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Query Airtable Data in MySQL Workbench

Execute MySQL queries against live Airtable data from MySQL Workbench.

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

Connect to Airtable 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.

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.

Configure the SQL Gateway

See the SQL Gateway Overview to set up connectivity to Airtable 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.

Query Airtable from MySQL Workbench

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

Connect to Airtable through the SQL Gateway

  1. In MySQL Workbench, click to add a new MySQL connection.
  2. Name the connection (CData SQL Gateway for Airtable).
  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 Airtable Data

  1. Open the connection you just created (CData SQL Gateway for Airtable).
  2. Click File -> New Query Tab.
  3. Write a SQL query to retrieve Airtable data, like SELECT * FROM `CData Airtable Sys`.SampleTable_1;

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