Transfer Data from Excel to Azure Data Catalog

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Excel Add-In for Azure Data Catalog

The Azure Data Catalog Excel Add-In is a powerful tool that allows you to connect with live Azure Data Catalog data, directly from Microsoft Excel.

Use Excel to read, write, and update Azure Data Catalog Schemas, Tables, etc. Perfect for mass imports / exports / updates, data cleansing & de-duplication, Excel based data analysis, and more!



This article explains how to transfer data from Excel to Azure Data Catalog using the Excel Add-In for Azure Data Catalog.

The CData Excel Add-In for Azure Data Catalog enables you to edit and save Azure Data Catalog data directly from Excel. This article explains how to transfer data from Excel to Azure Data Catalog. This technique is useful if you want to work on Azure Data Catalog data in Excel and update changes, or if you have a whole spreadsheet you want to import into Azure Data Catalog. In this example, you will use the Tables table; however, the same process will work for any table that can be retrieved by the CData Excel Add-In.

Establish a Connection

If you have not already done so, create a new Azure Data Catalog connection by clicking From Azure Data Catalog on the ribbon.

You can optionally set the following to read the different catalog data returned from Azure Data Catalog.

    CatalogName: Set this to the CatalogName associated with your Azure Data Catalog. To get your Catalog name, navigate to your Azure Portal home page > Data Catalog > Catalog Name

Connect Using OAuth Authentication

You must use OAuth to authenticate with Azure Data Catalog. OAuth requires the authenticating user to interact with Azure Data Catalog using the browser. For more information, refer to the OAuth section in the help documentation.

Retrieve Data from Azure Data Catalog

To insert data into Azure Data Catalog, you will first need to retrieve data from the Azure Data Catalog table you want to add to. This links the Excel spreadsheet to the Azure Data Catalog table selected: After you retrieve data, any changes you make to the data are highlighted in red.

  1. Click the From Azure Data Catalog button on the CData ribbon. The Data Selection wizard is displayed.
  2. In the Table or View menu, select the Tables table.
  3. In the Maximum Rows menu, select the number of rows you want to retrieve. If you want to insert rows, you need to retrieve only one row. The Query box will then display the SQL query that corresponds to your request.
  4. In the Sheet Name box, enter the name for the sheet that will be populated. By default the add-in will create a new sheet with the name of the table.

Insert Rows to Azure Data Catalog

After retrieving data, you can add data from an existing spreadsheet in Excel.

  1. In a cell after the last row, enter a formula referencing the corresponding cell from the other spreadsheet; for example, =MyTablesSheetInExcel!A1.
  2. After using a formula to reference the cells you want to add to Azure Data Catalog, select the cells that you are inserting data into and drag the formula down as far as needed. The referenced values you want to add will be displayed on the Tables sheet.
  3. Highlight the rows you want to insert and click the Insert Rows button.

As each row is inserted, the Id value will appear in the Id column and the row's text will change to black, indicating that the record has been inserted.