Create Interactive Metabase Dashboards that Work with CockroachDB Data

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Use CData Connect to create a virtual MySQL database for CockroachDB data and create an interactive dashboard in Metabase from CockroachDB data.

Metabase is an open source data visualization tool that allows users to create interactive dashboards. When paired with CData Connect Cloud, users can easily create visualizations and dashboards linked to live CockroachDB data. This article describes how to create a virtual database for CockroachDB and build a simple visualization using CockroachDB data.

CData Connect provides a pure SQL interface for CockroachDB, allowing you to easily integrate with live CockroachDB data in Metabase — without replicating the data. Connect looks exactly like a MySQL database to Metabase and uses optimized data processing out of the box to push all supported SQL operations (filters, JOINs, etc) directly to CockroachDB, leveraging server-side processing to quickly return CockroachDB data.

Create a Virtual MySQL Database for CockroachDB Data

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

  1. Log into Connect Cloud and click Databases.
  2. Select "CockroachDB" from Available Data Sources.
  3. Enter the necessary authentication properties to connect to CockroachDB.

    Set the following to connect to CockroachDB.

    • Server: The host name or IP address of the server.
    • Port: The port number of the CockroachDB server. If not specified, the default port is 26257.
    • Database: The name of the Cockroach database. If not specified, you connect to the user's default database.
    • User: The Cockroach DB user account used to authenticate.
    • Password: The password used to authenticate the user.
  4. Click Test Database.
  5. Click Privileges -> Add and add the new user (or an existing user) with the appropriate permissions.

Connect to CData Connect from Metabase

After creating the virtual database, navigate to your Metabase instance. Use the MySQL interface to connect to CData Connect.

  1. Navigate to the administration screen (Settings -> Admin) and click "Add Database" from the "Databases" tab
  2. Configure the connection to CData Connect and click "Save"
    • Database type: Select "MySQL"
    • Name: Name the connection (e.g. "CockroachDB (CData Connect)")
    • Host: The URL of your Connect instance (e.g. https://myinstance.cdatacloud.net)
    • Port: The port of the MySQL endpoint for your Connect instance (e.g. 3306)
    • Database name: The name of the virtual database you just created (e.g. CockroachDB1)
    • Username: A CData Connect username
    • Password: The password for the above CData Connect user
    • Click to Use a secure connection (SSL)

Query CockroachDB Data with Metabase

Once you configure the connection to CData Connect, you can query CockroachDB and build visualizations.

  1. Use the "Write SQL" tool to retrieve the CockroachDB data
  2. Write a SQL query based on the virtual database, e.g.

    SELECT ShipName, ShipCity FROM Orders WHERE ShipCountry = 'USA'
  3. Navigate to the "Visualization" screen, choose a visualization, and configure the visualization

More Information & Free Trial

At this point, you have built a simple visualization from CockroachDB data in Metabase. You can continue to work with live CockroachDB data in Metabase just like you would any MySQL database. For more information on creating a virtual MySQL database for CockroachDB (and more than 200 other data sources), visit the Connect Cloud page. Sign up for a free trial and start working with live CockroachDB data in Metabase today.