Create an RPA Flow that Connects to Plaid Data in UiPath Studio

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Plaid ODBC Driver

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

Access Plaid data like you would a database - read, write, and update Assets, Investments, Liabilities, Transactions, etc. through a standard ODBC Driver interface.



Use the Plaid ODBC Driver to create workflows that access real-time Plaid data without any coding.

UiPath is a Robotic Process Automation (RPA) platform with rich features and an easy-to-use UI that enables non-developers to create process automation. By using UiPath Studio, you can build an RPA program just like drawing a diagram. With the CData ODBC Driver for Plaid, users can embed Plaid data in the workflow.

This article walks through using the Plaid ODBC Driver in UiPath Studio to create an RPA program that accesses Plaid data.

Configure the Connection to Plaid

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.

You can connect to Plaid using the embedded OAuth connectivity. When you connect, the Plaid OAuth endpoint opens in your browser. Log in and grant permissions to complete the OAuth process. See the OAuth section in the online Help documentation for more information on other OAuth authentication flows.

Optionally set the Account Id property to return data related to a specific Account.

Connect UiPath Studio to Plaid Data

Now you are ready to use Plaid data ODBC DSN in UiPath Studio with the following steps.

  1. From the Start page, click Blank to create a New Project.
  2. Click Manage Packages then search for and install UiPath.Database.Activities.
  3. Navigate to the Activities and drop a Flowchart (Workflow -> Flowchart -> Flowchart) onto the process.
  4. Drop a database Connect activity (App Integration -> Datbase -> Connect) after the Start activity.
  5. Double-click the Connect activity and configure the Connection.
    1. Click the Connection Wizard
    2. Select "Microsoft ODBC Data Source"
    3. In Connection Properties, select your DSN (CData Plaid Source) and click OK
  6. To store Connection info, create a variable and bind to Output in the Properties section. Choose DatabaseConnection in Output.

Create an Execute Query Activity

With the connection configured, we are ready to query Plaid data in our RPA.

  1. From the Activities navigation, select Execute Query and drop it on the Flowchart.
  2. Double-click the Execute Query activity and set the properties as follows:
    • ExistingDbConnection: Your Connection variable
    • Sql: SELECT statement like SELECT AccountId, Name FROM Transactions WHERE Name = 'Apple Store'
    • DataTable: Create and use a variable with the Type System.Data.DataTable

Create Write CSV Activity

With the Connection and Execute Query activities configured, we are ready to add a Write CSV activity to the Flowchart to replicate the Plaid data.

  1. From the Activities navigation, select Write CSV and drop it after the Execute Query activity.
  2. Double-click the Write CSV activity and set the properties as follows:
    • FilePath: Set to a file (new or existing) on disk (i.e.: C:\UiPath[id]-data.csv
    • DataTable: Set to the DataTable variable you created earlier

Connect the Activities and Run the Flowchart

If they are not already connected, connect each Activity that you created to complete the RPA project for extracting Plaid data and exporting it to CSV.

Click Run to extract Plaid data and create a CSV file.

In this article, we used the CData ODBC Driver for Plaid to create an automation flow that accesses Plaid data in UiPath Studio. Download a free, 30-day trial of the ODBC Driver and start working with live Plaid data in UiPath Studio today!