Connecting to Google Drive

The Sisense Google Drive connector is a certified connector that allows you to import data from the Google Drive API into Sisense via theSisense generic JDBC connector. The Google Drive connector offers the most natural way to connect to Google Drive data, including Team Drives, and provides additional powerful features.

The support for the connector is provided by Sisense and will be assisted by the certification partner's support, if needed. For any support issues or additional functionality requests, please contact your Sisense representative or open a request through the Sisense Help Center. For advanced inquiries specific to driver functionality, you can also contact the certification partner’s support directly via [email protected].

After you have downloaded the driver, you can connect through a connection string. The connection string is used to authenticate users who connect to the Google Drive. Once you have connected to Google Drive, you can import a variety of tables from the Google Drive.

Note: To allow the JDBC Connector to use OAuth, you need to configure it to run as the logged-in user and not as ‘System’. You need to do this upon your first session with the JDBC Connector. This will affect all connections that use the Generic JDBC Connector. For details, click here.

This page describes how to download the Google Drive driver and deploy it, how to connect to Google Drive with a connection string, provides information about the Google Drive data model, and more.

Note: For the list of connectors available on Linux, click here.

Downloading the Google Drive JDBC Driver

You can download the Google Drive JDBC driver here.

For a short video of downloading the driver, see below (the video uses the Box driver as an example).

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Deploying the Google Drive JDBC Driver

Prerequisite: The install file (setup.jar) is a Java Application that requires Java 6 (J2SE) or above to run.

To install the driver, double-click the setup.jar file and proceed with the instructions in the installation wizard.

Depending on the machine on which you are accessing the Sisense application, install the driver in one of the following locations:

Note: The default location of the JAR file: C:\Program Files\CData\CData JDBC Driver for <Driver Name> 2019\lib

For a short video of the process, see below (the video uses the Box driver as an example).

JAVA Troubleshooting

If you do not have Java 6 installed, you may download it from here.

If your system is not set up to run Java applications, execute the following command: java -jar setup.jar.

Connecting to Google Drive

To access Google Drive REST API from Sisense, you must create the connection string to be used in Sisense.

To create the connection string:

  1. Open the lib directory for the connector. This is the default path: C:\Program Files\CData\CData JDBC Driver for <Driver Name> 2019\lib.
  2. Double-click the jar file in the lib directory.

    Alternatively, to open the jar file from the command line, enter the following command in the command prompt (change the driver name to your driver): cd C:\Program Files\CData\CData JDBC Driver for <Driver Name> 2019\lib. Press Enter and then enter the following command (change the driver name to your driver): “C:\Program Files\Sisense\infra\jre\bin\java.exe" -jar cdata.jdbc.<Driver Name>.jar. Press Enter again.
    For example:

    The Connection String Builder opens.
  3. Click in the Value column of the Initiate OAuth property and select GETANDREFRESH.
  4. Click Test Connection.
  5. A browser window opens where you need to log in to your application in order to grant access. (Each application will display a different window and messages.)
    Close the Authorization Successful! message that opens.
  6. Go back to the Connection String Builder dialog and click OK in the Test Connection Successful message to close it.
  7. Click Copy to Clipboard to obtain the connection string.

For a short video of the process, see below (the video uses the Box driver as an example).

The driver uses embedded credentials that originate from a OAuth App embedded into the driver. The embedded credentials provide full functionality, so you do not have to create an OAuth App.

Note: If you want to configure the authentication or limit the scope of the data provided to Sisense, you will need to create your own OAuth App. For details, see here.

You need to follow the above instructions only once, to retrieve the Access and Refresh tokens. Once the tokens have been retrieved, the driver will be refreshing them in the background when they expire, with no further involvement from you.

To help you create a connection string and test the connection, see Connection String Builder for Certified Connectors.

If you have any issues connecting to your data source, see Troubleshooting JDBC Data Connectors.

Adding Google Drive Tables to your ElastiCube

  1. Open Sisense.
    For a non-local installation, open Sisense on the hosted cloud environment.
  2. In the Data page, open an ElastiCube or create a new ElastiCube.
    For a non-local installation, open Sisense on the hosted cloud environment.
  3. In the Model Editor, click . The Add Data dialog box is displayed.

  4. Click Generic JDBC to open the JDBC settings.
  5. In Connection String, paste the string you obtained above. When you do so, the string is appended with some _persist properties. The following is an example of the connection string as it looks in Sisense:
    jdbc:googledrive:Initiate OAuth="GETANDREFRESH";_persist_oauthexpiresin=3199;_persist_token_timestamp=1561893244662;_persist_oauthaccesstoken=mswNfVDVpnBZc3pkQQja7WRHNebbaGZL;_persist_oauthrefreshtoken=ybofHX3Vrd7C8cPhE5ZysVxFiUmkJSiw2htjPL0nKDBgpqjcyGP6Am7KNaDzqhZz;
  6. In JDBC JARs Folder, enter the name of the directory where the Google Drive JAR file is located (see Deploying the Google Drive JDBC Driver).
  7. In Driver's Class Name, enter the following class name: cdata.jdbc.googledrive.GoogleDriveDriver.
  8. Leave the User Name and Password blank.
  9. Click Next. A list of tables in the database are displayed. All tables and views associated with the database will appear in a new window.
  10. From the Tables list, select the relevant table or view you want to work with. You can click next to the relevant table or click Preview to see a preview of the data inside it. 
  11. (Optional) Click + to customize the data you want to import with SQL. See Importing Data with Custom Queries for more information.
  12. After you have selected all the relevant tables, click Done. The tables are added to your data model.

For a short video of the process, see below (the video uses the Box driver as an example).

Google Drive Connector: Additional Resources

For the full documentation set for the Google Drive connector, click here.

For connection string options, click here.

For information on the Google Drive data model, click here.