Query Dropbox Data through ODBC in Node.js

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Dropbox ODBC Driver

The Dropbox ODBC Driver is a powerful tool that allows you to connect with live Dropbox cloud storage, directly from any applications that support ODBC connectivity.

Access Dropbox like you would a database - access Files, Folders, Users, etc. through a standard ODBC Driver interface.



Use node-odbc to execute SQL queries against Dropbox data from Node.js.

Node.js is a JavaScript runtime environment that allows you to run JavaScript code outside of a browser. With the CData ODBC Driver for Dropbox, you can access live Dropbox data from Node.js apps and scripts. In this article, we walk through installing node-odbc and the required tools to create a simple Node.js app with access to live Dropbox data.

With built-in optimized data processing, the CData ODBC Driver offers unmatched performance for interacting with live Dropbox data in Node.js. When you issue complex SQL queries from Node.js to Dropbox, the driver pushes supported SQL operations, like filters and aggregations, directly to Dropbox and utilizes the embedded SQL engine to process unsupported operations client-side (often SQL functions and JOIN operations).

Connecting to Dropbox Data

If you have not already done so, provide values for the required connection properties in the data source name (DSN). You can use the built-in Microsoft ODBC Data Source Administrator to configure the DSN. This is also the last step of the driver installation. See the "Getting Started" chapter in the help documentation for a guide to using the Microsoft ODBC Data Source Administrator to create and configure a DSN.

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

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

Building node-odbc

In order to connect to Dropbox through the CData ODBC Driver, you need to build node-odbc manually (after installing the required tools).

Installing the Required Tools

The following commands install the tools required to build node-odbc (note the -g parameter, which installs the tools globally).

npm i -g windows-build-tools
npm i -g node-gyp

Building node-odbc

After installing the required tools, create a directory for the Node.js app and install odbc (which builds the binary for us to use in our Node.js script).

mkdir nodeodbc
cd nodeodbc
npm i -g node

Querying Dropbox from Node.js

With the ODBC Driver installed, a DSN Configured, and node-odbc built, we are ready to query live Dropbox data from a Node.js app. The sample code below connects to a specific DSN and queries the Files table.

myscript.js

const odbc = require('odbc');

async function queryDropbox() {
    const connection = await odbc.connect(`DSN=CData Dropbox Source`);
    const data = await connection.query('SELECT Id, Name FROM Files');
    console.log(data);
}

queryDropbox();

Once you write the app, use node to execute the script:

node myscript.js

Download a free, 30-day trial of the CData ODBC Driver for Dropbox and start working with your live Dropbox data in Node.js. Reach out to our Support Team if you have any questions.