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Connect to Live Xero WorkflowMax Data in PostGresSQL Interface through CData Connect Cloud

Create a live connection to Xero WorkflowMax in CData Connect Cloud and connect to your Xero WorkflowMax data from PostgreSQL.

There are a vast number of PostgreSQL clients available on the Internet. PostgreSQL is a popular interface for data access. When you pair PostgreSQL with CData Connect Cloud, you gain database-like access to live Xero WorkflowMax data from PostgreSQL. In this article, we walk through the process of connecting to Xero WorkflowMax data in Connect Cloud and establishing a connection between Connect Cloud and PostgreSQL using a TDS foreign data wrapper (FDW).

CData Connect Cloud provides a pure SQL Server interface for Xero WorkflowMax, allowing you to query data from Xero WorkflowMax without replicating the data to a natively supported database. Using optimized data processing out of the box, CData Connect Cloud pushes all supported SQL operations (filters, JOINs, etc.) directly to Xero WorkflowMax, leveraging server-side processing to return the requested Xero WorkflowMax data quickly.

Connect to Xero WorkflowMax in Connect Cloud

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

  1. Log into Connect Cloud, click Connections and click Add Connection
  2. Adding a Connection
  3. Select "Xero WorkflowMax" from the Add Connection panel
  4. Selecting a data source
  5. Enter the necessary authentication properties to connect to Xero WorkflowMax.

    To connect to the WorkflowMax API, obtain an APIKey and AccountKey from Xero. This can only be done by contacting Xero support (

    After obtaining an API Key and Account Key, set the values in the APIKey and AccountKey connection properties. Once these are set, you are ready to connect.

    Configuring a connection (Salesforce is shown)
  6. Click Create & Test
  7. Navigate to the Permissions tab in the Add Xero WorkflowMax Connection page and update the User-based permissions. Updating permissions

Add a Personal Access Token

If you are connecting from a service, application, platform, or framework that does not support OAuth authentication, you can create a Personal Access Token (PAT) to use for authentication. Best practices would dictate that you create a separate PAT for each service, to maintain granularity of access.

  1. Click on your username at the top right of the Connect Cloud app and click User Profile.
  2. On the User Profile page, scroll down to the Personal Access Tokens section and click Create PAT.
  3. Give your PAT a name and click Create.
  4. Creating a new PAT
  5. The personal access token is only visible at creation, so be sure to copy it and store it securely for future use.

Build the TDS Foreign Data Wrapper

The Foreign Data Wrapper can be installed as an extension to PostgreSQL, without recompiling PostgreSQL. The tds_fdw extension is used as an example (

  1. You can clone and build the git repository via something like the following view source: sudo apt-get install git git clone cd tds_fdw make USE_PGXS=1 sudo make USE_PGXS=1 install Note: If you have several PostgreSQL versions and you do not want to build for the default one, first locate where the binary for pg_config is, take note of the full path, and then append PG_CONFIG= after USE_PGXS=1 at the make commands.
  2. After you finish the installation, then start the server: sudo service postgresql start
  3. Then go inside the Postgres database psql -h localhost -U postgres -d postgres Note: Instead of localhost you can put the IP where your PostgreSQL is hosted.

Connect to Xero WorkflowMax data as a PostgreSQL Database and query the data!

After you have installed the extension, follow the steps below to start executing queries to Xero WorkflowMax data:

  1. Log into your database.
  2. Load the extension for the database: CREATE EXTENSION tds_fdw;
  3. Create a server object for Xero WorkflowMax data: CREATE SERVER "XeroWorkflowMax1" FOREIGN DATA WRAPPER tds_fdw OPTIONS (servername'', port '14333', database 'XeroWorkflowMax1');
  4. Configure user mapping with your email and Personal Access Token from your Connect Cloud account: CREATE USER MAPPING for postgres SERVER "XeroWorkflowMax1" OPTIONS (username '', password 'your_personal_access_token' );
  5. Create the local schema: CREATE SCHEMA "XeroWorkflowMax1";
  6. Create a foreign table in your local database: #Using a table_name definition: CREATE FOREIGN TABLE "XeroWorkflowMax1".Clients ( id varchar, Name varchar) SERVER "XeroWorkflowMax1" OPTIONS(table_name 'XeroWorkflowMax.Clients', row_estimate_method 'showplan_all'); #Or using a schema_name and table_name definition: CREATE FOREIGN TABLE "XeroWorkflowMax1".Clients ( id varchar, Name varchar) SERVER "XeroWorkflowMax1" OPTIONS (schema_name 'XeroWorkflowMax', table_name 'Clients', row_estimate_method 'showplan_all'); #Or using a query definition: CREATE FOREIGN TABLE "XeroWorkflowMax1".Clients ( id varchar, Name varchar) SERVER "XeroWorkflowMax1" OPTIONS (query 'SELECT * FROM XeroWorkflowMax.Clients', row_estimate_method 'showplan_all'); #Or setting a remote column name: CREATE FOREIGN TABLE "XeroWorkflowMax1".Clients ( id varchar, col2 varchar OPTIONS (column_name 'Name')) SERVER "XeroWorkflowMax1" OPTIONS (schema_name 'XeroWorkflowMax', table_name 'Clients', row_estimate_method 'showplan_all');
  7. You can now execute read/write commands to Xero WorkflowMax: SELECT id, Name FROM "XeroWorkflowMax1".Clients;

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Now, you have created a simple query from live Xero WorkflowMax data. For more information on connecting to Xero WorkflowMax (and more than 100 other data sources), visit the Connect Cloud page. Sign up for a free trial and start working with live Xero WorkflowMax data in PostgreSQL.