Use the CData ODBC Driver for Box in Microsoft Power Query

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Box ODBC Driver

The Box ODBC Driver is a powerful tool that allows you to connect with live Box cloud storage, directly from any applications that support ODBC connectivity.

Access Box like you would a database - read, write, and update Files, Folders, Tasks, Groups, etc. through a standard ODBC Driver interface.



You can use the CData Box ODBC Driver with Microsoft Power Query. In this article, you will use the ODBC driver to import Box data into Microsoft Power Query.

The CData ODBC Driver for Box enables you to link to Box data in Microsoft Power Query, ensuring that you see any updates. This article details how to use the ODBC driver to import Box data into Microsoft Power Query.

Connect to Box as an ODBC Data Source

If you have not already, first specify connection properties in an ODBC DSN (data source name). This is the last step of the driver installation. You can use the Microsoft ODBC Data Source Administrator to create and configure ODBC DSNs.

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.

Import Box Data

Follow the steps below to import Box data using standard SQL:

  1. From the ribbon in Excel, click Power Query -> From Other Data Sources -> From ODBC.

  2. Enter the ODBC connection string. Below is a connection string using the default DSN created when you install the driver: Provider=MSDASQL.1;Persist Security Info=False;DSN=CData Box Source
  3. Enter the SELECT statement to import data with. For example:

    SELECT Name, Size FROM Files
  4. Enter credentials, if required, and click Connect. The results of the query are displayed in the Query Editor Preview. You can combine queries from other data sources or refine the data with Power Query formulas. To load the query to the worksheet, click the Close and Load button.