Create Interactive Metabase Dashboards that Work with Amazon DynamoDB Data

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Use CData Connect to create a virtual MySQL database for Amazon DynamoDB data and create an interactive dashboard in Metabase from Amazon DynamoDB data.

Metabase is an open source data visualization tool that allows users to create interactive dashboards. When paired with CData Connect Cloud, users can easily create visualizations and dashboards linked to live Amazon DynamoDB data. This article describes how to create a virtual database for Amazon DynamoDB and build a simple visualization using Amazon DynamoDB data.

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

Create a Virtual MySQL Database for Amazon DynamoDB Data

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

  1. Log into Connect Cloud and click Databases.
  2. Select "Amazon DynamoDB" from Available Data Sources.
  3. Enter the necessary authentication properties to connect to Amazon DynamoDB.

    The connection to Amazon DynamoDB is made using your AccessKey, SecretKey, and optionally your Domain and Region. Your AccessKey and SecretKey can be obtained on the security credentials page for your Amazon Web Services account. Your Region will be displayed in the upper left-hand corner when you are logged into DynamoDB.

  4. Click Test Database.
  5. Click Privileges -> Add and add the new user (or an existing user) with the appropriate permissions.

Connect to CData Connect from Metabase

After creating the virtual database, navigate to your Metabase instance. Use the MySQL interface to connect to CData Connect.

  1. Navigate to the administration screen (Settings -> Admin) and click "Add Database" from the "Databases" tab
  2. Configure the connection to CData Connect and click "Save"
    • Database type: Select "MySQL"
    • Name: Name the connection (e.g. "Amazon DynamoDB (CData Connect)")
    • Host: The URL of your Connect instance (e.g. https://myinstance.cdatacloud.net)
    • Port: The port of the MySQL endpoint for your Connect instance (e.g. 3306)
    • Database name: The name of the virtual database you just created (e.g. Amazon DynamoDB1)
    • Username: A CData Connect username
    • Password: The password for the above CData Connect user
    • Click to Use a secure connection (SSL)

Query Amazon DynamoDB Data with Metabase

Once you configure the connection to CData Connect, you can query Amazon DynamoDB and build visualizations.

  1. Use the "Write SQL" tool to retrieve the Amazon DynamoDB data
  2. Write a SQL query based on the virtual database, e.g.

    SELECT Industry, Revenue FROM Lead
  3. Navigate to the "Visualization" screen, choose a visualization, and configure the visualization

More Information & Free Trial

At this point, you have built a simple visualization from Amazon DynamoDB data in Metabase. You can continue to work with live Amazon DynamoDB data in Metabase just like you would any MySQL database. For more information on creating a virtual MySQL database for Amazon DynamoDB (and more than 200 other data sources), visit the Connect Cloud page. Sign up for a free trial and start working with live Amazon DynamoDB data in Metabase today.