Query Google Sheets Data as a MySQL Database in Node.js

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Execute MySQL queries against Google Sheets data from Node.js.

You can use CData Connect Cloud to query Google Sheets data through a MySQL interface. Follow the procedure below to create a virtual database for Google Sheets in Connect Cloud and start querying using Node.js.

CData Connect Cloud provides a pure MySQL, cloud-to-cloud interface for Google Sheets, allowing you to easily query live Google Sheets data in Node.js — without replicating the data to a natively supported database. As you query data in Node.js, CData Connect Cloud pushes all supported SQL operations (filters, JOINs, etc) directly to Google Sheets, leveraging server-side processing to quickly return Google Sheets data.

Create a Virtual MySQL Database for Google Sheets Data

CData Connect Cloud uses a straightforward, point-and-click interface to connect to data sources and generate APIs.

  1. Login to Connect Cloud and click Databases.
  2. Select "Google Sheets" from Available Data Sources.
  3. Google Sheets uses OAuth to authenticate. Click Test Database to authenticate with Google Sheets.
  4. Click Privileges -> Add and add the new user (or an existing user) with the appropriate permissions.

With the virtual database created, you are ready to connect to Google Sheets data from any MySQL client.

Query Google Sheets from Node.js

The following example shows how to define a connection and execute queries to Google Sheets with the MySQL module. You will need the following information:

  • Host name, or address, and port: The address of your instance of the Connect Cloud (myinstance.cdatacloud.net) and the port (3306)
  • Username and password: The username and password of a user you authorized on Connect Cloud
  • Database name: The database you configured for Google Sheets (gsheetsdb)

Connect to Google Sheets data and start executing queries with the code below:

var mysql      = require('mysql');
var fs         = require('fs');
var connection = mysql.createConnection({
  host     : 'myinstance.cdatacloud.net',
  database : 'gsheetsdb',
  port	   : '3306',
  user     : 'admin',
  password : 'password',
  ssl      : {
    ca : fs.readFileSync('C:/certs/myCA.pem')
  }
});
connection.connect();
connection.query('SELECT * FROM Orders', function(err, rows, fields) {
  if (err) throw err;
  console.log(rows);
});

connection.end();