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Pipe Salesforce Data to CSV in PowerShell

Use standard PowerShell cmdlets to access Salesforce tables.

The CData Cmdlets Module for Salesforce is a standard PowerShell module offering straightforward integration with Salesforce. Below, you will find examples of using our Salesforce Cmdlets with native PowerShell cmdlets.

Creating a Connection to Your Salesforce Data

There are several authentication methods available for connecting to Salesforce: Login, OAuth, and SSO. The Login method requires you to have the username, password, and security token of the user.

If you do not have access to the username and password or do not wish to require them, you can use OAuth authentication.

SSO (single sign-on) can be used by setting the SSOProperties, SSOLoginUrl, and TokenUrl connection properties, which allow you to authenticate to an identity provider. See the "Getting Started" chapter in the help documentation for more information.

$conn = Connect-Salesforce  -User "$User" -Password "$Password" -SecurityToken "$SecurityToken"

Selecting Data

Follow the steps below to retrieve data from the Account table and pipe the result into to a CSV file:

Select-Salesforce -Connection $conn -Table Account | Select -Property * -ExcludeProperty Connection,Table,Columns | Export-Csv -Path c:\myAccountData.csv -NoTypeInformation

You will notice that we piped the results from Select-Salesforce into a Select-Object cmdlet and excluded some properties before piping them into an Export-Csv cmdlet. We do this because the CData Cmdlets append Connection, Table, and Columns information onto each "row" in the result set, and we do not necessarily want that information in our CSV file.

The Connection, Table, and Columns are appended to the results in order to facilitate piping results from one of the CData Cmdlets directly into another one.

Deleting Data

The following line deletes any records that match the criteria:

Select-Salesforce -Connection $conn -Table Account -Where "Name = GenePoint" | Remove-Salesforce

Inserting and Updating Data

The cmdlets make data transformation easy as well as data cleansing. The following example loads data from a CSV file into Salesforce, checking first whether a record already exists and needs to be updated instead of inserted.

Import-Csv -Path C:\MyAccountUpdates.csv | %{
  $record = Select-Salesforce -Connection $Salesforce -Table Account -Where ("Id = `'"+$_.Id+"`'")
  if($record){
    Update-Salesforce -Connection $salesforce -Table Account -Columns ("Industry","AnnualRevenue") -Values ($_.Industry, $_.AnnualRevenue) -Where ("Id = `'"+$_.Id+"`'")
  }else{
    Add-Salesforce -Connection $salesforce -Table Account -Columns ("Industry","AnnualRevenue") -Values ($_.Industry, $_.AnnualRevenue)
  }
}

As always, our goal is to simplify the way you connect to data. With cmdlets users can install a data module, set the connection properties, and start building. Download Cmdlets and start working with your data in PowerShell today!