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Transfer Data from Excel to DigitalOcean

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

The CData Excel Add-In for DigitalOcean enables you to edit and save DigitalOcean data directly from Excel. This article explains how to transfer data from Excel to DigitalOcean. This technique is useful if you want to work on DigitalOcean data in Excel and update changes, or if you have a whole spreadsheet you want to import into DigitalOcean. In this example, you will use the Droplets 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 DigitalOcean connection by clicking From DigitalOcean on the ribbon.

DigitalOcean uses OAuth 2.0 authentication. To authenticate using OAuth, you can use the embedded credentials or register an app with DigitalOcean.

See the Getting Started guide in the CData driver documentation for more information.

Retrieve Data from DigitalOcean

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

  1. Click the From DigitalOcean button on the CData ribbon. The Data Selection wizard is displayed.
  2. In the Table or View menu, select the Droplets 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 DigitalOcean

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, =MyDropletsSheetInExcel!A1.
  2. After using a formula to reference the cells you want to add to DigitalOcean, 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 Droplets 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.