SAP Crystal Reports Google Drive Connector

In this article you will learn how to integrate Google Drive data to SAP Crystal Reports without coding in just a few clicks (live / bi-directional connection to Google Drive). Read / write Google Drive data inside your app; perform many Google Drive operations without coding, just using easy to use high performance API Connector for Google Drive.

Using Google Drive Connector you will be able to connect, read, and write data from within SAP Crystal Reports. Follow the steps below to see how we would accomplish that.

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Create ODBC Data Source (DSN) based on ZappySys API Driver

To get data from GoogleDrive using SAP Crystal Reports we first need to create a DSN (Data Source) which will access data from GoogleDrive. We will later be able to read data using SAP Crystal Reports. Perform these steps:

  1. Install ZappySys ODBC PowerPack.

  2. Open ODBC Data Sources (x64):
    Open ODBC Data Source

  3. Create a User Data Source (User DSN) based on ZappySys API Driver

    Create new API Connection for Google Drive

    You should create System DSN if client application is launched under Windows System Account, e.g. as a Windows Service.
    Launch ODBC Data Sources 32-bit version in case your client application is a 32-bit (x86) application (required only for System DSN).
  4. When the Configuration window appears give your data source a name if you haven't done that already, then select "Google Drive" from the list of Popular Connectors. If "Google Drive" is not present in the list, then click "Search Online" and download it. Then set the path to the location where you downloaded it. Finally, click Continue >> to proceed with configuring the DSN:

    GoogleDriveDSN
    Google Drive
    ODBC DSN Template Selection

  5. Now it's time to configure the Connection Manager. Select Authentication Type, e.g. Token Authentication. Then select API Base URL (in most cases, the default one is the right one). More info is available in the Authentication section.

    Steps to get Google Drive Credentials

    To make this work you will have to create an OAuth application. To register an App, perform the following steps (Detailed steps found in the help link at the end):

    1. Go to Google API Console
    2. From the Project Dropdown (usually found at the top bar) click Select Project
    3. On Project Propup click CREATE PROJECT
    4. Once project is created you can click Select Project to switch the context (You can click on Notification link or Choose from Top Dropdown)
    5. Click ENABLE APIS AND SERVICES
    6. Now we need to enable Google Drive API.
    7. Search Google Drive API. Select and click ENABLE
    8. Go to back to main screen of Google API Console
    9. Click OAuth Concent Screen Tab. Enter necessary details and Save.
    10. Click Credentials Tab
    11. Click CREATE CREDENTIALS (some where in topbar) and select OAuth Client ID option.
    12. When prompted Select Application Type as Desktop App and click Create to receive your ClientID and Secret. You can use this information now to configure Connection with UseCustomApp=true.

    Fill in all required parameters and set optional parameters if needed:

    GoogleDriveDSN
    Google Drive
    User Account [OAuth]
    https://www.googleapis.com/
    Required Parameters
    UseCustomApp Fill in the parameter...
    Optional Parameters
    ClientId Fill in the parameter...
    ClientSecret Fill in the parameter...
    Scope Fill in the parameter...
    RetryMode Fill in the parameter...
    RetryStatusCodeList Fill in the parameter...
    RetryCountMax Fill in the parameter...
    RetryMultiplyWaitTime Fill in the parameter...
    ODBC DSN Oauth Connection Configuration
    Steps to get Google Drive Credentials
    Use these steps to authenticate as service account rather than Google / GSuite User. Learn more about service account here

    Basically to call Google API as Service account we need to perform following steps listed in 3 sections (Detailed steps found in the help link at the end)

    Create Project

    First thing is create a Project so we can call Google API. Skip this section if you already have Project (Go to next section)
    1. Go to Google API Console
    2. From the Project Dropdown (usually found at the top bar) click Select Project
    3. On Project Propup click CREATE PROJECT
    4. Once project is created you can click Select Project to switch the context (You can click on Notification link or Choose from Top Dropdown)
    5. Click ENABLE APIS AND SERVICES
    6. Now we need to Enable two APIs one by one (Drive API).
    7. Search Drive. Select and click ENABLE

    Create Service Account

    Once Project is created and APIs are enabled we can now create a service account under that project. Service account has its ID which looks like some email ID (not to confuse with Google /Gmail email ID)
    1. Go to Create Service Account
    2. From the Project Dropdown (usually found at the top bar) click Select Project
    3. Enter Service account name and Service account description
    4. For Role, do not select anything for now and Click Continue and then click Done. Next we will create Key.

