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Query Asana Data in MySQL Workbench

Create a virtual MySQL database for Asana data in CData Connect (or Connect Server) and work with live Asana data in MySQL Workbench.

MySQL Workbench allows users to administer MySQL environments and gain better visibility into databases. When paired with CData Connect (on-premise or Connect Server), you get live access to Asana data as if it were a MySQL database. This article shows how to create a virtual database for Asana in Connect and work with live Asana data in MySQL Workbench.

Create a Virtual MySQL Database for Asana Data

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

  1. Login to Connect and click Connections.
  2. Select "Asana" from Available Data Sources.
  3. Enter the necessary authentication properties to connect to Asana.

    You can optionally set the following to refine the data returned from Asana.

    • WorkspaceId: Set this to the globally unique identifier (gid) associated with your Asana Workspace to only return projects from the specified workspace. To get your workspace id, navigate to while logged into Asana. This displays a JSON object containing your workspace name and Id.
    • ProjectId: Set this to the globally unique identifier (gid) associated with your Asana Project to only return data mapped under the specified project. Project IDs can be found in the URL of your project's Overview page. This will be the numbers directly after /0/.

    Connect Using OAuth Authentication

    You must use OAuth to authenticate with Asana. OAuth requires the authenticating user to interact with Asana using the browser. See the "Getting Started" chapter of the help documentation for a guide to using OAuth.

  4. Click Save Changes
  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 Asana from MySQL Workbench.

Query Asana from MySQL Workbench

The steps below outline connecting to the virtual Asana database in Connect from MySQL Workbench and issuing basic queries to work with live Asana data.

Connect to Asana through Connect

  1. In MySQL Workbench, click to add a new MySQL connection.
  2. Name the connection (CData Connect).
  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 Asana Data

  1. Open the connection you just created (CData Connect).
  2. Click File -> New Query Tab.
  3. Write a SQL query to retrieve Asana data, like SELECT * FROM asanadb.projects;

With access to live Asana data from MySQL Workbench, you can easily query and update Asana, just like you would a MySQL database. Request a demo of the CData Connect and start working with Asana just like a MySQL database today.