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Connect to QuickBooks Online Data as a Federated Tables in MySQL

Use the CData Cloud Hub to set up federated tables for QuickBooks Online data in MySQL .

You can use the CData Cloud Hub to set up federated tables in MySQL for QuickBooks Online data. The Cloud Hub provides a MySQL interface for QuickBooks Online: After configuring a virtual MySQL database for QuickBooks Online, you can create a server and tables using the FEDERATED Storage Engine in MySQL. You can then work with QuickBooks Online data just as you would local MySQL tables.

The CData Cloud Hub provides a pure MySQL, cloud-to-cloud interface for QuickBooks Online, allowing you to easily query live QuickBooks Online data alongside existing MySQL data — all without replicating the data. Using optimized data processing out of the box, the CData Cloud Hub pushes all supported SQL operations (filters, JOINs, etc) directly to QuickBooks Online, leveraging server-side processing to quickly return QuickBooks Online data.

Create a Virtual MySQL Database for QuickBooks Online Data

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

  1. Login to Cloud Hub and click Databases.
  2. Select "QuickBooks Online" from Available Data Sources.
  3. QuickBooks Online uses OAuth to authenticate. Click Test Database to authenticate with QuickBooks Online.
  4. 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 QuickBooks Online data from any MySQL client.

Create a FEDERATED Server and Tables for QuickBooks Online Data

After you have configured and started the service, create a FEDERATED server to simplify the process of creating FEDERATED tables:

Create a FEDERATED Server

The following statement will create a FEDERATED server based on the Cloud Hub. Note that the username and password of the FEDERATED server must match a user account you defined on the Cloud Hub.

CREATE SERVER fedQuickBooksOnline
OPTIONS (USER 'cloud_hub_user', PASSWORD 'cloud_hub_passwd', HOST '', PORT 3306, DATABASE 'qbonlinedb');

Create a FEDERATED Table

To create a FEDERATED table using our newly created server, use the CONNECTION keyword and pass the name of the FEDERATED server and the remote table (Customers). Refer to the following template for the statement to create a FEDERATED table:

CREATE TABLE fed_customers (
  displayname  TYPE(LEN),
  balance  TYPE(LEN),

NOTE: The table schema for the FEDERATED table must match the remote table schema exactly. You can always connect directly to the Cloud Hub using any MySQL client and run SHOW COLUMNS FROM Customers to get the table schema.

Execute Queries

You can now execute queries to the QuickBooks Online FEDERATED tables from any tool that can connect to MySQL, which is particularly useful if you need to JOIN data from a local table with data from QuickBooks Online. Refer to the following example:

  local_table.foreign_displayname = fed_customers.displayname;