Access Live GraphQL Data in Excel (Desktop)

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Use CData Connect Cloud to gain access to live GraphQL data from your Excel spreadsheets.

Microsoft Excel is a widely used spreadsheet software application, primarily used for tasks related to data management, analysis, and visualization. When combined with CData Connect Cloud, you gain immediate access to GraphQL data directly within Excel, facilitating data analysis, collaboration, calculations, and more.This article shows how to connect to GraphQL in your Connect Cloud instance and access live GraphQL data in Excel spreadsheets.

CData Connect Cloud provides a pure cloud-to-cloud interface for GraphQL, allowing you to easily access live GraphQL data in Excel for the web. Simply use the Connect Cloud Add-In to query live data (or write your own). Using optimized data processing out of the box, CData Connect Cloud pushes all supported query operations (filters, JOINs, etc) directly to GraphQL, leveraging server-side processing to quickly return GraphQL data.

This setup requires a CData Connect Cloud instance and the CData Connect Cloud Add-In for Excel. To get started, sign up a free trial of Connect Cloud and install the free Connect Cloud Excel Add-In.


Configure GraphQL Connectivity for Excel

Connectivity to GraphQL from Excel is made possible through CData Connect Cloud. To work with GraphQL data from Excel, we start by creating and configuring a GraphQL connection.

  1. Log into Connect Cloud, click Connections and click Add Connection
  2. Select "GraphQL" from the Add Connection panel
  3. Enter the necessary authentication properties to connect to GraphQL.

    You must specify the URL of the GraphQL service. The driver supports two types of authentication:

    • Basic: Set AuthScheme to Basic. You must specify the User and Password of the GraphQL service.
    • OAuth 1.0 & 2.0: Take a look at the OAuth section in the Help documentation for detailed instructions.
  4. Click Create & Test
  5. Navigate to the Permissions tab in the Add GraphQL Connection page and update the User-based permissions.

With the connection configured, you are ready to connect to GraphQL data from Excel.

Access Live GraphQL Data in Excel

The steps below outline connecting to CData Connect Cloud from Excel to access live GraphQL data.

  1. Open Excel, create a new sheet (or open an existing one).
  2. Click Insert and click Get Add-ins. (if you have already installed the Add-In, jump to step 4).
  3. Search for CData Connect Cloud Add-In and install the Add-in.
  4. Click Data and open the CData Connect Cloud Add-In.
  5. In the Add-In panel, click Authorize to authenticate with your CData Connect Cloud instance
  6. In the CData Connect Cloud panel in Excel, click Import
  7. Choose a Connection (e.g. GraphQL1), Table (e.g. Users), and Columns to import
  8. Optionally add Filters, Sorting, and a Limit
  9. Click Execute to import the data

Live Access to GraphQL Data from Cloud Applications

New, you have a direct, cloud-to-cloud connection to live GraphQL data from your Excel workbook. You can add more data to your workbook for calculations, aggregations, collaboration, and more.

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