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Access Live Airtable Data in Google Sheets

Use CData Connect Cloud to create a virtual MySQL Database for Airtable data and gain access to live Airtable data from your Google Sheets.

Google Sheets is a free, web-based spreadsheet program. When paired with CData Connect Cloud, you can instantly access Airtable data from within Google Sheets for data analysis, collaborations, calculations, and more. This article shows how to connect to Airtable in your Connect Cloud instance and access live Airtable data in Google Sheets.

CData Connect Cloud provides a pure cloud-to-cloud interface for Airtable, allowing you to easily access live Airtable data in Google Sheets. Simply use the partner Connect Cloud Connector to generate a query (or write your own). Using optimized data processing out of the box, CData Connect Cloud pushes all supported query operations (filters, JOINs, etc) directly to Airtable, leveraging server-side processing to quickly return Airtable data.

This setup requires a CData Connect Cloud instance and the CData Connect Cloud Connector for Google Sheets. To get started, get a free trial of Connect Cloud and download the free Connect Cloud Google Sheets Connector.


Create a Virtual MySQL Database for Airtable Data

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

  1. Log into Connect Cloud 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 Google Sheets.

Access Live Airtable Data in Google Sheets

The steps below outline connecting to CData Connect Cloud from Google Sheets to access live Airtable data.

  1. Log into Google Sheets, create a new sheet (or open an existing one).
  2. Click Add-ons and click Get Add-ons (if you have already installed the Add-on, jump to step 5).
  3. Search for CData Connect Cloud Connector and select the Add-on.
  4. Authorize the Connector.
  5. Back in Google Sheets, click Add-ons and open the CData Connect Cloud Connector.
  6. Use your instance name (myinstance in myinstance.cdatacloud.net), username, and password to connect to your Connect Cloud instance.
  7. Click CREATE to access Airtable data through your Connect Cloud instance.
  8. Select a Database (e.g. Airtable1) and click Next.
  9. Select a Table (e.g. SampleTable_1) and Fields (columns), add any sorting, filtering, and limits and click Execute.

SQL Access to Airtable Data from Cloud Applications

Now, you have a direct, cloud-to-cloud connection to live Airtable data from your Google Sheets workbook. You can add more data to your workbook for calculations, aggregations, collaboration, and more.

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