Automate Box Integration Tasks from PowerShell

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Are you in search of a quick and easy way to access Box data from PowerShell? This article demonstrates how to utilize the Box Cmdlets and the CData ADO.NET Provider for Box for tasks like connecting to Box data, automating operations, downloading data, and more.

The CData Cmdlets for Box are standard PowerShell cmdlets that make it easy to accomplish data cleansing, normalization, backup, and other integration tasks by enabling real-time and bidirectional access to Box.

PowerShell Cmdlets or ADO.NET Driver?

The Cmdlets are not only a PowerShell interface to Box, but also an SQL interface; this tutorial shows how to use both to create, retrieve, update, and delete Box data. We also show examples of the ADO.NET equivalent, which is possible with the CData ADO.NET Provider for Box. To access Box data from other .NET applications, like LINQPad, use the CData ADO.NET Provider for Box.

Once you have acquired the necessary connection properties, accessing Box data in PowerShell can be enabled in three steps.

Box uses the OAuth standard to authenticate. To authenticate to Box, you will need to obtain the OAuthClientId, OAuthClientSecret, and CallbackURL by registering an app. See the "Getting Started" chapter of the help documentation for a guide to using OAuth.


  1. Install the module:

    Install-Module BoxCmdlets
  2. Connect:

    $box = Connect-Box -OAuthClientId "$OAuthClientId" -OAuthClientSecret "$OAuthClientSecret" -CallbackURL "$CallbackURL"
  3. Search for and retrieve data:

    $id = "123" $files = Select-Box -Connection $box -Table "Files" -Where "Id = `'$Id`'" $files

    You can also use the Invoke-Box cmdlet to execute SQL commands:

    $files = Invoke-Box -Connection $box -Query 'SELECT * FROM Files WHERE Id = @Id' -Params @{'@Id'='123'}


  1. Load the provider's assembly:

    [Reflection.Assembly]::LoadFile("C:\Program Files\CData\CData ADO.NET Provider for Box\lib\System.Data.CData.Box.dll")
  2. Connect to Box:

    $conn= New-Object System.Data.CData.Box.BoxConnection("OAuthClientId=MyOAuthClientId;OAuthClientSecret=MyOAuthClientSecret;CallbackURL=http://localhost:33333;InitiateOAuth=GETANDREFRESH") $conn.Open()
  3. Instantiate the BoxDataAdapter, execute an SQL query, and output the results:

    $sql="SELECT Name, Size from Files" $da= New-Object System.Data.CData.Box.BoxDataAdapter($sql, $conn) $dt= New-Object System.Data.DataTable $da.Fill($dt) $dt.Rows | foreach { Write-Host $ $_.size }

Update Box Data


Update-Box -Connection $Box -Columns @('Name','Size') -Values @('MyName', 'MySize') -Table Files -Id "MyId"


$cmd = New-Object System.Data.CData.Box.BoxCommand("UPDATE Files SET Id='123' WHERE Id = @myId", $conn) $cmd.Parameters.Add(new System.Data.CData.Box.BoxParameter("@myId","10456255-0015501366")) $cmd.ExecuteNonQuery()

Insert Box Data


Add-Box -Connection $Box -Table Files -Columns @("Name", "Size") -Values @("MyName", "MySize")


$cmd = New-Object System.Data.CData.Box.BoxCommand("INSERT INTO Files (Id) VALUES (@myId)", $conn) $cmd.Parameters.Add(new System.Data.CData.Box.BoxParameter("@myId","123")) $cmd.ExecuteNonQuery()

Delete Box Data


Remove-Box -Connection $Box -Table "Files" -Id "MyId"


$cmd = New-Object System.Data.CData.Box.BoxCommand("DELETE FROM Files WHERE Id=@myId", $conn) $cmd.Parameters.Add(new System.Data.CData.Box.BoxParameter("@myId","001d000000YBRseAAH")) $cmd.ExecuteNonQuery()