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Create Kintone-Connected Business Apps in AppSheet

Use the CData Cloud Hub to connect to Kintone from AppSheet and build custom business apps using live Kintone data.

AppSheet provides a no-code development platform for application software, which allows users to create mobile, tablet, and web applications. When paired with the CData Cloud Hub, you get instant, cloud-to-cloud access to Kintone data for business applications. This article shows how to create a virtual database for Kintone in Cloud Hub and build a simple app from Kintone data in AppSheet.

The CData Cloud Hub provides a pure MySQL, cloud-to-cloud interface for Kintone, allowing you to build reports from live Kintone data in AppSheet — without replicating the data to a natively supported database. As you create applications to work with data, AppSheet generates SQL queries to gather data. Using optimized data processing out of the box, the CData Cloud Hub pushes all supported SQL operations (filters, JOINs, etc.) directly to Kintone, leveraging server-side processing to quickly return the requested Kintone data.

Create a Virtual MySQL Database for Kintone Data

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

  1. Log into Cloud Hub and click Databases.
  2. Select "Kintone" from Available Data Sources.
  3. Enter the necessary authentication properties to connect to Kintone.

    In addition to the authentication values, set the following parameters to connect to and retrieve data from Kintone:

    • Url: The URL of your account.
    • GuestSpaceId: Optional. Set this when using a guest space.

    Authennticating with Kintone

    Kintone supports the following authentication methods.

    Using Password Authentication

    You must set the following to authenticate:

    • User: The username of your account.
    • Password: The password of your account.

    Using Basic Authentication

    If the basic authentication security feature is set on the domain, supply the additional login credentials with BasicAuthUser and BasicAuthPassword. Basic authentication requires these credentials in addition to User and Password.

    Using Client SSL

    Instead of basic authentication, you can specify a client certificate to authenticate. Set SSLClientCert, SSLClientCertType, SSLClientCertSubject, and SSLClientCertPassword. Additionally, set User and Password to your login credentials.

  4. Click Test Database.
  5. 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 Kintone data from AppSheet.

Connect to Kintone in AppSheet

The steps below outline connecting to the CData Cloud Hub from AppSheet to create a new Kintone data source.

  1. Log into AppSheet
  2. Click "My account" in the menu
  3. Click the Sources tab and add a new data source
  4. Select Cloud Database and set the connection information
    • Type: MySQL
    • Server: the endpoint for your instance, including port, for example, myinstance.cdatacloud.net:3306
    • Database: the virtual database, for example, Kintone1
    • Username: a Cloud Hub user with permissions for the database
    • Password: the password for the Cloud Hub user
    • SSL: Require SSL
  5. Click "Test Connection"
  6. Click "Authorize Access"

Create an App

Once you create the data source for Kintone, you can start building apps on Kintone data. Start by clicking "My apps" in the menu.

  1. Click to create a new app and select "Start with your own data"
  2. Name the app and select an appropriate category, based on your data
  3. Select the newly created data source (e.g., database-1)
  4. Select the table or view with the data you want

At this point, you can configure the design of your app, selecting which columns from the selected table to display, use as labels, and more. Preview the app in the preview panel and then publish or share it when ready.

To get SQL data access to 150+ SaaS, Big Data, and NoSQL sources directly from your cloud applications, try the CData Cloud Hub.