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Query Google Sheets Data in MySQL Workbench

Execute MySQL queries against live Google Sheets data from MySQL Workbench.

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

Connect to Google Sheets 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.

You can connect to a spreadsheet by providing authentication to Google and then setting the Spreadsheet connection property to the name or feed link of the spreadsheet. If you want to view a list of information about the spreadsheets in your Google Drive, execute a query to the Spreadsheets view after you authenticate.

ClientLogin (username/password authentication) has been officially deprecated since April 20, 2012 and is now no longer available. Instead, use the OAuth 2.0 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.

See the Getting Started chapter in the help documentation to connect to Google Sheets from different types of accounts: Google accounts, Google Apps accounts, and accounts using two-step verification.

Configure the SQL Gateway

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

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

Connect to Google Sheets through the SQL Gateway

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

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

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