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Connect to live data from Zenefits with the API Driver

Connect to Zenefits

How to Query Zenefits Data in MySQL Workbench

Execute MySQL queries against live Zenefits data from MySQL Workbench.

You can use the SQL Gateway from the ODBC Driver for Zenefits to query Zenefits data through a MySQL interface. Follow the procedure below to start the MySQL remoting service of the SQL Gateway and work with live Zenefits data in MySQL Workbench.

Connect to Zenefits Data

If you have not already done so, provide values for the required connection properties in the data source name (DSN). You can use the built-in Microsoft ODBC Data Source Administrator to configure the DSN. This is also the last step of the driver installation. See the "Getting Started" chapter in the help documentation for a guide to using the Microsoft ODBC Data Source Administrator to create and configure a DSN.

Start by setting the Profile connection property to the location of the Zenefits Profile on disk (e.g. C:\profiles\Zenefits.apip). Next, set the ProfileSettings connection property to the connection string for Zenefits (see below).

Zenefits API Profile Settings

In order to authenticate to Zenefits, you'll need to provide your API Key. To create an API Key, from your account head over to Company Overview > Custom Integrations, then besides Rest API Access select Add Token. Set the API Key in the ProfileSettings property to connect.

Configure the SQL Gateway

See the SQL Gateway Overview to set up connectivity to Zenefits data as a virtual MySQL database. You will configure a MySQL remoting service that listens for MySQL requests from clients. The service can be configured in the SQL Gateway UI.

Creating a MySQL Remoting Service in SQL Gateway (Salesforce is shown)

Query Zenefits from MySQL Workbench

The steps below outline connecting to the virtual Zenefits database created in the SQL Gateway from MySQL Workbench and issuing basic queries to work with live Zenefits data.

Connect to Zenefits through the SQL Gateway

  1. In MySQL Workbench, click to add a new MySQL connection.
  2. Name the connection (CData SQL Gateway for Zenefits).
  3. Set the Hostname, Port, and Username parameters to connect to the SQL Gateway.
  4. Click Store in Vault to set and store the password.
  5. Click Test Connection to ensure the connection is configured properly and click OK.

Query Zenefits Data

  1. Open the connection you just created (CData SQL Gateway for Zenefits).
  2. Click File -> New Query Tab.
  3. Write a SQL query to retrieve Zenefits data, like SELECT * FROM `CData API Sys`.People;

With access to live Zenefits data from MySQL Workbench, you can easily query and update Zenefits, just like you would a MySQL database. Get started now with a free, 30-day trial of the CData API Driver for ODBC and the CData SQL Gateway.