Use the CData ODBC Driver for Smartsheet in Microsoft Power Query

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Smartsheet ODBC Driver

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

Access Smartsheet Sheets, Contacts, Folders, Groups, Users, etc. through a standard ODBC Driver interface.



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

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

Connect to Smartsheet 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.

Smartsheet uses the OAuth authentication standard. To authenticate using OAuth, you will need to register an app to obtain the OAuthClientId, OAuthClientSecret, and CallbackURL connection properties.

However, for testing purposes you can instead use the Personal Access Token you get when you create an application; set this to the OAuthAccessToken connection property.

Import Smartsheet Data

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

    SELECT TaskName, Progress FROM Sheet_Event_Plan_Budget
  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.