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Query FreshBooks Data in MySQL Workbench

Execute MySQL queries against live FreshBooks data from MySQL Workbench.

You can use the SQL Gateway from the ODBC Driver for FreshBooks to query FreshBooks data through a MySQL interface. Follow the procedure below to start the MySQL remoting service of the SQL Gateway and work with live FreshBooks data in MySQL Workbench.

Connect to FreshBooks 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.

To connect to FreshBooks, you can set the CompanyName and Token connection properties. Alternatively, you can use the OAuth authentication standard.

OAuth can be used to enable other users to access their own company data. To authenticate using OAuth, you will need to obtain the OAuthClientId and OAuthClientSecret by registering an app. See the "Getting Started" chapter of the help documentation for a guide to using OAuth.

Configure the SQL Gateway

See the SQL Gateway Overview to set up connectivity to FreshBooks data as a virtual MySQL database. You will configure a MySQL remoting service that listens for MySQL requests from clients. The service can be configured in the SQL Gateway UI.

Query FreshBooks from MySQL Workbench

The steps below outline connecting to the virtual FreshBooks database created in the SQL Gateway from MySQL Workbench and issuing basic queries to work with live FreshBooks data.

Connect to FreshBooks through the SQL Gateway

  1. In MySQL Workbench, click to add a new MySQL connection.
  2. Name the connection (CData SQL Gateway for FreshBooks).
  3. Set the Hostname, Port, and Username parameters to connect to the SQL Gateway.
  4. Click Store in Vault to set and store the password.
  5. Click Test Connection to ensure the connection is configured properly and click OK.

Query FreshBooks Data

  1. Open the connection you just created (CData SQL Gateway for FreshBooks).
  2. Click File -> New Query Tab.
  3. Write a SQL query to retrieve FreshBooks data, like SELECT * FROM `CData FreshBooks Sys`.Clients;

With access to live FreshBooks data from MySQL Workbench, you can easily query and update FreshBooks, just like you would a MySQL database. Get started now with a free, 30-day trial of the CData ODBC Driver for FreshBooks and the CData SQL Gateway.