Access Live ShipStation Data in Google Sheets

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Use CData Connect Server to create a virtual MySQL Database for ShipStation data and gain access to live ShipStation data from your Google Sheets.

Google Sheets is a free, web-based spreadsheet program. When paired with CData Connect Server, you can instantly access ShipStation data from within Google Sheets for data analysis, collaborations, calculations, and more. This article shows how to connect to ShipStation in your Connect Server instance and access live ShipStation data in Google Sheets.

CData Connect Server provides a pure MySQL interface for ShipStation, allowing you to easily access live ShipStation data in Google Sheets. Simply use the partner Connect Server Connector to generate a query (or write your own). Using optimized data processing out of the box, CData Connect Server pushes all supported query operations (filters, JOINs, etc) directly to ShipStation, leveraging server-side processing to quickly return ShipStation data.

This setup requires a CData Connect Server instance and the CData Connect Server Connector for Google Sheets. To get started, get a free trial of Connect Server and download the free Connect Server Google Sheets Connector.


Create a Virtual MySQL Database for ShipStation Data

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

  1. Log into Connect Server and click Databases.
  2. Select "ShipStation" from Available Data Sources.
  3. Enter the necessary authentication properties to connect to ShipStation.

    Use the BASIC Authentication standard to connect.

    1. Login to your ShipStation account
    2. Click on the settings icon in the upper right corner. A column menu will show up on the left
    3. Click Account -> API Settings
    4. On the API Settings page, note the API Key and API Secret.

    Authenticating to ShipStation

    • APIKey: Set this to the API key from the API settings page.
    • APISecret: Set this to the Secret key from the API settings page.
  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 ShipStation data from Google Sheets.

Access Live ShipStation Data in Google Sheets

The steps below outline connecting to CData Connect Server from Google Sheets to access live ShipStation data.

  1. Log into Google Sheets, create a new sheet (or open an existing one).
  2. Click Add-ons and click Get Add-ons (if you have already installed the Add-on, jump to step 5).
  3. Search for CData Connect Server Connector and select the Add-on.
  4. Authorize the Connector.
  5. Back in Google Sheets, click Add-ons and open the CData Connect Server Connector.
  6. Use your instance name (myinstance in CONNECT_SERVER_URL), username, and password to connect to your Connect Server instance.
  7. Click CREATE to access ShipStation data through your Connect Server instance.
  8. Select a Database (e.g. ShipStation1) and click Next.
  9. Select a Table (e.g. Tags) and Fields (columns), add any sorting, filtering, and limits and click Execute.

SQL Access to ShipStation Data from Applications

Now, you have a direct connection to live ShipStation data from your Google Sheets workbook. You can add more data to your workbook for calculations, aggregations, collaboration, and more.

Try CData Connect Server and get SQL data access to 200+ SaaS, Big Data, and NoSQL sources directly from your applications.