Access Live Snowflake Data in Google Sheets

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

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

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

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


Create a Virtual MySQL Database for Snowflake Data

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

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

    To connect to Snowflake:

    1. Set User and Password to your Snowflake credentials and set the AuthScheme property to PASSWORD or OKTA.
    2. Set URL to the URL of the Snowflake instance (i.e.: https://myaccount.snowflakecomputing.com).
    3. Set Warehouse to the Snowflake warehouse.
    4. (Optional) Set Account to your Snowflake account if your URL does not conform to the format above.
    5. (Optional) Set Database and Schema to restrict the tables and views exposed.

    See the Getting Started guide in the CData driver documentation for more information.

  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 Snowflake data from Google Sheets.

Access Live Snowflake Data in Google Sheets

The steps below outline connecting to CData Connect Cloud from Google Sheets to access live Snowflake 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 Cloud Connector and select the Add-on.
  4. Authorize the Connector.
  5. Back in Google Sheets, click Add-ons and open the CData Connect Cloud Connector.
  6. Use your instance name (myinstance in myinstance.cdatacloud.net), username, and password to connect to your Connect Cloud instance.
  7. Click CREATE to access Snowflake data through your Connect Cloud instance.
  8. Select a Database (e.g. Snowflake1) and click Next.
  9. Select a Table (e.g. Products) and Fields (columns), add any sorting, filtering, and limits and click Execute.

SQL Access to Snowflake Data from Cloud Applications

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

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