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Integrate Dropbox Data into Automated Tasks with Power Automate

Use CData Connect Cloud to create a virtual SQL Server database for Dropbox data and integrate live Dropbox data into your Power Automate (Microsoft Flow) tasks.

Power Automate (Microsoft Flow) is an online service that automates events (known as workflows) across the most common apps and services. When paired with CData Connect Cloud, you get instant, cloud-to-cloud access to Dropbox data for visualizations, dashboards, and more. This article shows how to connect to Connect Cloud from Power Automate and integrate live Dropbox data into your workflows and tasks.

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

Create a Virtual SQL Database for Dropbox Data

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

  1. Login to Connect Cloud 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.

Connecting to CData Connect Cloud

To use Connect Cloud to integrate Dropbox data into your Power Automate tasks, you need a new SQL Server connection:

  1. Log in to Power Automate
  2. Click Data -> Connections -> New connection
  3. Select SQL Server
  4. In the connection wizard:

    • Choose to connect directly
    • Set SQL server name to the address of your Connect Cloud instance (myinstance.cdatacloud.net)
    • Set SQL database name to the name of the virtual Dropbox database you created earlier (like dropboxdb)
    • Set the Username and Password and click Create

Integrating Dropbox Data into Power Automate Tasks

With the connection to Connect Cloud configured, you are ready to integrate live Dropbox data into your Power Automate tasks.

  1. Log in to Power Automate
  2. Click My flows -> New and choose to create the flow from blank or template
  3. Add (or configure) a SQL Server action (like Get rows) and configure the action to connect to your Connect Cloud connection
  4. Select a Table to work with (from the drop-down menu) and configure any advanced options (like filters, orders, etc)
  5. Configure any actions to follow and test, then save the flow

SQL Access to Dropbox Data from Cloud Applications

Now you have a direct connection to live Dropbox data from Power Automate tasks. You can create more connections and workflows to drive business — all without replicating Dropbox data.

To get SQL data access to 200+ SaaS, Big Data, and NoSQL sources directly from your cloud applications, see the CData Connect Cloud.