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Use the CData ODBC Driver for RSS in Microsoft Power Query

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

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

Connect to RSS 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.

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.

Import RSS Feeds

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

    SELECT Pubdate, Author FROM RSSFeed
  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.