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Write data in Google Sheets using Google Sheets Connector in SSIS


In this section we will learn how to configure and use Google Sheets Connector in the API Destination to write data in the Google Sheets.

Video Tutorial - Write or lookup data to Google Sheets using SSIS

This video covers following and more so watch carefully. After watching this video follow the steps described in this article.

  • How to download SSIS PowerPack for Google Sheets integration in SSIS
  • How to configure connection for Google Sheets
  • How to Write or lookup data to Google Sheets
  • Features about SSIS API Destination
  • Using Google Sheets Connector in SSIS




How to write or lookup data to Google Sheets in SSIS (Import data)


In upper section we learned how to read data, now in this section we will learn how to configure Google Sheets in the API Source to Post data to the Google Sheets.

  1. Read the data from the source, being any desired source component. In example we will use ZappySys Dummy Data Source component.

  2. From the SSIS Toolbox drag and drop API Destination (Predefined Templates) on the Data Flow Designer surface and connect source component with it, and double click to edit it.
    SSIS API Destination (Predefined Templates) - Drag and Drop

  3. Select New Connection to create a new connection:

    API Destination - Google Sheets
    Read / write Google Sheets data inside your app, perform many Google Sheets operations without coding using easy to use high performance API Connector for Google Sheets
    API Destination - New Connection

  4. Use a preinstalled Google Sheets Connector from Popular Connector List or press Search Online radio button to download Google Sheets Connector. Once downloaded simply use it in the configuration:

    Google Sheets
    Google Sheets Connector Selection

  5. Proceed with selecting the desired Authentication Type. Then select API Base URL (in most cases default one is the right one). Finally, fill in all the required parameters and set optional parameters if needed. You may press a link Steps to Configure which will help set certain parameters. More info is available in Authentication section.

    Steps to get Google Sheets Credentials
    This connection can be configured in two ways. Use Default App (Created by ZappySys) OR Use Custom App created by you.
    To use minimum settings you can start with the ZappySys created App. Just change UseCustomApp=false on the properties grid so you dont need ClientID / Secret. When you click Generate Token you might see a warning about App is not trusted (Simply Click Advanced Link to expand hidden section and then click Go to App link to Proceed).

    To register a custom 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 the Project Popup click CREATE PROJECT.
    4. Once the 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 (Sheets API and Drive API).
    7. Search Sheets. Select and click ENABLE.
    8. Search Drive. Select and click ENABLE.
    9. Go back to the main screen of the Google API Console
    10. Click the OAuth Consent Screen tab. Enter necessary details and Save.
    11. Click the Credentials tab.
    12. Click CREATE CREDENTIALS (some where in topbar) and select OAuth Client ID option.
    13. 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.
      NOTE: If you are planning to use your current data connection/token for automated processes, we recommend that you use a generic account for token generation when the login box appears (e.g. sales_automation@mycompany.com instead of bob_smith@mycompany.com). When you use a personal account which is tied to a specific employee profile and that employee leaves the company, the token may become invalid and any automated processes using that token will fail. Another potentially unwanted effect of using a personal token is incorrect logging; the API calls (e.g. Read, Edit, Delete, Upload) made with that token will record the specific user as performing the calls instead of an automated process.
    Google Sheets
    User Account [OAuth]
    https://sheets.googleapis.com/v4/spreadsheets
    Required Parameters
    UseCustomApp Fill in the parameter...
    Default SpreadSheetId Fill in the parameter...
    Optional Parameters
    ClientId Fill in the parameter...
    ClientSecret Fill in the parameter...
    Scope Fill in the parameter...
    Default Tab Name (i.e. Sheet1) Fill in the parameter...
    RetryMode Fill in the parameter...
    RetryStatusCodeList Fill in the parameter...
    RetryCountMax Fill in the parameter...
    ZappySys OAuth Connection
    Steps to get Google Sheets 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 (Sheets API and Drive API).
    7. Search Sheets. Select and click ENABLE
    8. 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 Sheet.
    3. Navigate to Sheet 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)
    Google Sheets
    Service Account (Using Private Key File) [OAuth]
    https://sheets.googleapis.com/v4/spreadsheets
    Required Parameters
    Service Account Email Fill in the parameter...
    Service Account Private Key Path (i.e. *.p12) Fill in the parameter...
    Default SpreadSheetId Fill in the parameter...
    Optional Parameters
    Scope Fill in the parameter...
    Default Tab Name (i.e. Sheet1) Fill in the parameter...
    RetryMode Fill in the parameter...
    RetryStatusCodeList Fill in the parameter...
    RetryCountMax Fill in the parameter...
    ZappySys OAuth Connection

  6. Select the desired endpoint, change/pass the properties values, and go to the Mappings tab to map the columns.

    API Destination - Google Sheets
    Read / write Google Sheets data inside your app, perform many Google Sheets operations without coding using easy to use high performance API Connector for Google Sheets
    API Destination - Select Endpoint

  7. Finally, map the the desired columns:

    API Destination - Google Sheets
    Read / write Google Sheets data inside your app, perform many Google Sheets operations without coding using easy to use high performance API Connector for Google Sheets
    API Destination - Columns Mapping

  8. That's it; we successfully configured the POST API Call. In a few clicks we configured the Google Sheets API call using ZappySys Google Sheets Connector