    Create Key

    Once service account is created we need to create key file (i.e. credentials).
    1. In the Cloud Console, click the email address for the service account that you created.
    2. Click Keys.
    3. Click Add key, then click Create new key.
    4. Click Create and select P12 format. A P12 key file is downloaded to your computer. We will use this file in our API connection.
    5. Click Close.
    6. Now you may use downloaded *.p12 key file as secret file and Service Account Email as Client ID (e.g. some-service-account-name@your-project-id.iam.gserviceaccount.com ).

    Add Permission

    Now last thing is give read/write permission to Service Account. Basically you can create or open Google Sheet and add the Service Account as an editor to it as below.
    1. Copy the email address of your service account we created in previous step (its usually like this some-service-account-name@your-project-id.iam.gserviceaccount.com).
    2. Create or select an existing Google Docs File.
    3. Navigate to Google Docs File for which you like to give read/write access to Service Account.
    4. Click on the Share button in the top right, and add the email address of the service account as an editor. Here is how to share file(s) with specific people. Juse share with Service Account (use Service Account Email found on previous section)

    Fill in all required parameters and set optional parameters if needed:

    GoogleDriveDSN
    Google Drive
    Service Account (Using Private Key File) [OAuth]
    https://www.googleapis.com/
    Required Parameters
    Service Account Email Fill in the parameter...
    Service Account Private Key Path (i.e. *.p12) Fill in the parameter...
    Optional Parameters
    Scope Fill in the parameter...
    RetryMode Fill in the parameter...
    RetryStatusCodeList Fill in the parameter...
    RetryCountMax Fill in the parameter...
    RetryMultiplyWaitTime Fill in the parameter...
    ODBC DSN Oauth Connection Configuration

  6. Once the data source has been configured, you can preview data. Select the Preview tab and use settings similar to the following to preview data:
    ODBC ZappySys Data Source Preview

  7. Click OK to finish creating the data source.

Read data in SAP Crystal Reports from the ODBC data source

  1. First of all, open SAP Crystal Reports and create the new Crystal Report.
    Create New Crystal Report

  2. And it will open the new data source selection window. Under ODBC(RDO) double click on the Make New Connection and Select the desired ODBC DSN, in our case we need to select GoogleDriveDSN which we created in upper section. And Click on Next.

    GoogleDriveDSN
    SAP Crystal Report - Select ODBC GoogleDriveDSN DSN

  3. Expand the Connection and under the data select the desired table(s) or view(s) and click Add > button and click on Next.

    GoogleDriveDSN
    GoogleDriveDSN
    SAP Crystal Report - Add ODBC GoogleDriveDSN DSN Tables

  4. Add the desired Fields to Display in the Reports. Here we are adding all fields and click on Finish.
    SAP Crystal Report - Add Display Fields

  5. That's it and you will be able to load the data in the Report.
    SAP Crystal Report - GoogleDriveDSN Data Output

Using ZappySys Driver Custom Views and Store Procedure in SAP Crystal Report

You can create parameterized Stored Procedure and Virtual Tables on the same Data Source (ODBC DSN or Data Gateway Data Source). Please refer to this article for the same. You can create procedures to encapsulate custom logic and then only pass handful parameters rather than long SQL to execute your API call.

