Use the CData ODBC Driver for Slack in Microsoft Power Query

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Slack ODBC Driver

The Slack ODBC Driver is a powerful tool that allows you to connect with live data from Slack, directly from any applications that support ODBC connectivity.

Access Slack data like you would a database - read, write, and update Slack User, Channels, Messages, Files, etc. through a standard ODBC Driver interface.



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

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

Connect to Slack 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.

Slack uses the OAuth authentication standard. To authenticate using OAuth, you will need to create an app to obtain the OAuthClientId, OAuthClientSecret, and CallbackURL connection properties. See the Getting Started section of the help documentation for an authentication guide.

Import Slack Data

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

    SELECT Id, Name FROM Channels
  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.