName]), and then filter on the formula column instead.

Microsoft SQL Server

Solutions to some common connection problems:

  • When connecting using SSL (the default), the "PKIX path building failed" error can be avoided by adding ";trustServerCertificate=true" to the end of the JDBC URL (discussed here).
  • When connecting using integrated security, the "driver is not configured for integrated authentication" error can be fixed by downloading a DLL file from Microsoft (discussed here).


If your connection appears to succeed, but you get a "no tables found" message, then verify that you are using the correct database name in the connection UI. You can right-click the data source icon (data source icon) and click Edit Data Source to try a different database name.


To connect to Snowflake:

  1. In the Folders sidebar, click Add Data Source→Connect to Database.
  2. In the Driver dropdown, select Snowflake, and click Next.
  3. In the JDBC URL field, enter a connection string as described here. For example,


    connects to the server for the account identifier zmrktil-prb99999 using the warehouse COMPUTE_WH to perform queries. (You may wish to save the JDBC URL somewhere in case you need to retry these steps later.)
  4. Enter the username and password as well.
  5. Click Finish. Your tables should become visible under the new database icon in the Folders sidebar.


To connect to Exasol:

  1. Download the Exasol JDBC driver from this page and add it in Ultorg via Internals→Services→Databases→Drivers→New Driver.
  2. Go back to the Folders tab and click Add Data Source→Connect to Database.
  3. In the Driver dropdown, select Exasol, and click Next.
  4. In the JDBC URL field, enter an Exasol URL as described on this page. For example,


    connects to the server that is used for free trials. (You may wish to save the JDBC URL somewhere in case you need to retry these steps later.)
  5. Enter the username and password as well.
  6. Click Finish. Your tables should become visible under the new database icon in the Folders sidebar.

Databases hosted on Amazon Web Services (AWS RDS)

If you have a database like PostgreSQL or MySQL hosted on AWS, the following steps will permit connections to it from your local computer:

  1. On the AWS admin site, go to the RDS Console.
  2. In the sidebar to the left, click "Databases".
  3. Click the database you would like to connect to.
  4. Under "VPC security groups" (third column in the "Connectivity & security" tab), click the security group.
  5. Click the "Inbound rules" tab in the lower half of the screen, and then "Edit inbound rules".
  6. Click "Add rule". Under "Type", select the database type (e.g. "PostgreSQL" or "MySQL/Aurora"). Under "Source", select "My IP".
  7. Click "Save rules".
  8. You should now be able to connect to your database from tools running locally on your computer, such as Ultorg. If your computer's IP address later changes, you may need to update the "inbound rule" again on AWS.

More complex AWS configurations may require a different way to connect to the database, such as SSH tunneling. On Linux and MacOS, SSH tunneling can be set up from the terminal. On Windows, SSH tunneling can be set up using PuTTY.