Use the CData ODBC Driver for LinkedIn in Microsoft Power Query

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LinkedIn ODBC Driver

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

With the LinkedIn ODBC Driver accessing live People, Profiles, Companies, Groups, Jobs, etc. is as easy as querying a database.



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

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

Connect to LinkedIn 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.

LinkedIn uses the OAuth 2 authentication standard. You will need to obtain the OAuthClientId and OAuthClientSecret by registering an app with LinkedIn. For more information refer to our authentication guide.

Import LinkedIn Data

Follow the steps below to import LinkedIn 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 LinkedIn Source
  3. Enter the SELECT statement to import data with. For example:

    SELECT VisibilityCode, Comment FROM CompanyStatusUpdates
  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.