Using Custom Views in the SAP Crystal Report

After establishing the connection with GoogleDriveDSN Data Source you can use the custom view in SQL Crystal Report.
GoogleDriveDSN
GoogleDriveDSN
SAP Crystal Report - Custom Views

Using Custom Store Procedure in the SAP Crystal Report

  1. First of all, create the custom store procedure in the ZappySys Driver. Please refer to this article to create the custom store procedure.
    ZappySys Driver Custom Store Procedure
  2. After establishing the connection with GoogleDriveDSN Data Source you can use the custom Store Procedure in SQL Crystal Report. Same way you can write custom queries also in the query box.
    GoogleDriveDSN
    SAP Crystal Report - Custom Views

Create Custom Store Procedure in ZappySys Driver

You can create procedures to encapsulate custom logic and then only pass handful parameters rather than long SQL to execute your API call.

Steps to create Custom Store Procedure in ZappySys Driver. You can insert Placeholders anywhere inside Procedure Body. Read more about placeholders here

  1. Go to Custom Objects Tab and Click on Add button and Select Add Procedure:
    ZappySys Driver - Add Store Procedure

  2. Enter the desired Procedure name and click on OK:
    ZappySys Driver - Add Store Procedure Name

  3. Select the created Store Procedure and write the your desired store procedure and Save it and it will create the custom store procedure in the ZappySys Driver:
    Here is an example stored procedure for ZappySys Driver. You can insert Placeholders anywhere inside Procedure Body. Read more about placeholders here

    CREATE PROCEDURE [usp_get_orders]
        @fromdate = '<<yyyy-MM-dd,FUN_TODAY>>'
     AS
        SELECT * FROM Orders where OrderDate >= '<@fromdate>';
    

    ZappySys Driver - Create Custom Store Procedure

  4. That's it now go to Preview Tab and Execute your Store Procedure using Exec Command. In this example it will extract the orders from the date 1996-01-01:

    Exec usp_get_orders '1996-01-01';

    ZappySys Driver - Execute Custom Store Procedure

Create Custom Virtual Table in ZappySys Driver

ZappySys API Drivers support flexible Query language so you can override Default Properties you configured on Data Source such as URL, Body. This way you don't have to create multiple Data Sources if you like to read data from multiple EndPoints. However not every application support supplying custom SQL to driver so you can only select Table from list returned from driver.

Many applications like MS Access, Informatica Designer wont give you option to specify custom SQL when you import Objects. In such case Virtual Table is very useful. You can create many Virtual Tables on the same Data Source (e.g. If you have 50 URLs with slight variations you can create virtual tables with just URL as Parameter setting.

  1. Go to Custom Objects Tab and Click on Add button and Select Add Table:
    ZappySys Driver - Add Table

  2. Enter the desired Table name and click on OK:
    ZappySys Driver - Add Table Name

  3. And it will open the New Query Window Click on Cancel to close that window and go to Custom Objects Tab.

  4. Select the created table, Select Text Type AS SQL and write the your desired SQL Query and Save it and it will create the custom table in the ZappySys Driver:
    Here is an example SQL query for ZappySys Driver. You can insert Placeholders also. Read more about placeholders here

    SELECT
      "ShipCountry",
      "OrderID",
      "CustomerID",
      "EmployeeID",
      "OrderDate",
      "RequiredDate",
      "ShippedDate",
      "ShipVia",
      "Freight",
      "ShipName",
      "ShipAddress",
      "ShipCity",
      "ShipRegion",
      "ShipPostalCode"
    FROM "Orders"
    Where "ShipCountry"='USA'

    ZappySys Driver - Create Custom Table

  5. That's it now go to Preview Tab and Execute your custom virtual table query. In this example it will extract the orders for the USA Shipping Country only:

    SELECT * FROM "vt__usa_orders_only"

    ZappySys Driver - Execute Custom Virtual Table Query

Conclusion

In this article we discussed how to connect to Google Drive in SAP Crystal Reports and integrate data without any coding. Click here to Download Google Drive Connector for SAP Crystal Reports and try yourself see how easy it is. If you still have any question(s) then ask here or simply click on live chat icon below and ask our expert (see bottom-right corner of this page).

