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How to integrate Metabase with QuickBooks Online Data

Use CData Connect Cloud to connect to live QuickBooks Online data and create an interactive dashboard in Metabase from QuickBooks Online data.

Metabase is an open source data visualization tool that allows users to create interactive dashboards. When paired with CData Connect Cloud, users can easily create visualizations and dashboards linked to live QuickBooks Online data. This article describes how to connect to QuickBooks Online and build a simple visualization using QuickBooks Online data.

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

Configure QuickBooks Online Connectivity for Metabase

Connectivity to QuickBooks Online from Metabase is made possible through CData Connect Cloud. To work with QuickBooks Online data from Metabase, we start by creating and configuring a QuickBooks Online connection.

  1. Log into Connect Cloud, click Connections and click Add Connection
  2. Select "QuickBooks Online" from the Add Connection panel
  3. QuickBooks Online uses OAuth to authenticate. Click "Sign in" to authenticate with QuickBooks Online.
  4. Navigate to the Permissions tab in the Add QuickBooks Online 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 QuickBooks Online data from Metabase.

Connect to CData Connect from Metabase

After creating the virtual database, navigate to your Metabase instance. Use the SQL Server interface to connect to Connect Cloud.

  1. Navigate to the administration screen (Settings -> Admin) and click "Add Database" from the "Databases" tab
  2. Configure the connection to Connect Cloud and click "Save"
    • Database type: Select "SQL Server"
    • Name: Name the connection (e.g. "QuickBooks Online (Connect Cloud)")
    • Host:
    • Port: 14333
    • Database name: The name of the connection you just created (e.g. QuickBooksOnline1)
    • Username: A Connect Cloud username (e.g.
    • Password: The PAT for the above Connect Cloud user
    • Click to Use a secure connection (SSL)

Execute QuickBooks Online Data with Metabase

Once you configure the connection to Connect Cloud, you can query QuickBooks Online and build visualizations.

  1. Use the "Write SQL" tool to retrieve the QuickBooks Online data
  2. Write a SQL query based on the QuickBooks Online connection in CData Connect Cloud, e.g.

    SELECT DisplayName, Balance FROM Customers
  3. Navigate to the "Visualization" screen, choose a visualization, and configure the visualization

More Information & Free Trial

At this point, you have built a simple visualization from QuickBooks Online data in Metabase. You can continue to work with live QuickBooks Online data in Metabase just like you would any SQL Server database. For more information on creating a live connection to QuickBooks Online (and more than 100 other data sources), visit the Connect Cloud page. Sign up for a free trial and start working with live QuickBooks Online data in Metabase today.