Excel Spreadsheet Automation with the QUERY Formula

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Excel Add-In for Databricks

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

Use Excel to read, write, and update Databricks. Perfect for mass imports / exports / updates, data cleansing & de-duplication, Excel based data analysis, and more!



Pull data, automate spreadsheets, and more with the QUERY formula.

The CData Excel Add-In for Databricks provides formulas that can edit, save, and delete Databricks data. The following three steps show how you can automate the following task: Search Databricks data for a user-specified value and then organize the results into an Excel spreadsheet.

The syntax of the CDATAQUERY formula is the following: =CDATAQUERY(Query, [Connection], [Parameters], [ResultLocation]);

This formula requires three inputs:

  • Query: The declaration of the Databricks data records you want to retrieve or the modifications to be made, written in standard SQL.
  • Connection: Either the connection name, such as DatabricksConnection1, or a connection string. The connection string consists of the required properties for connecting to Databricks data, separated by semicolons.

    To connect to a Databricks cluster, set the properties as described below.

    Note: The needed values can be found in your Databricks instance by navigating to Clusters, and selecting the desired cluster, and selecting the JDBC/ODBC tab under Advanced Options.

    • Server: Set to the Server Hostname of your Databricks cluster.
    • HTTPPath: Set to the HTTP Path of your Databricks cluster.
    • Token: Set to your personal access token (this value can be obtained by navigating to the User Settings page of your Databricks instance and selecting the Access Tokens tab).
  • ResultLocation: The cell that the output of results should start from.

Pass Spreadsheet Cells as Inputs to the Query

The procedure below results in a spreadsheet that organizes all the formula inputs in the first column.

  1. Define cells for the formula inputs. In addition to the connection inputs, add another input to define a criterion for a filter to be used to search Databricks data, such as Country.
  2. In another cell, write the formula, referencing the cell values from the user input cells defined above. Single quotes are used to enclose values such as addresses that may contain spaces.
  3. =CDATAQUERY("SELECT * FROM Customers WHERE Country = '"&B8&"'","Server="&B1&";Port="&B2&";TransportMode="&B3&";HTTPPath="&B4&";UseSSL="&B5&";User="&B6&";Password="&B7&";Provider=Databricks",B9)
  4. Change the filter to change the data.