Documentation 

Actions supported by Google Drive Connector

Google Drive Connector support following actions for REST API integration. If some actions are not listed below then you can easily edit Connector file and enhance out of the box functionality.
 Get drive info
Gets drive information
 Search items
Lists items (i.e. files / folders) with search criteria
 List folders
Lists folders
Parameter Description
PageSize
Search Criteria
 List files
Lists files
Parameter Description
PageSize
Search Criteria Data filter (e.g. somecolumn -eq &#39;somevalue&#39; ) , User can select multiple filter criteria using &#39;AND&#39;,&#39;OR&#39; operator , Note*:- please refer the link for more filter criteria : https://zappysys.com/links?url=https://developers.google.com/drive/api/guides/search-files
Option Value
none
Allow only shared files and folders sharedWithMe=true
Skip trashed files trashed=false
Skip Folders mimeType!=&#39;application/vnd.google-apps.folder&#39;
Skip App Script mimeType!=&#39;application/vnd.google-apps.script&#39;
Search for file name name=&#39;enter the filename here&#39;
Search for full text fullText contains &#39;enter the fullText here&#39;
Search for spreadsheet mimeType = &#39;application/vnd.google-apps.spreadsheet&#39;
Search for multiple files type mimeType contains &#39;application/vnd.google-apps.spreadsheet&#39; OR mimeType contains &#39;application/vnd.google-apps.document&#39; OR mimeType contains &#39;application/vnd.google-apps.presentation&#39; OR mimeType contains &#39;application/vnd.google-apps.drawing&#39;
 List deleted files
Lists files
Parameter Description
PageSize
Search Criteria
 Get file info
Gets information of a file
Parameter Description
Id Id of a file you want to see information for
 Download a file
Downloads a file
Parameter Description
File Id Id of a file you want to download
 Export a file
Export a document editor files such document, Spreadsheets, Drawings, Presentations, Apps Scripts to common file formats as defined in this link https://developers.google.com/drive/api/guides/ref-export-formats
Parameter Description
File Id Id of a file you want to export and file must be editor type (e.g. document, Spreadsheets, Drawings, Presentations, Apps Scripts)
Export As (Mime Type) The MIME type of the format requested for this export.
Option Value
None
Export to PDF application/pdf
Export to HTML text/html
Export to HTML (zipped) application/zip
Export to Plain text text/plain
Export to Rich text application/rtf
Export to Open Office doc application/vnd.oasis.opendocument.text
Export to MS Word document application/vnd.openxmlformats-officedocument.wordprocessingml.document
Export to EPUB application/epub+zip
Export to MS Excel application/vnd.openxmlformats-officedocument.spreadsheetml.sheet
Export to Open Office sheet application/x-vnd.oasis.opendocument.spreadsheet
Export to (sheet only) text/tab-separated-values
Export to JPEG image/jpeg
Export to PNG image/png
Export to SVG image/svg+xml
Export to MS PowerPoint application/vnd.openxmlformats-officedocument.presentationml.presentation
Export to Open Office presentation application/vnd.oasis.opendocument.presentation
Export to JSON application/vnd.google-apps.script+json
fields fields
 Upload a file
Uploads a file
Parameter Description
FileName A filename the file will have in Google Drive
DiskFilePath Specify a disk file path
ParentFolderId Id of a parent folder you want to upload the file in. Use value &#39;root&#39; to place the file in the topmost level.
KeepRevisionForever Defines whether uploaded file has revisions
AddParents A comma-separated list of parent IDs to add
OcrLanguage A language hint for OCR processing during image import (ISO 639-1 code).
UseContentAsIndexableText Whether to use the uploaded content as indexable text.
 Create a folder
Creates a folder
Parameter Description
Name A folder name the folder will have in Google Drive
ParentFolderId Id of a parent folder you want to create the folder in. Use value &#39;root&#39; to create the folder in the topmost level.
 Delete an item
Deletes an item
 Duplicate a file
Duplicates a file
Parameter Description
Id Id of a file you want to duplicate
 Update a file
Update file
Parameter Description
Id Id of a file you want to update
DiskFilePath A disk file path you want to update file contents with
KeepRevisionForever Defines whether uploaded file has revisions
AddParents A comma-separated list of parent IDs to add
OcrLanguage A language hint for OCR processing during image import (ISO 639-1 code).
UseContentAsIndexableText Whether to use the uploaded content as indexable text.
