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Query Gmail Data in MySQL Workbench

Execute MySQL queries against live Gmail data from MySQL Workbench.

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

Connect to Gmail 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.

There are two ways to authenticate to Gmail. Before selecting one, first ensure that you have enabled IMAP access in your Gmail account settings. See the "Connecting to Gmail" section under "Getting Started" in the installed documentation for a guide.

The User and Password properties, under the Authentication section, can be set to valid Gmail user credentials.

Alternatively, instead of providing the Password, you can use the OAuth authentication standard. To access Google APIs on behalf on individual users, you can use the embedded credentials or you can register your own OAuth app.

OAuth also enables you to use a service account to connect on behalf of users in a Google Apps domain. To authenticate with a service account, you will need to register an application to obtain the OAuth JWT values.

In addition to the OAuth values, you will need to provide the User. See the "Getting Started" chapter in the help documentation for a guide to using OAuth.

Configure the SQL Gateway

See the SQL Gateway Overview to set up connectivity to Gmail 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 Gmail from MySQL Workbench

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

Connect to Gmail through the SQL Gateway

  1. In MySQL Workbench, click to add a new MySQL connection.
  2. Name the connection (CData SQL Gateway for Gmail).
  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 Gmail Data

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

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