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Create Airtable-Connected Business Apps in AppSheet

Use the CData Cloud Hub to connect to Airtable from AppSheet and build custom business apps using live Airtable data.

AppSheet provides a no-code development platform for application software, which allows users to create mobile, tablet, and web applications. When paired with the CData Cloud Hub, you get instant, cloud-to-cloud access to Airtable data for business applications. This article shows how to create a virtual database for Airtable in Cloud Hub and build a simple app from Airtable data in AppSheet.

The CData Cloud Hub provides a pure MySQL, cloud-to-cloud interface for Airtable, allowing you to build reports from live Airtable data in AppSheet — without replicating the data to a natively supported database. As you create applications to work with data, AppSheet generates SQL queries to gather data. Using optimized data processing out of the box, the CData Cloud Hub pushes all supported SQL operations (filters, JOINs, etc.) directly to Airtable, leveraging server-side processing to quickly return the requested Airtable data.

Create a Virtual MySQL Database for Airtable Data

CData Cloud Hub uses a straightforward, point-and-click interface to connect to data sources and generate APIs.

  1. Log into Cloud Hub and click Databases.
  2. Select "Airtable" from Available Data Sources.
  3. Enter the necessary authentication properties to connect to Airtable.

    APIKey, BaseId and TableNames parameters are required to connect to Airtable. ViewNames is an optional parameter where views of the tables may be specified.

    • APIKey : API Key of your account. To obtain this value, after logging in go to Account. In API section click Generate API key.
    • BaseId : Id of your base. To obtain this value, it is in the same section as the APIKey. Click on Airtable API, or navigate to https://airtable.com/api and select a base. In the introduction section you can find "The ID of this base is appxxN2ftedc0nEG7."
    • TableNames : A comma separated list of table names for the selected base. These are the same names of tables as found in the UI.
    • ViewNames : A comma separated list of views in the format of (table.view) names. These are the same names of the views as found in the UI.
  4. Click Test Database.
  5. Click Privileges -> Add and add the new user (or an existing user) with the appropriate permissions.

With the virtual database created, you are ready to connect to Airtable data from AppSheet.

Connect to Airtable in AppSheet

The steps below outline connecting to the CData Cloud Hub from AppSheet to create a new Airtable data source.

  1. Log into AppSheet
  2. Click "My account" in the menu
  3. Click the Sources tab and add a new data source
  4. Select Cloud Database and set the connection information
    • Type: MySQL
    • Server: the endpoint for your instance, including port, for example, myinstance.cdatacloud.net:3306
    • Database: the virtual database, for example, Airtable1
    • Username: a Cloud Hub user with permissions for the database
    • Password: the password for the Cloud Hub user
    • SSL: Require SSL
  5. Click "Test Connection"
  6. Click "Authorize Access"

Create an App

Once you create the data source for Airtable, you can start building apps on Airtable data. Start by clicking "My apps" in the menu.

  1. Click to create a new app and select "Start with your own data"
  2. Name the app and select an appropriate category, based on your data
  3. Select the newly created data source (e.g., database-1)
  4. Select the table or view with the data you want

At this point, you can configure the design of your app, selecting which columns from the selected table to display, use as labels, and more. Preview the app in the preview panel and then publish or share it when ready.

To get SQL data access to 150+ SaaS, Big Data, and NoSQL sources directly from your cloud applications, try the CData Cloud Hub.