Use the CData ODBC Driver for GraphQL in Microsoft Power Query

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GraphQL ODBC Driver

The GraphQL ODBC Driver is a powerful tool that allows you to connect with live data from GraphQL, directly from any applications that support ODBC connectivity.

Access GraphQL data like you would a database through a standard ODBC Driver interface.



You can use the CData GraphQL ODBC Driver with Microsoft Power Query. In this article, you will use the ODBC driver to import GraphQL data into Microsoft Power Query.

The CData ODBC Driver for GraphQL enables you to link to GraphQL data in Microsoft Power Query, ensuring that you see any updates. This article details how to use the ODBC driver to import GraphQL data into Microsoft Power Query.

Connect to GraphQL as an ODBC Data Source

If you have not already, first specify connection properties in an ODBC DSN (data source name). This is the last step of the driver installation. You can use the Microsoft ODBC Data Source Administrator to create and configure ODBC DSNs.

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.

Import GraphQL Data

Follow the steps below to import GraphQL data using standard SQL:

  1. From the ribbon in Excel, click Power Query -> From Other Data Sources -> From ODBC.

  2. Enter the ODBC connection string. Below is a connection string using the default DSN created when you install the driver: Provider=MSDASQL.1;Persist Security Info=False;DSN=CData GraphQL Source
  3. Enter the SELECT statement to import data with. For example:

    SELECT Name, Email FROM Users WHERE UserLogin = 'admin'
  4. Enter credentials, if required, and click Connect. The results of the query are displayed in the Query Editor Preview. You can combine queries from other data sources or refine the data with Power Query formulas. To load the query to the worksheet, click the Close and Load button.