Integrate Live MongoDB Data into Custom Business Apps Built in Power Apps

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Use CData Connect Cloud to connect to MongoDB data and integrate live MongoDB data into apps built in Microsoft Power Apps.

Power Apps is a service for building and using custom business apps that connect to your data and work across the web and mobile — without the time and expense of custom software development. When paired with CData Connect Cloud, you get instant, cloud-to-cloud access to MongoDB data from the apps you build using Power Apps. This article shows how to connect to Connect Cloud from Power Apps and build an app based on live MongoDB data.

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

Connect to MongoDB in Connect Cloud

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

  1. Log into Connect Cloud, click Connections and click Add Connection
  2. Select "MongoDB" from the Add Connection panel
  3. Enter the necessary authentication properties to connect to MongoDB.

    Set the Server, Database, User, and Password connection properties to connect to MongoDB. To access MongoDB collections as tables you can use automatic schema discovery or write your own schema definitions. Schemas are defined in .rsd files, which have a simple format. You can also execute free-form queries that are not tied to the schema.

  4. Click Create & Test
  5. Navigate to the Permissions tab in the Add MongoDB 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 MongoDB data from Power Apps.

Connecting to CData Connect Cloud

To use Connect Cloud to integrate MongoDB data into your Power Apps, you need a new SQL Server connection:

  1. Log in to Power Apps
  2. Click Dataverse -> Connections -> New connection
  3. Select SQL Server
  4. In the connection wizard:

    • Choose to connect directly
    • Set SQL server name to tds.cdata.com,14333
    • Set SQL database name to the name of the MongoDB connection (e.g. MongoDB1)
    • Set Username to a Connect Cloud user (e.g. user@mydomain.com)
    • Set Password to the PAT for the above user
    • Click Create

Building a Data-Centric App for MongoDB Data

With the connection to Connect Cloud configured, you are ready to integrate live MongoDB data into the apps you build in Power Apps.

  1. Log in to Power Apps
  2. Click Create and select "SQL"
  3. Select the SQL Server connection you created
  4. Search for or choose a table to work with
  5. Click Connect
  6. Customize the newly created app just like you would any other, including changing the layout and setting the fields exposed in BrowseScreen, DetailScreen, and EditScreen

At this point, you have an app with read and write access to live MongoDB data that you can save and publish for use within your organization.

SQL Access to MongoDB Data from Cloud Applications

Now you have a direct connection to live MongoDB data from Microsoft Power Apps. You can create more connections and apps to drive business — all without replicating MongoDB data.

To get real-time data access to 100+ SaaS, Big Data, and NoSQL sources directly from your cloud applications, see the CData Connect Cloud.