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Use the CData ODBC Driver for Twitter in Microsoft Power Query

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

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

Connect to Twitter 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.

All tables require authentication. You can connect using your User and Password or OAuth. To authenticate using OAuth, you can use the embedded OAuthClientId, OAuthClientSecret, and CallbackURL or you can register an app to obtain your own.

If you intend to communicate with Twitter only as the currently authenticated user, then you can obtain the OAuthAccessToken and OAuthAccessTokenSecret directly by registering an app.

See the Getting Started chapter in the help documentation for a guide to using OAuth.

Import Twitter Data

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

    SELECT From_User_Name, Retweet_Count FROM Tweets
  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.