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Create Dropbox-Connected Business Apps in AppSheet

Use the CData Cloud Hub to connect to Dropbox from AppSheet and build custom business apps using live Dropbox data.

AppSheet provides a no-code development platform for application software, which allows users to create mobile, tablet, and web applications. When paired with the CData Cloud Hub, you get instant, cloud-to-cloud access to Dropbox data for business applications. This article shows how to create a virtual database for Dropbox in Cloud Hub and build a simple app from Dropbox data in AppSheet.

The CData Cloud Hub provides a pure MySQL, cloud-to-cloud interface for Dropbox, allowing you to build reports from live Dropbox data in AppSheet — without replicating the data to a natively supported database. As you create applications to work with data, AppSheet generates SQL queries to gather data. Using optimized data processing out of the box, the CData Cloud Hub pushes all supported SQL operations (filters, JOINs, etc.) directly to Dropbox, leveraging server-side processing to quickly return the requested Dropbox data.

Create a Virtual MySQL Database for Dropbox Data

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

  1. Log into Cloud Hub and click Databases.
  2. Select "Dropbox" from Available Data Sources.
  3. Dropbox uses OAuth to authenticate. Click Test Database to authenticate with Dropbox.
  4. Click Privileges -> Add and add the new user (or an existing user) with the appropriate permissions.

With the virtual database created, you are ready to connect to Dropbox data from AppSheet.

Connect to Dropbox in AppSheet

The steps below outline connecting to the CData Cloud Hub from AppSheet to create a new Dropbox data source.

  1. Log into AppSheet
  2. Click "My account" in the menu
  3. Click the Sources tab and add a new data source
  4. Select Cloud Database and set the connection information
    • Type: MySQL
    • Server: the endpoint for your instance, including port, for example, myinstance.cdatacloud.net:3306
    • Database: the virtual database, for example, Dropbox1
    • Username: a Cloud Hub user with permissions for the database
    • Password: the password for the Cloud Hub user
    • SSL: Require SSL
  5. Click "Test Connection"
  6. Click "Authorize Access"

Create an App

Once you create the data source for Dropbox, you can start building apps on Dropbox data. Start by clicking "My apps" in the menu.

  1. Click to create a new app and select "Start with your own data"
  2. Name the app and select an appropriate category, based on your data
  3. Select the newly created data source (e.g., database-1)
  4. Select the table or view with the data you want

At this point, you can configure the design of your app, selecting which columns from the selected table to display, use as labels, and more. Preview the app in the preview panel and then publish or share it when ready.

To get SQL data access to 150+ SaaS, Big Data, and NoSQL sources directly from your cloud applications, try the CData Cloud Hub.