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The GitHub Excel Add-In is a powerful tool that allows you to connect with live GitHub data, directly from Microsoft Excel.

Use Excel to read, write, and update GitHub Repositories, Projects, Labels, Issues, etc. Perfect for mass imports / exports / updates, data cleansing & de-duplication, Excel based data analysis, and more!

How to update GitHub from Excel

This article explains how to transfer data from Excel to GitHub using the Excel Add-In for GitHub.

The CData Excel Add-In for GitHub enables you to edit and save GitHub data directly from Excel. This article explains how to transfer data from Excel to GitHub. This technique is useful if you want to work on GitHub data in Excel and update changes, or if you have a whole spreadsheet you want to import into GitHub. In this example, you will use the Users table; however, the same process will work for any table that can be retrieved by the CData Excel Add-In.

Establish a Connection

If you have not already done so, create a new GitHub connection by clicking From GitHub on the ribbon.

GitHub uses the OAuth 2 authentication standard. To authenticate using OAuth, you will need to create an app to obtain the OAuthClientId, OAuthClientSecret, and CallbackURL connection properties. See the Getting Started chapter of the CData help documentation for an authentication guide.

Retrieve Data from GitHub

To insert data into GitHub, you will first need to retrieve data from the GitHub table you want to add to. This links the Excel spreadsheet to the GitHub table selected: After you retrieve data, any changes you make to the data are highlighted in red.

  1. Click the From GitHub button on the CData ribbon. The Data Selection wizard is displayed.
  2. In the Table or View menu, select the Users table.
  3. In the Maximum Rows menu, select the number of rows you want to retrieve. If you want to insert rows, you need to retrieve only one row. The Query box will then display the SQL query that corresponds to your request.
  4. In the Sheet Name box, enter the name for the sheet that will be populated. By default the add-in will create a new sheet with the name of the table.

Insert Rows to GitHub

After retrieving data, you can add data from an existing spreadsheet in Excel.

  1. In a cell after the last row, enter a formula referencing the corresponding cell from the other spreadsheet; for example, =MyUsersSheetInExcel!A1.
  2. After using a formula to reference the cells you want to add to GitHub, select the cells that you are inserting data into and drag the formula down as far as needed. The referenced values you want to add will be displayed on the Users sheet.
  3. Highlight the rows you want to insert and click the Update Rows button.

As each row is inserted, the Id value will appear in the Id column and the row's text will change to black, indicating that the record has been inserted.