 Update metadata in a file
Updates metadata in a file
Parameter Description
Id Id of a file you want to update metadata to
KeepRevisionForever Defines whether uploaded file has revisions
Option Value
True True
False False
AddParents A comma-separated list of parent IDs to add
OcrLanguage A language hint for OCR processing during image import (ISO 639-1 code).
UseContentAsIndexableText Whether to use the uploaded content as indexable text.
 Empty trash
Empties trash
 Delete all items
Deletes all items from the drive
 Generic Request
This is generic endpoint. Use this endpoint when some actions are not implemented by connector. Just enter partial URL (Required), Body, Method, Header etc. Most parameters are optional except URL.
Parameter Description
Url API URL goes here. You can enter full URL or Partial URL relative to Base URL. If it is full URL then domain name must be part of ServiceURL or part of TrustedDomains
Body Request Body content goes here
IsMultiPart Check this option if you want to upload file(s) (i.e. POST RAW file data) or send data using Multi-Part encoding method (i.e. Content-Type: multipart/form-data). Multi-Part request allows you to mix key/value and upload files in same request. On the other hand raw upload allows only single file upload (without any key/value) ==== Raw Upload (Content-Type: application/octet-stream) ===== To upload single file in raw mode check this option and specify full file path starting with @ sign in the Body (e.g. @c:\data\myfile.zip ) ==== Form-Data / Multipart Upload (Content-Type: multipart/form-data) ===== To treat your Request data as multi part fields you must specify key/value pairs separated by new lines into RequestData field (i.e. Body). Each key value pair is entered on new-line and key/value are separated using equal sign (=). Preceding and trailing spaces are ignored also blank lines are ignored. If field value has some any special character(s) then use escape sequence (e.g. For NewLine: \r\n, For Tab: \t, For at (@): \@). When value of any field starts with at sign (@) its automatically treated as File you want to upload. By default file content type is determined based on extension however you can supply content type manually for any field using this way [ YourFileFieldName.Content-Type=some-content-type ]. By default File Upload Field always includes Content-Type in the request (non file fields do not have content-type by default unless you supply manually). For some reason if you dont want to use Content-Type header in your request then supply blank Content-Type to exclude this header altogather [e.g. SomeFieldName.Content-Type= ]. In below example we have supplied Content-Type for file2 and SomeField1, all other fields are using default content-type. See below Example of uploading multiple files along with additional fields. file1=@c:\data\Myfile1.txt file2=@c:\data\Myfile2.json file2.Content-Type=application/json SomeField1=aaaaaaa SomeField1.Content-Type=text/plain SomeField2=12345 SomeFieldWithNewLineAndTab=This is line1\r\nThis is line2\r\nThis is \ttab \ttab \ttab SomeFieldStartingWithAtSign=\@MyTwitterHandle
Filter Enter filter to extract array from response. Example: $.rows[*] --OR-- $.customers[*].orders[*]. Check your response document and find out hierarchy you like to extract
Headers Headers for Request. To enter multiple headers use double pipe or new line after each {header-name}:{value} pair

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Documentation 

  • How to connect Google Drive in SAP Crystal Reports?

  • How to get Google Drive data in SAP Crystal Reports?

  • How to read Google Drive data in SAP Crystal Reports?

  • How to load Google Drive data in SAP Crystal Reports?

  • How to import Google Drive data in SAP Crystal Reports?

  • How to pull Google Drive data in SAP Crystal Reports?

  • How to push data to Google Drive in SAP Crystal Reports?

  • How to write data to Google Drive in SAP Crystal Reports?

  • How to POST data to Google Drive in SAP Crystal Reports?

  • Call Google Drive API in SAP Crystal Reports

  • Consume Google Drive API in SAP Crystal Reports

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  • Google Drive SAP Crystal Reports Integration

  • Integration Google Drive in SAP Crystal Reports

  • Consume real-time Google Drive data in SAP Crystal Reports

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  • Load Google Drive data in SAP Crystal Reports

  • Read Google Drive data in SAP Crystal Reports

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