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How to integrate Metabase with Google Sheets Data



Use CData Connect Cloud to connect to live Google Sheets data and create an interactive dashboard in Metabase from Google Sheets data.

Metabase is an open source data visualization tool that allows users to create interactive dashboards. When paired with CData Connect Cloud, users can easily create visualizations and dashboards linked to live Google Sheets data. This article describes how to connect to Google Sheets and build a simple visualization using Google Sheets data.

CData Connect provides a pure cloud-to-cloud interface for Google Sheets, allowing you to easily integrate with live Google Sheets data in Metabase — without replicating the data. Connect looks exactly like a SQL Server database to Metabase and uses optimized data processing out of the box to push all supported SQL operations (filters, JOINs, etc) directly to Google Sheets, leveraging server-side processing to quickly return Google Sheets data.

Configure Google Sheets Connectivity for Metabase

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

  1. Log into Connect Cloud, click Connections and click Add Connection
  2. Select "Google Sheets" from the Add Connection panel
  3. Google Sheets uses OAuth to authenticate. Click "Sign in" to authenticate with Google Sheets.
  4. Navigate to the Permissions tab in the Add Google Sheets Connection page and update the User-based permissions.

Add a Personal Access Token

If you are connecting from a service, application, platform, or framework that does not support OAuth authentication, you can create a Personal Access Token (PAT) to use for authentication. Best practices would dictate that you create a separate PAT for each service, to maintain granularity of access.

  1. Click on your username at the top right of the Connect Cloud app and click User Profile.
  2. On the User Profile page, scroll down to the Personal Access Tokens section and click Create PAT.
  3. Give your PAT a name and click Create.
  4. The personal access token is only visible at creation, so be sure to copy it and store it securely for future use.

With the connection configured, you are ready to connect to Google Sheets data from Metabase.

Connect to CData Connect from Metabase

After creating the virtual database, navigate to your Metabase instance. Use the SQL Server interface to connect to Connect Cloud.

  1. Navigate to the administration screen (Settings -> Admin) and click "Add Database" from the "Databases" tab
  2. Configure the connection to Connect Cloud and click "Save"
    • Database type: Select "SQL Server"
    • Name: Name the connection (e.g. "Google Sheets (Connect Cloud)")
    • Host: tds.cdata.com
    • Port: 14333
    • Database name: The name of the connection you just created (e.g. GoogleSheets1)
    • Username: A Connect Cloud username (e.g. [email protected])
    • Password: The PAT for the above Connect Cloud user
    • Click to Use a secure connection (SSL)

Execute Google Sheets Data with Metabase

Once you configure the connection to Connect Cloud, you can query Google Sheets and build visualizations.

  1. Use the "Write SQL" tool to retrieve the Google Sheets data
  2. Write a SQL query based on the Google Sheets connection in CData Connect Cloud, e.g.

    SELECT Shipcountry, SUM(OrderPrice) FROM Orders GROUP BY Shipcountry
  3. Navigate to the "Visualization" screen, choose a visualization, and configure the visualization

More Information & Free Trial

At this point, you have built a simple visualization from Google Sheets data in Metabase. You can continue to work with live Google Sheets data in Metabase just like you would any SQL Server database. For more information on creating a live connection to Google Sheets (and more than 100 other data sources), visit the Connect Cloud page. Sign up for a free trial and start working with live Google Sheets data in Metabase today.