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Create Reports from RSS Feeds in Google Data Studio

Use the CData Cloud Hub to create a virtual MySQL Database for RSS feeds and create custom reports in Google Data Studio.

Google Data Studio allows you to create branded reports with data visualizations to share with your clients. When paired with the CData Cloud Hub, you get instant, cloud-to-cloud access to RSS feeds for visualizations, dashboards, and more. This article shows how to create a virtual database for RSS and build reports from RSS feeds in Google Data Studio.

The CData Cloud Hub provides a pure MySQL, cloud-to-cloud interface for RSS, allowing you to easily build reports from live RSS feeds in Google Data Studio — without replicating the data to a natively supported database. As you build visualizations, Google Data Studio generates SQL queries to gather data. Using optimized data processing out of the box, the CData Cloud Hub pushes all supported SQL operations (filters, JOINs, etc) directly to RSS, leveraging server-side processing to quickly return RSS feeds.

Create a Virtual MySQL Database for RSS Feeds

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 "RSS" from Available Data Sources.
  3. Enter the necessary authentication properties to connect to RSS.

    You can connect to RSS and Atom feeds, as well as feeds with custom extensions. To connect to a feed, set the URL property. You can also access secure feeds. A variety of authentication mechanisms are supported. See the help documentation for details.

  4. Click Test Database.
  5. 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 RSS feeds from any MySQL client.

Visualize Live RSS Feeds in Google Data Studio

The steps below outline connecting to the CData Cloud Hub from Google Data Studio to create a new RSS data source and build a simple visualization from the data.

  1. Log into Google Data Studio, click data sources, create a new data source and choose MySQL.
  2. Choose the basic configuration and set the connection properties:
    • Host name or IP: myinstance.cdatacloud.net
    • Port: 3306
    • Database: rssdb
    • Username: your Cloud Hub username
    • Password: your Cloud Hub password
    • Click Enable SSL, then upload the the Cloud Hub server certificate and a self-signed client certificate & private key (direct download: cloudhubcertificates.zip)
      • Server certificate: server.pem
      • Client certificate: client.pem
      • Client private key: client.key
  3. Click Authenticate
  4. Select the table to visualize or enter a custom query and click Connect.
    NOTE: JOINs are not supported in the user interface, but they are supported as custom queries.
  5. If needed, modify columns, click Create Report and add the data source to the report.
  6. Select a visualization style and add it to the report.
  7. Select Dimensions and Measures to customize your visualization.

SQL Access to RSS Feeds from Cloud Applications

Now you have a direct, cloud-to-cloud connection to live RSS feeds from your Google Data Studio workbook. You can create more data sources and new visualizations, build reports, and more — all without replicating RSS feeds.

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