Create Interactive Metabase Dashboards that Work with eBay Data

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Use CData Connect to create a virtual MySQL database for eBay data and create an interactive dashboard in Metabase from eBay 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 eBay data. This article describes how to create a virtual database for eBay and build a simple visualization using eBay data.

CData Connect provides a pure SQL interface for eBay, allowing you to easily integrate with live eBay 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 eBay, leveraging server-side processing to quickly return eBay data.

Create a Virtual MySQL Database for eBay 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 "eBay" from Available Data Sources.
  3. Enter the necessary authentication properties to connect to eBay.

    If you will be accessing your own account, you can generate an OAuthAccessToken from your developer account dashboard. You can also allow other users to securely access their own accounts.

    Both of these methods require you to create an application key set to obtain values for the following connection properties: AppId, CertId, DevId, and SiteId.

    The user consent flow additionally requires the RuName and CallbackURL.

    See the "Getting Started" chapter in the help documentation for a guide to using OAuth.

  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. "eBay (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. eBay1)
    • Username: A CData Connect username
    • Password: The password for the above CData Connect user
    • Click to Use a secure connection (SSL)

Query eBay Data with Metabase

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

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

    SELECT Title, HitCount FROM ItemListing
  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 eBay data in Metabase. You can continue to work with live eBay data in Metabase just like you would any MySQL database. For more information on creating a virtual MySQL database for eBay (and more than 200 other data sources), visit the Connect Cloud page. Sign up for a free trial and start working with live eBay data in Metabase today.