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Use the CData ODBC Driver for QuickBooks in Microsoft Power Query

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

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

Connect to QuickBooks 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.

When you are connecting to a local QuickBooks instance, you do not need to set any connection properties.

Requests are made to QuickBooks through the Remote Connector. The Remote Connector runs on the same machine as QuickBooks and accepts connections through a lightweight, embedded Web server. The server supports SSL/TLS, enabling users to connect securely from remote machines.

The first time you connect, you will need to authorize the Remote Connector with QuickBooks. See the "Getting Started" chapter of the help documentation for a guide.

Import QuickBooks Data

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

    SELECT Name, CustomerBalance FROM Customers
  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.